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Indigent Legal Services Transferred From Judicial Branch To Independent Commission

Legislation passed during the first session of the 124th Maine Legislature enacted 4 M.R.S. Chapter 37, establishing the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services.
An independent statutory entity, the Commission is empowered to provide legal representation at state expense to indigent persons, consistent with federal and state constitutional and statutory obligations.

The Commission was charged with developing standards for the delivery of indigent legal services and establishing and maintaining a system to provide quality and efficient indigent legal services.

The Commission also created a website at www.mainegov/mcils for the public and members of the bar.