Supreme Judicial Court Calendar

Oral arguments are at the Cumberland County Courthouse in Portland unless otherwise indicated. Additional dates may be scheduled to accommodate workload.

Caution: This schedule is subject to change. The case summaries are prepared by Court staff for the convenience of the public and are not to be construed as statements of the Court.

 

Oral Arguments: Tuesday, May 7, 2024
at the Cumberland County Courthouse, Portland

Video Stream
Time Docket Number Case Name Attorneys Topics & Briefs Audio
9:50 a.m. Ken-23-393 Patrick Gordon v. Maine Commission on Public Defense Services Verne E. Paradie; Megan M. Hudson-MacRae Removal of attorney from roster of attorneys eligible for court appointments; compliance with investigation; authority of interim executive director

The parties' briefs or a summary will be posted soon.
10:40 a.m. Han-23-371 Michael Good et al. v. Town of Bar Harbor Maxwell Coolidge; Jonathan P. Hunter; Stephen W. Wagner Vote by residents on proposed modifications to Town charter as one question or as separate questions as to each modification; remedy for incorrect presentation to voters

The parties' briefs or a summary will be posted soon.
11:30 a.m. Pen-23-376 State of Maine v. Ronald A. Harding Leanne Robbin; Rory A. McNamara Manslaughter; sufficiency of evidence; propriety of prosecutor's closing argument

The parties' briefs or a summary will be posted soon.
1:30 p.m. Ken-23-348 Eastern Maine Conservation Initiative et al. v. Board of Environmental Protection et al. Elizabeth A. Boepple; Sean R. Turley; Ellen P. Masalsky; Patrick I. Marass; Katherine A. Joyce; Rachael McEntee; Robert I. Martin; Jack Dafoe Natural Resources Protection Act; discharge of wastewater from aquaculture facility; independent review of impact on water quality; economic considerations

Appellants' brief
Appellee Kingfish Maine's brief
Appellee BEP's brief
Appellants' reply brief
2:20 p.m. Cum-23-329 Mark Cardilli Jr. v. State of Maine Thomas F. Hallett; Leanne Robbin Post-conviction review; manslaughter; expert testimony regarding use of force; ineffective assistance of counsel



3:10 p.m. Som-22-182 State of Maine v. Nicholas W. Norris Jason Horn; James M. Mason Dismissal of charge by State; speedy trial; probable cause to support search and tracking warrants





Oral Arguments: Wednesday, May 8, 2024
At the Cumberland County Courthouse, Portland

Video Stream

Time Docket Number Case Name Attorneys Topics & Briefs Audio
9:50 a.m. Pen-23-273 Estate of Leo Mitsin Joseph M. Baldacci; Gerald S. Nessmann Civil procedure; propriety of order on topic neither raised in proceedings nor tried by explicit or implied consent

The parties' briefs or a summary will be posted soon.
10:40 a.m. Pen-23-230 Wilmington Savings Fund Society FSB v. David D. Blake et al. William Fogel; Richard W. McCarthy Jr. Foreclosure; standing; recording transfer of mortgage in wrong registry of deeds; sufficiency of evidence of debt remaining

The parties' briefs or a summary will be posted soon
11:30 a.m. PUC-23-388 Industrial Energy Consumer Group v. Public Utilities Commission Anthony W. Buxton; Joseph G. Donahue; Leslie Raber; Jordan McColman; William S. Harwood; Andrew Landry Electricity rates; allocation among customers of "stranded costs" resulting from required net-engery-billing arrangements; preemption by the Federal Power Act; validity of Commission's rate-design proceedings

The parties' briefs or a summary will be posted soon.
1:30 p.m. Ken-23-420 In Her Presence et al. v. Department of Health and Human Services Frank D'Alessandro; Oriana Farnham; Ellen P. Masalsky; Brendan Kreckel; Margaret Machaiek Elegibility of noncitizens for transitional support services under Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program

The parties' briefs or a summary will be posted soon.

2:20 p.m. Ken-23-426 William Clardy et al. v. Troy D. Jackson et al. Carl E. Woock; Stephen C. Smith; Kimberly L. Patwardhan Authority of Governor to call special session of Legislature after Legislature declined to do so; cooperation between legislative leaders and governor; authority of courts to review actions of governor and legislative leaders in calling special session

The parties' briefs or a summary will be posted soon.
3:10 p.m. Som-22-182 State of Maine v. Nicholas W. Norris Jason Horn; James M. Mason Topics and summary to be announced





Oral Arguments: Thursday, May 9, 2024
At the Cumberland County Courthouse, Portland

Video Stream
Time Docket Number Case Name Attorneys Topics & Summary Audio
9:50 a.m. Cum-23-342 Estate of Alicin E. Daggett Donna A. Bailey; Maryellen Sullivan Ability of person adopted by one natural parent and that natural parent's spouse to inherit from other natural parent; effect of change in statutory provisions regarding inheritance by adoptees

The parties' briefs or a summary will be posted soon.
10:40 a.m. And-23-310 Helen Crabtree v. Central Maine Medical Center John P. Gause; Brooke K. Haley; Harper A. Weissburg; Peter G. Callaghan Unlawful employment discrimination; back pay, front pay, and tax offset as remedies

The parties' briefs or a summary will be posted soon.
11:30 a.m. Som-23-326 State of Maine v. Steven Edwards Paul Cavanaugh; Peter J. Cyr Possession of sexually explicit material of a minor under 12; staleness of tip to law enforcement that formed basis of probable cause for search warrant; "possession" of or "access" to images on allocated space on computer hard drive; prosecutorial comments on images for which no charges were brought; jury instructions on accessing images with intent to view them

The parties' briefs or a summary will be posted soon.
1:30 p.m. Aro-23-257 State of Maine v. Lee Ann Daigle Lara M. Nomani; Neil J. Predergast Manslaughter; application of current sentencing principles for 1985 crime; due process in sentencing proceeding

The parties' briefs or a summary will be posted soon
2:20 p.m. Cum-22-334 State of Maine v. Alexander Russell Emily C. Protzmann; Kate E. Marshall; Rory A. McNamara Gross sexual assault; jury instructions; sentencing



3:10 p.m. Pen-21-362 State of Maine v. Damien Osborn Jason Horn; Timothy E. Zerillop






Future Dates

Oral Arguments Cases on Briefs
  Week of April 22, 2024
May 7, 8, and 9, 2024, at Portland  
June 4, 5, and 6, 2024, at Bangor Week of June 17, 2024
[No oral arguments scheduled for July or August 2024] [No on-briefs consideration scheduled for July or August 2024]
September 10, 11, and 12, 2024, at Portland Week of September 23, 2024
October 8, 9, and 10, 2024, at high schools and Augusta Week of October 28, 2024
November 12, 13, and 14, 2024, at Bangor Week of November 25, 2024
December 10, 11, and 12, 2024, at Biddeford and Portland Week of December 23, 2024
January 7, 8, and 9, 2025, at Augusta Week of January 20, 2025
February 4, 5, and 6, 2025, at Portland Week of February 17, 2025
March 4, 5, and 6, 2025, Portland [No on-briefs consideration scheduled for March 2025]
April 8, 9, and 10, 2025, at Augusta Week of April 21, 2025
May 6, 7, and 8, 2025, at Portland Week of May 19, 2025
June 3, 4, and 5, 2025, at Augusta Week of June 16, 2025
[No oral arguments scheduled for July or August 2025] [No on-briefs consideration scheduled for July or August 2025]