Maine Supreme Judicial Court

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Maine Supreme Judicial Court
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Established 1841
Country Maine Maine, United States United States
Location Portland, Maine
Coordinates 43°39′33″N 70°15′13″W / 43.659245°N 70.253701°W / 43.659245; -70.253701Coordinates: 43°39′33″N 70°15′13″W / 43.659245°N 70.253701°W / 43.659245; -70.253701
Authorized by Maine Constitution
Decisions are appealed to Supreme Court of the United States

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court is the highest court in the state of Maine's judicial system. It is composed of seven justices, who are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Maine Senate. Justices serve for seven-year terms, with no limit on the number of terms that they may serve.

Known as the Law Court when sitting as an appellate court, other functions of the Court include hearing appeals of sentences longer than one year of incarceration, overseeing admission to the Bar and the conduct of its members, and being the rulemaking authority for all the State's courts.[1]

The Maine Court is one of the few state Supreme Courts in the United States authorized to issue advisory opinions. Such opinions are issued at the request of the Governor or Legislature, as set out in the Maine Constitution.[1]

It is also unusual for a state's highest appellate court in that its primary location is not that of the state's capital city, Augusta, partially because the Kennebec County Courthouse does not currently have a courtroom large enough to hold the Supreme Court's proceedings in. Currently the Court meets in Portland, Bangor, and at high schools around the state. The expansion and renovation of the courthouse, currently underway and expected to be complete by the end of 2015, will permit the Court to hold at least some sessions there. [2]

Current justices[edit]

As of May 2, 2014, the justices of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court were:

Name Date of Birth Birthplace Appointed By Beginning Service Prior Positions
Leigh Ingalls Saufley (Chief Justice) 1954 Angus King October 20, 1997
Joseph Jabar[3] Waterville, Maine John E. Baldacci September 1, 2009 Superior Court
Donald G. Alexander Angus King September 2, 1998
Ellen A. Gorman John E. Baldacci October 1, 2007
Warren M. Silver 1948 Presque Isle, Maine John E. Baldacci July 29, 2005
Andrew M. Mead 1952 John E. Baldacci April, 2007
Jeffrey Hjelm (nominee) 1956 Paul LePage

There is one active retired justice.

Name Date of Birth Birthplace Appointed By Beginning Service Ended Service Prior Positions
Robert W. Clifford [4] May 2, 1937 Lewiston, Maine Joseph E. Brennan August 1, 1986 2007 Chief Justice of Superior Court

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State of Maine Judicial Branch: Supreme Court". State of Maine Judicial Branch. 2011. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  2. ^ "Talks continue on Kennebec courthouse parking area". Kennebec Journal. June 23, 2014. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  3. ^ http://www.boston.com/news/local/maine/articles/2009/09/01/maine_gets_new_supreme_court_judge/?rss_id=Boston.com+--+Latest+news
  4. ^ Judy Harrison (2009-05-30). "Justice leaving Maine supreme court". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 

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