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Pandemic Management Orders
Important update June 1, 2021: The following PMOs have been rescinded per PPMO-SJC-1:
- PMO-SJC-1 (compendium of multiple provisions);
- PMO-SJC-5 (quarantine procedures);
- PMO-SJC-7 (remote proceedings and public access);
- PMO-SJC-9 (screening questions upon entry to a court facility);
- PMO-SJC-10 (procedures for hearing child protection cases); and,
- PMO-SJC-11(extending continuing legal education deadlines).
All superseded pandemic management orders & rules have been removed from the Judicial Branch website.
PPMO-SJC-1: Administrative Order and Notice from the Maine Supreme Court (June 1, 2021) PPMO-SJC-1 rescinds a number of Pandemic Management Orders (PMOs) in light of the Governor's Executive Order 39 FY 20/21. However, PPMO-SJC-1 extends the use of practices, processes, and procedures that have proven effective and efficient, including the use of face coverings, remote proceedings, and certain filing and scheduling practices.
NEW PPMO-SJC-2: Order Regarding Trial Court Remote Proceedings (June 1, 2021) rescinds and replaces PMO-SJC-7 to ensure participation in remote proceedings complies with due process and proper procedure.
PMO-SJC-2: Pandemic Management Order from the Maine Supreme Judicial Court Consolidating, Ratifying, and Superseding the Previous Orders (Rev. December 14, 2020) Please note PMO-SJC-2(B) has been rescinded by PPMO-SJC-1 effective June 1, 2021. This order consolidates, clarifies, corrects, and ratifies earlier emergency orders, including the administration of oaths at depositions conducted remotely via audio-video communication equipment and other matters.
NEW PMO-SJC-3: Order Regarding Submission of Documents by Email (Rev. May 27, 2021). Effective beginning June 7, 2021, Maine courts will no longer accept the filing by email of any documents except as permitted by PMO-SJC-3A.
PMO-SJC-3A: Order Regarding Submission of Documents by Email in Protection from Abuse and Protection from Harassment Cases (June 1, 2021).
This order establishes special rules and processes for email filing in Protection from Abuse and Protection from Harassment cases.
PMO-SJC-4: Order Regarding the Maine Bar Examination (Rev. April 26, 2021). The revised order establishes that the Maine Bar Examination scheduled to take place July 27 and 28, 2021, will be administered remotely.
NEW PMO-SJC-6 Emergency Rules from the Supreme Judicial Court for Forcible Entry and Detainer (Eviction) Cases (Rev. June 1, 2021). Revised procedures for addressing FED (eviction) cases, including the scheduling of a telephonic status conferences, followed in appropriate cases by mediation and/or final hearing, are included in this PMO. The previous revision introduced a remote docket call pilot project through March 31, 2021. The most recent revision extends the pilot project through June 30, 2021. An attached Addendum to the order identifies where the project will be piloted and the effective date of the pilot project for each court.
PMO-SJC-8: Emergency Rules from the Supreme Judicial Court on Waiver of Initial Appearances (Rev. December 14, 2020)
Any represented defendant who is not in custody and is charged with a Class A, B, or C criminal offense may waive the defendant's initial appearance, unless otherwise ordered by the court. The most recent revision allows submission of written waivers of initial appearances and arraignments by retained and appointed counsel and provides a sample waiver letter.
PMO-SJC-12 Order Creating a Pilot Project for Stand-Alone Small Claims Mediation (May 6, 2021)
This order creates a pilot project for certain small claims cases that gives parties the opportunity to mediate their matters before the District Court resumes scheduling and hearing small claims cases. This pilot project's stand-alone small claims mediation shall be held remotely via Zoom, with telephonic mediation as a back-up option. The revised order adds two additional weeks to the pilot project, June 7-11, 2021, and July 12-16, 2021.
PMO-TC-1: Pandemic Management Order from the Maine Trial Court Chiefs Consolidating, Ratifying, and Superseding Previous Orders (Rev. February 17, 2021)
Jury trials may be scheduled and held after September 7, 2020, and grand jury proceedings may be scheduled and held after July 6, 2020, in accordance with SJC-PMO-1 and COVID-19 Phased Management Plan. This revised order extends the due dates for payment of all fines, restitution, court fees, and reimbursement of court-appointed counsel fees to July 2, 2020, or a later ordered due date and provides that all deadlines established pursuant to M.R. Civ. P. 80F (traffic infractions), and set to expire on or before June 30, 2020, are extended to July 1, 2020. The revised order no longer governs child protective custody matters. Effective February 17, 2021, child protective custody matters are governed by PMO-SJC-10.
PMO-DC-1: Pandemic Management Order from the District Court to Extend the Guardian ad Litem Continuing Professional Education Reporting Deadline (July 1, 2020)
The 2019 reporting deadline for guardian ad litem continuing professional education credit, as presently outlined in Maine Rule for Guardians ad Litem 10(a), is extended to December 31, 2020.