SJC invites comments on proposed amendments to appellate rules to recognize the implementation of electronic filing, expedite appeals from juvenile bind-over determinations, and clarify the confidentiality of briefs and appendices

Date: 8/20/2021

Comments must be filed by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 7, 2021

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court invites comments on proposed amendments to the Maine Rules of Appellate Procedure to clarify the process in appeals from cases subject to electronic filing and case-management in the trial court; to expedite appeals from juvenile bind-over decisions; and to clarify the confidentiality of certain briefs and appendices. 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 Tuesday, September 7, 2021. 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 Clerk's 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: August 20, 2021

Matthew Pollack
Executive Clerk
Maine Supreme Judicial Court
205 Newbury Street Room 139
Portland, Maine 04112-0368
(207) 822-4146

Supporting documents

PDF version of this notice

Proposed amendments