SJC invites comments on proposed amendments to the Maine Rules of Appellate Procedure regarding electronic filing and service of documents; motions practice; and sentence appeals. Comments due by April 11, 2024.

Date: 3/14/2024

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court invites comments on proposed amendments to the Maine Rules of Appellate Procedure that would, among other things (1) require most documents to be filed and served via email (with paper copies of briefs, appendices, petitions, responses to petitions, and memoranda filed later); (2) require disclosure of opposing parties' positions on motions; (3) adopt procedures for motions that request emergency or expedited action by the Court; (4) enlarge the time for responses to motions from 7 to 14 days; (5) permit the Clerk of the Law Court to enlarge the time for petitions and memoranda by up to 7 days; (6) require that a copy of the decision or order appealed from be attached to a memorandum in support of a request for a certificate of probable cause in criminal discretionary appeals; and (7) allow for the amendment of an application for leave to appeal a sentence until 14 days after the transcript is filed.

The proposed amendments are available at the link below.

Any comments must be filed with the Clerk of the Supreme Judicial Court by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, 2024. Comments may be in writing, mailed to the address below, or in an email sent to If the comments are in an attachment to the email, the attachment must be a document in native (text-based and not scanned) portable document format (.pdf). The Clerks Office will acknowledge receipt of the email via reply email.

All comments must contain (1) the name and mailing address of the individual submitting the comments and (2) the name, mailing address, and primary telephone number of the organization (if any) on whose behalf the comments are submitted. An individual need not be an attorney to submit comments individually or on behalf of an organization.

Comments are public documents and may be posted on the Courts website.

Dated: March 14, 2024

Matthew Pollack
Executive Clerk
Maine Supreme Judicial Court
205 Newbury Street Room 139
Portland, Maine 04101
(207) 822-4146

Supporting documents

Proposed amendments

PDF version of this notice