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- Proposed and recommended rule amendments
- Recent rule amendments and orders regarding rules
- Procedural rules
- Rules governing judges, lawyers, and guardians ad litem
- Other guides
(Updated March 14, 2018)
- March 14, 2018: SJC invites comments on proposals by Advisory Committee on Professional Responsibility to amend the Maine Bar Rules to require recording of Fee Arbitration Commission proceedings and to amend the Rules of Professional Conduct to modify the conflict-of-interest rules when lawyers change firms. Comments due by March 28, 2018.
- Febraury 23, 2018: Supreme Judicial Court invites comments on proposals by the Advisory Committee on Rules of Evidence to amend the hearsay rules. Comments due by March 23, 2018.
- January 12, 2018: The Supreme Judicial Court invites comments on a proposed amendment to M.R. Civ. P. 30 to permit any party to record at a deposition. Comments due by January 26, 2018.
- January 25, 2018: The Supreme Judicial Court has deferred any final action on the proposed amendments to M.R. Prof. Conduct 8.4 until the Advisory Committee on the Maine Rules of Professional Conduct has fully considered the proposal. Documents related to the proposal:
- Proposed amendment to M.R. Prof. Conduct 8.4
- Letter from Chief Justice Leigh I. Saufley to Clifford Ruprecht, Esq., Chair, Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct, dated January 18, 2018
- Comments of Bernstein Shur
- Comments of Roger Clement, Esq., David P. Crocker, Esq., Bryan M. Dench, Esq., Joshua D. Dunlap, Esq., Gregory S. Fryer, Esq., Joanne Fryer, Esq., Robert B. Gregory, Esq., Ardith Keef, Esq., Ronald P. Lebel, Esq., Richard Moon, Esq., Christopher R. Smith, Esq., William Smyth, Esq., and Stephen C. Whiting, Esq.
- Comments of Drummond Woodsum
- Comments of Charles E. Gilbert III, Esq.
- Comments of A.J. Greif, Esq.
- Comments of Robert Hark, Esq.
- Comments of Stephen T. Hayes, Esq.
- Comments of the Immigration Legal Advocacy Project
- Comments of Bruce R. Johnson
- Comments of Legal Services for the Elderly
- Comments of Bill Leonard, Esq.
- Comments of Maine Equal Justice Partners
- Comments of the Maine Human Rights Commission
- Comments of the Maine Justice Foundation
- Comments of the Maine State Bar Association
- Comments of Charles W. March, Esq.
- Comments of Frank T. McGuire, Esq.
- Comments of Walter F. McKee, Esq.
- Comments of Murray Plumb & Murray
- Comments of Pine Tree Legal Assistance
- Comments of Michael R. Poulin, Esq.
- Comments of Preti Flaherty
- Comments of Andrew Schmidt, Esq.
- Comments of Deidre M. Smith, Esq.
- Comments of Zachary J. Smith, Esq.
- Comments of Allan K. Townsend, Esq.
- Comments of Volunteer Lawyers Project
- Comments of Rebecca S. Webber, Esq., and Jordan Payne Hay, Esq.
- Comments of Martin C. Womer, Esq.
|Rule Set Adopted or Amended||Rule Nos. Adopted or Amended||Subject|
|2/16/18||2/14/18||2018 Me. Rules 02||Civil||30(b)(4)||Recording of depositions|
|1/23/18||1/31/18||2018 Me. Rules 01||Guardians ad litem||5(k), (l)||Billing standards; compliance reports|
|10/19/17||10/18/17||2017 Me. Rules 10||Civil||80F||Changes to allow use of electronic filing of violation summons and complaint|
|9/15/17||9-5-17||2017 Me. Rules 09||Judicial Conduct||4.1(A)||Political conduct of incumbent judges and judicial candidates|
|7/6/17||9/1/17||2017 Me. Rules 08||Appellate||19(d)-(k)||Correction of subdivision lettering and numbering|
|6/13/17||9/1/17||2017 Me. Rules 07||Appellate||Entire set||Restyled Maine Rules of Appellate Procedure|
|6/13/17||6/5/17||2017 Me. Rules 06||Bar||13(e)(7)(D); 25||Non-disciplinary sanctions by agreement|
|6/2/17||5/30/17||2017 Me. Rules 05||Civil||77(c)||Designation of hours of operation of clerks' offices|
(Updated February 16, 2018)
- Maine Rules of Civil Procedure:
- Maine Rules of Unified Criminal Procedure
- Maine Rules of Evidence
- Maine Rules of Appellate Procedure
- Restyled Rules complete with advisory notes (September 2017). These rules apply to appeals filed on or after September 1, 2017. For the former rules, see the 2016 court rules publication by Tower Publishing.
(Updated September 25, 2017)
- Rules governing judges:
- Maine Code of Judicial Conduct only (no advisory notes) (September 2017)
- Maine Code of Judicial Conduct complete with advisory notes (September 2017)
- Maine Rules of the Committee on Judicial Responsibility and Disability (January 2015)
- Rules governing lawyers:
- Maine Rules of Professional Conduct (ethical rules):
- Rules complete with advisory notes (September 2015)
- Maine Bar Rules:
- Other rules governing lawyers:
- Maine Bar Admission Rules (May 2017)
- Rules for the Maine Assistance Program for Lawyers (November 2014)
- Rules for Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection (September 2013)
- Maine Rules of Professional Conduct (ethical rules):
- Rules governing guardians ad litem:
- Maine Civil Legal Services Fund Commission (July 2008)
- Checklist for Preparing, Filing, and Maintaining an Appeal Pursuant to the Maine Rules of Appellate Procedure (September 2017)
- Appellate Practice Guide for use with The Maine Rules of Appellate Procedure (restyled, effective September 1, 2017) (September 2017)
- A Guide for Appeals to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court (August 2009). Note: This guide is based on the former rules, applicable to appeals filed before September 1, 2017.
- Maine Law Review: Uniform Maine Citations (2017) -- Uniform Maine Citations, 2016-2017 Edition, provides updated rules for the citation of Maine legal authorities, including judicial decisions, constitutional provisions, statutory and legislative materials, court rules, treatises, periodicals, and miscellaneous Maine authorities.