Pandemic Management Orders

Members of the public, regardless of vaccination status, must wear an approved face covering or mask while inside a courthouse or other Judicial Branch facility. Those who cannot enter as a result of this protocol should call 207-753-2999. See PPMO-SJC-1, revised on August 16, 2021.

All superseded pandemic management orders & rules have been removed from the Judicial Branch website.

Post-Pandemic Management Orders

PPMO-SJC-1: Administrative Order and Notice from the Maine Supreme Court (Rev. August 16, 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, the Court determined to continue some of those practices, processes, and procedures.  Because the requirement for social distancing has now been removed, the Court has determined that there is no longer a need to impose strict limits on the number of persons summonsed for arraignments and first appearances. Therefore, the last paragraphs of PPMO-SJC-1(E) (issued June 1, 2021) have been deleted effective June 28, 2021. The most recent revision of PPMO-SJC-1 reinstates the face covering requirement for members of the public while inside a courthouse or other Judicial Branch facility regardless of vaccination status.

PPMO-SJC-2: Order Regarding Trial Court Remote Proceedings (June 1, 2021)
PPMO-SJC-2 rescinds and replaces PMO-SJC-7 to ensure participation in remote proceedings complies with due process and proper procedure.

PPMO-TC-1: Administrative Order from the Maine Trial Court Chiefs Regarding Previous Pandemic Management Orders (July 13, 2021)
PPMO-TC-1 rescinds PMO-TC-1.

Pandemic Management Orders

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 December 14, 2020) Please note PMO-SJC-2(B) has been rescinded by PPMO-SJC-1 effective June 1, 2021.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.

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.

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.