Maine Civil Justice Reform
In July 2016, the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) and Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA) approved a Resolution endorsing 13 recommendations that are designed to transform the civil justice system in our state courts to meet the challenges of contemporary civil caseloads and the needs of those who come to the courts for resolution of their disputes. Following this endorsement, IAALS and NCSC launched a Civil Justice Initiative (CJI) Implementation Plan to support implementation of the recommendations—by developing tools, providing education and technical assistance, evaluating demonstration projects, and hosting regional summits for state action teams. As part of this project, IAALS and NCSC have published Transforming Our Civil Justice System for the 21st Century: A Roadmap for Implementation, which provides a clear step-by-step process for moving from initial assessment and definition of issues to working with stakeholders and implementing reform.
IAALS and NCSC will work with up to five states as they move through the roadmap process, providing technical assistance, documenting their efforts, and ultimately issuing a case study of the successes and lessons learned from implementation.
In February 2017, Maine was selected by the CJI Steering Committee to serve as the roadmap state from the New England CCJ/COSCA region. Maine will focus on developing and implementing civil case pathways in their Superior and District Courts. Maine hopes to use these pathways as a conduit to implementing all 13 of the recommendations.