Maine

Effective Date: N/A
State:
Maine
Court Type: Appellate
Implementing Authority: N/A
Status: N/A
Time Standards: Although the Maine Supreme Judicial Court has not adopted specific time standards, the Court has identified priority case types that get the Court’s immediate attention.
 

Effective Date: 2004
State:
Maine
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Civil
Implementing Authority: Supreme Judicial Court Order
Status: Mandatory
Time Standards: General (Jury & Non-Jury):
(filing to disposition)
50% within 12 months
75% within 18 months
99% within 24 months
 

Effective Date: 2004
State:
Maine
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Criminal
Implementing Authority: Supreme Judicial Court Order
Status: Mandatory
Time Standards: Superior Court:

Felony and Misdemeanor with a Jury Request:
(filing to disposition)
50% within 9 months
90% within 12 months
99% within 18 months

District Court:

Misdemeanor with Jury Waived:
(filing to disposition)
90% within 6 months
95% within 9 months
99% within 12 months
 

Effective Date: 2004
State:
Maine
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Domestic
Implementing Authority: Supreme Judicial Court Order
Status: Mandatory
Time Standards: Family Matters: Original Actions:
(filing to disposition)
75% within 9 months
90% within 12 months
99% within 18 months

Family Matters: Post-Judgment
(filing to disposition)
75% within 6 months
90% within 9 months
99% within 12 months
 

Effective Date: 2004
State:
Maine
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Juvenile
Implementing Authority: Supreme Judicial Court Order
Status: Mandatory
Time Standards: General:
(filing to disposition)
90% within 3 months
95% within 6 months
99% within 12 months

Child Protection: Jeopardy Determination:
(filing to disposition)
99% within 120 days

Child Protection: Termination of Parental Rights:
(filing to disposition)
50% within 6 months
90% within 9 months
99% within 12 months
 

Monitoring Information: The Director of Court Operations prepares a Quarterly Report on Trial Court Efficiency that provides the following types of data:  number of filings, number of dispositions, clearance rates, number of active pending cases, average age of the pending caseload, and specific case aging information (for pending and disposed cases).  It also provides some trend data.  The case aging data is tied to the case completion standards set by statute or adopted by the Supreme Judicial Court.  The report includes data on criminal, family, juvenile and child protection caseloads.  Some data is provided on the civil caseload, although case aging reports are not yet available for that case type.  The data is computer generated and is organized by judicial region and then broken down by court within each region.  At this time the report is an internal Judicial Branch document that is provided to judges, magistrates, clerks and appropriate administrators. 

With respect to the monitoring of cases on appeal to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court sitting as the Law Court, every 30 days the Court reviews the status of all cases that are post-conference.  Cases are prioritized by type, with family matters, child protection proceedings and time sensitive cases at the top of the list to receive judicial and law clerk resources.
Notes: None.