High Profile Cases
The Maine Judicial Branch has set up this web page for posting of information in high profile cases. We have prepared these pages to assure full access to the media and the public without compromising the litigants' right to a full and fair trial. It is our goal to accommodate the media and the public to the best of our abilities. All public documents (documents that are non-confidential and not sealed) will be available on this website, and will not be provided by the clerk's office, except to law enforcement or other government agencies. Please check this web page often for updates and documents related to the case.
On September 30, 2020, in the matter of the Alliance for Retired Americans et al. vs. Matthew Dunlap et al., the Superior Court denied the motion brought by the Alliance for Retired Americans, vote.org, and two individuals for a preliminary injunction regarding voter registration and the handling and counting of absentee ballots "in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and amid questions as to the ability of the United States Postal Service to deliver absentee ballots in a timely fashion." The Alliance for Retired Americans, vote.org, and the two individuals have appealed and indicated that they will be moving to expedite the appeal. Information on the Law Court proceedings is available at this link: https://www.courts.maine.gov/news_reference/high_profile/absentee/index.shtml
On August 24, 2020, the Superior Court (Cumberland County) reversed the Secretary of State's determination that the petition for a people's veto of ranked-choice voting in presidential elections did not contain enough valid signatures to be placed on the ballot. The Committee for Ranked Choice Voting and the Secretary of State appeal, and have moved for a stay of the Superior Court's judgment. Information on the Law Court proceedings is available at this link:
On June 29, 2020, the Superior Court (Cumberland County) dismissed Avangrid Networks' complaint seeking to enjoin the Secretary of State from placing a citizen initiative to reject the New England Clean Energy Connect Transmission Project on the November 3, 2020, ballot. Avangrid Networks, Inc., the Maine Chamber of Commerce, and Industrial Energy Consumer Group appeal. Information on the Law Court proceedings is available at this link:
On June 15, 2020, the Superior Court (Kennebec County) entered an order reporting the matter of Clare Hudson Payne et al. v. Secretary of State to the Law Court for resolution of issues relating to the people's veto petition regarding An Act to Implement Ranked-choice Voting for Presidential Primary and General Elections in Maine, L.D. 1083 of the 129th Legislature. Information on the Law Court proceedings is available at this link:
On Wednesday, April 15, 2020, Delbert Reed and Industrial Energy Consumer Group appealed from the order of the Business and Consumer Docket affirming the determination of the Secretary of State that the citizens' initiative regarding the CMP Corridor had a sufficient number of valid signatures to be placed on the ballot. Information on the appeal in the Law Court is available at this link:
On December 27, 2019, Superior Court Justice Nancy Mills issued a written judgment in the matter of State of Maine v. Mark Cardilli Jr.
Information on Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, et al. v. Hon. Paul LePage, as Governor of Maine, et al. is available at this link: http://www.courts.maine.gov/news_reference/high_profile/clean-elections/index.shtml.
Information on Maine Equal Justice Partners, et al. v. DHHS is available at this link: http://www.courts.maine.gov/news_reference/high_profile/equal-justice-partners/index.shtml.
Information on State of Maine v. John D. Williams is available at this link: http://www.courts.maine.gov/news_reference/high_profile/williams/index.shtml.
On April 26, 2018, The Kennebec County Superior Court issued a Decision and Order on Rule 80C Appeal in David Boyer, Petitioner v. Department of the Secretary of State, Respondent and Max Patrick Linn, Intervenor (Challenge to the validity of signatures submitted to be a candidate in the Republican primary election for U.S. Senate).
Information on Maine State Senate v. Secretary of State et al. (regarding Ranked-Choice Voting) is available at this link: http://www.courts.maine.gov/news_reference/high_profile/ranked-choice/index.shtml.
On May 23, 2017, the Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court issued an Opinion of the Justices answering the Questions of the Maine State Senate regarding Ranked-Choice Voting.
On February 7, 2017, the Maine State Senate, pursuant to Article VI, Section 3 of the Maine Constitution, submitted questions to the Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court regarding ranked-choice voting, which was approved by voters on November 8, 2016. Information is available at this link: http://www.courts.maine.gov/maine_courts/supreme/senate_question_2017/index.html
On Monday, April 11, 2016, Robert Greenlaw et al. appealed from the order of the Business and Consumer Docket affirming the determination of the Secretary of State that the citizens' initiative regarding a casino in York County did not have a sufficient number of valid signatures to be placed on the ballot. Information on the appeal in the Law Court is available at this link:
On Friday, July 17, 2015, at 12:40 p.m., the Governor of the State of Maine, Paul R. LePage, submitted questions to the Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court pursuant to Article VI, Section 3 of the Maine Constitution. Information is available at this link:
Information about State of Maine Department of Health and Human Services v. Kaci Hickox is available at this link: http://www.courts.maine.gov/news_reference/high_profile/hickox.shtml.
Cameras and Audio Recording in Courtrooms
Maine has strict rules about whether or when cameras are permitted to be used in the courtroom, and in every case, the presiding justice may impose additional conditions to assure a fair trial. Information about cameras and audio recording equipment is available in Administrative Order JB-05-15 ( A. 9-11).
The form to request audio or camera coverage can be found below:
Media Notification -- Requested Coverage of Court Proceedings (Fillable PDF)
This is a new form to be used by members of the media who are requesting media coverage in District or Superior court proceedings. All forms should be submitted at least 24 hours in advance of the proceedings to the Clerk of Court office that is handling the case. In order to open the form, you will need the a current version Adobe Reader. You may download the free version of Adobe Reader at http://get.adobe.com/reader/.
Electronic Devices: Administrative Order JB-05-16 (A. 5-08) Use of other electronic devices, such as a laptop, tablets and smart phones is prohibited without the consent of the judge.
Interviews: No interviews may be conducted inside the Courthouse, and entrances are not to be blocked.
Decorum: Recording personnel shall wear appropriate and neat attire consistent with participation in matters of serious concern. Neither the camera nor the recording personnel shall have any insignia or other indication of organizational affiliation. The use of any electronic device in the courtroom is prohibited without the written consent of the presiding justice. Place all cell phones in vibrate or silent mode. Violators will be removed from the courtroom.
Members of the media who require assistance may contact Amy Quinlan, Esq., Director of Court Communications Government and Media Counsel at (207) 822-0716 or firstname.lastname@example.org.