Pandemic Management Orders

**Please note, all superseded pandemic management orders & rules have been removed from the Judicial Branch website.**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 (Revised May 28, 2020)
This revised order incorporates the State of Maine Judicial Branch COVID-19 Phased Management Plan.

PMO-SJC-2: Pandemic Management Order from the Maine Supreme Judicial Court Consolidating, Ratifying, and Superseding the Previous Orders (Revised June 5, 2020)
This order from the Maine Supreme Judicial Court 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 and Filing of Petitions for Preliminary Protection Orders (22 M.R.S. § 4034) (Revised September 28, 2020)
This order replaces and supersedes the prior revised Pandemic Management Order PMO-SJC-3, issued by the Supreme Judicial Court to provide an Emergency Rule from the Supreme Judicial Court for the Filing of Documents in Priority Case Types.

PMO-SJC-4: Order Regarding the Maine Bar Examination (Revised July 16, 2020)
This order from the Supreme Judicial Court reschedules the Maine Bar Examination from Tuesday, July 28, and Wednesday, July 29, 2020 to Wednesday, September 30, and Thursday, October 1, 2020. The July 16th revised order provides that due to social distancing restrictions, seating limitations were reached on June 3, 2020 and that, therefore, the Maine Board of Bar Examiners is unable to accept any additional applications for the upcoming exam. The revised order allows for the refund of fees paid to the Board of Bar Examiners for the July examination dates under certain circumstances.

PMO-SJC-5 Order Regarding Petitions Concerning Control of Notifiable Diseases and Conditions (Issued 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 (Issued July 21, 2020)
All plaintiffs in eviction actions initiated between March 18, 2020 and August 31, 2020, or on further order of the court, must verify that the property at issue in the eviction action is not a "covered dwelling" under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (15 U.S.C. §§9057 & 9058) (the "CARES Act") or otherwise subject to federal agency moratoria and programs prohibiting evictions.

PMO-SJC-7: Order Regarding Trial Court Remote Proceedings and Public Access (Revised September 4, 2020)
Given the Court’s ongoing concerns for the health of both Judicial Branch employees and members of the public, the Supreme Judicial Court has determined that almost all trial court proceedings must be conducted remotely—through video or telephonic formats—while the Phased Management Plan is in effect. 

PMO-SJC-8: Emergency Rules from the Supreme Judicial Court on Waiver of Initial Appearances (Issued September 23, 2020)
In light of public health concerns and to reduce the number of people in the courtroom during arraignment proceedings, effective immediately, 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.

PMO-TC-1: Pandemic Management Order from the Maine Trial Court Chiefs Consolidating, Ratifying, and Superseding Previous Orders (Revised June 4, 2020)
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.

PMO-DC-1: Pandemic Management Order from the District Court to Extend the Guardian ad Litem Continuing Professional Education Reporting Deadline (Issued 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.

If you have questions about whether you should go to a courthouse, please call 207-753-2999. For general inquiries concerning the Judicial Branch's response to the COVID-19 outbreak, contact info@courts.maine.gov.