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July 31, 2020: The Judicial Branch announced today a revision to the State of Maine Judicial Branch COVID-19 Phased Management Plan and issued PMO-SJC-7 regarding trial court remote proceedings and public access.
July 23, 2020: The Supreme Judicial Court issued a revision to the affidavit, Cares Act and Federal Programs Verification for Forcible Entry and Detainer, found in appendix A of PMO-SJC-6.
July 21, 2020: The Maine Judicial Branch announced today the release of PMO-SJC-6: Emergency Rules from the Supreme Judicial Court for Forcible Entry and Detainer (Eviction) Cases setting forth procedures that will apply to all Forcible Entry and Detainer (FED) (eviction) cases pending from March 18, 2020, the date of the first order issued by the Supreme Judicial Court in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, through August 31, 2020.
July 2, 2020: The Supreme Judicial Court has established a high-profile case page for the matter of Avangrid Networks, Inc., et al. v. Secretary of State et al., an appeal from an order of the Superior Court (Cumberland County) dismissing Avangrid Networks' complaint seeking to enjoin the Secretary of State from placing a citizen initiative to reject the New England Clean Energy Connect Transmission Project on the November 3, 2020, ballot. The Court invites briefs of amici curiae. Details on the procedure for the matter are available on the high-profile case page and in the procedural order issued by the Court.
July 2, 2020: The Judicial Branch announced today an update to the State of Maine Judicial Branch COVID-19 Phased Management Plan, expanding the maximum number of people permitted in a courtroom from 10 to 50 beginning in Phase 3. Social distancing requirements will remain in effect.
June 18, 2020: The Supreme Judicial Court has established a high-profile case page for the matter of Payne v. Secretary of State, a reported matter from the Superior Court on issues relating to the people's veto petition regarding An Act to Implement Ranked-choice Voting for Presidential Primary and General Elections in Maine, L.D. 1083 of the 129th Legislature. The Court invites briefs of amici curiae. Details on the procedure for the matter are available on the high-profile case page and in the procedural order issued by the Court.
June 15, 2020: Law Court invites amicus briefs on termination of parental rights of a parent who is unable to provide direct care of a child, when the child is
being cared for safely and appropriately
by relatives under a guardianship. Briefs due by July 13, 2020.
June 8, 2020: The Supreme Judicial Court issued a statement on efforts to deliver equal justice and combat racism.
June 5, 2020: The Supreme Judicial Court issued a revision to PMO-SJC-2 to consolidate, clarify, correct, and ratify earlier emergency orders, including the administration of oaths at depositions conducted remotely via audio-video communication equipment and other matters.
June 4, 2020: The Supreme Judicial Court issued a revision to PMO-SJC-4 to allow for the refund of fees paid to the Maine Board of Bar Examiners for the cancelled July examination dates under certain circumstances.
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