Maine Legislative Year in Review: veterans courts, courthouse construction

New laws affecting the courts enacted by the Maine legislature in 2012 include the following:

HB 1250 Authorizes the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court to establish veterans treatment courts. Authorizes the State Court Administrator to seek federal funding for these courts.

SB 566 ORIGINAL: Authorizes the Maine Governmental Facilities Authority to issue securities for the costs associated with construction of court facilities. AS AMENDED: Same, but allows any remaining funds from authorized securities issued for paying the costs associated with the construction to be used for planning for additional court facilities.

SB 622 Implements recommendations of the Commission To Study Priorities and Timing of Judicial Proceedings in State Courts, including docketing/calendaring priority for various matters.