Pandemic Management Orders

Any person entering the courthouse must wear an approved face covering or mask, will have their temperatures checked, and will be asked about exposure to or symptoms of COVID-19. Those who cannot enter as a result of these protocols should call 207-753-2999.

Please note: All superseded pandemic management orders & rules have been removed from the Judicial Branch website.

PMO-SJC-1: Revised Emergency Order and Notice from the Maine Supreme Judicial Court (Rev. January 12, 2020). This revised order incorporates new procedures for scheduling walk-in arraignments. New procedures are in effect beginning the week of January 18, 2021.

PMO-SJC-2: Pandemic Management Order from the Maine Supreme Judicial Court Consolidating, Ratifying, and Superseding the Previous Orders (Rev. December 14, 2020) 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. December 14, 2020). This order replaces and supersedes the prior revised PMO-SJC-3, issued by the Supreme Judicial Court and establishes new processes and forms to allow email filings to the court.

PMO-SJC-3A: Order Regarding Submission of Documents by Email in Protection from Abuse and Protection from Harassment Cases (December 14, 2020).
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. December 10, 2020). The revised order establishes the date and format for the February Maine Bar Examination.

PMO-SJC-5 Order Regarding Petitions Concerning Control of Notifiable Diseases and Conditions (April 17, 2020). Effective immediately, and until further order of the Court, the District Court shall schedule and hear petitions concerning the control of notifiable diseases and conditions pursuant to Title 22, chapter 250. The Court has promulgated forms for the Notice of Hearing and Order for hearings held pursuant to 22 M.R.S. § 820.

PMO-SJC-6 Emergency Rules from the Supreme Judicial Court for Forcible Entry and Detainer (Eviction) Cases (Rev. April 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-7: Order Regarding Trial Court Remote Proceedings and Public Access (Rev. February 17, 2021). This order establishes that almost all trial court proceedings must be conducted remotely—through video or telephonic formats—while the Phased Management Plan is in effect. 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-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-9 Emergency Order and Notice from the Maine Supreme Judicial Court Concerning Access to State Courthouses (Rev. April 2, 2021)
This order requires that all persons entering Maine's state courthouses will be required to respond to the COVID-19 exposure screening questions, and submit to a temperature screening. All members of the public and all attorneys will be required to enter all courthouses through the public entrances. The most recent revision extends the order's effective date until April 30, 2021.

PMO-SJC-10 Order Regarding Remote Child Protective Custody Proceedings (February 18, 2021)
This order governs child protective custody proceedings and supersedes PMO‑SJC-7 and PMO-TC-1 with regard to these proceedings.

PMO-SJC-11 Order Extending Grace Period for Attorneys' MCLE Compliance (February 23, 2021)
This order extends by two months—from the last business day of February to the last business day of April—the 2021 grace period for attorneys to comply with the Maine Continuing Legal Education requirements of the Maine Bar Rules.

PMO-SJC-12 Order Creating a Pilot Project for Stand-Alone Small Claims Mediation (March 15, 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.

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.