The Maine SJC is on the move. The newspaper says the Court will hold two sessions a year in Augusta and two in Bangor (Former Kennebec County Courthouse ready to host high court). It does the Tour o’ Maine in October. It only holds nine argument sessions a term according to their on-line calendar [http://www.courts.maine.gov/maine_courts/supreme/calendar.shtml], so this means that the Court will now spend a majority of their time on the road. Back to riding the circuit?
I’m back from hiking in Vermont (which was very Vermont-y), and eschewing the recent big decisions which speak for themselves (e.g., the Maine SJC’s answer to questions from the Governor on the veto process (2015 ME 107), let’s talk about two decisions, one SJC and one First Circuit, that piqued my interest: First Tracks Investments, LLC v. Murray, Plumb & Murray, 2015 ME 104; and Clukey v. Town of Camden, No. 14-1264.
The Maine SJC’s current attitude towards amici briefs seems to be that you can be seen, but not heard, although given the lack of transparency as to the criteria it applies on this issue, it is difficult to make generalizations – which is part of the problem.
The Governor’s petition for certiorari in Mayhew v. Burwell, 14-992 was denied Monday. (Supreme Court Orders by Circuit List; Bloomberg article – Maine Rejected by U.S. Supreme Court on Obamacare Requirement)
To finish up on my summary of the AAAL conference in Santa Fe, there were various panels of judges answering questions from the lawyers, which can be the most useful part of these conferences. Here are some of the Q & As.