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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 July 1, 2015)
- Rules for guardians ad litem: (Comments received at or after the public hearing on November 13, 2014 are not posted here.)
- October 10, 2014: Supreme Judicial Court to hold public hearing on November 13, 2014, at 10:00 a.m., regarding the Report of the Family Division Task Force; the proposed repeal and replacement of the Maine Rules for Guardians Ad Litem; and the proposed repeal and replacement of the Maine Bar Rules.
- July 16, 2014: The Supreme Judicial Court invites comments on a proposed repeal and replacement of the Maine Rules for Guardians Ad Litem based on the work of the Guardian ad LItem Task Force and the Guardian ad Litem Stakeholders Group. Comments due by September 12, 2014.
- December 10, 2013: Comments received in response to notice of November 13, 2013. (Redacted to remove some personal information, mostly telephone numbers and email addresses):
- November 13, 2013: Notice of Opportunity to Comment on proposed amendments to the Maine Rules for Guardians Ad Litem.
- Final report of the National Center for State Courts, Guardians Ad Litem Appointed to Represent the Best Interest of Children in Maine: Domestic Relations Cases, dated October 2013.
- Letter from Chief Justice Leigh Saufley to Senator Linda Valentino and Representative Charles Priest, dated November 12, 2013.
- August 6, 2013: On behalf of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, the Chief Justice seeks final recommendations from the Guardian ad Litem Stakeholders Group after receiving a report from the Maine Family Law Advisory Commission.
- July 22, 2013: Family Law Advisory Commission Report to Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Recommendations for Amending the Maine Rules for Guardians ad Litem
- March 6, 2013: Recommendations for Amending the Maine Rules for Guardians Ad Litem--Report to the Supreme Judicial Court by the Guardian Ad Litem Stakeholders Group
|Rule Set Adopted or Amended||Rule Nos. Adopted or Amended||Subject|
|6/30/15||7/1/15||2015 Me. Rules 06||Bar Rules||All||Replacement of Maine Bar Rules|
|6/4/15||7/1/15||2015 Me. Rules 05||Probate||76H||Electronic sound recording of courtroom proceedings|
|4/29/15||5/1/15||2015 Me. Rules 04||Unified Criminal Procedure||27; 49(f)||Electronic sound recording of courtroom proceedings; transcripts|
|4/29/15||5/1/15||2015 Me. Rules 03||Civil||76H; 77(b)||Electronic sound recording of courtroom proceedings|
|4/13/15||5/1/15||2015 Me. Rules 02||Civil Procedure||17A(b)||Settlement of claims of minor plaintiffs|
|3/16/15||3/6/15||2015 Me. Rules 01||Unified Criminal Procedure||1(e)||Effective date in Oxford County|
|12/19/14||1/1/15, 4/1/15, or 7/1/15, depending on county. See "Criminal Rules" below||2014 Me. Rules 16||Unified Criminal Procedure||All||Adopting Maine Rules of Unified Criminal Procedure, to replace Maine Rules of Criminal Procedure and administrative orders regarding proceedings in Unified Criminal Dockets|
|11/24/14||1/1/15||2014 Me. Rules 15||Evidence||All||Restyling of Rules of Evidence|
(Updated July 1, 2015)
- Maine Rules of Civil Procedure:
- Maine Rules of Unified Criminal Procedure
- Maine Rules of Evidence
- Maine Rules of Appellate Procedure
- Rules governing judges:
- Rules governing lawyers:
- Maine Rules of Professional Conduct (ethical rules):
- Other rules governing lawyers:
- Maine Bar Rules (July 2015) (order adopting rules)
- Maine Bar Admission Rules (November 2014)
- Rules for the Maine Assistance Program for Lawyers (November 2014)
- Rules for Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection (September 2013)
- Maine Rules for Guardians Ad Litem (August 2004)
- Maine Civil Legal Services Fund Commission (July 2008)
- A Guide for Appeals to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court (August 2009)
- Maine Law Review: Uniform Maine Citations (2014) -- Uniform Maine Citations, 2014 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.