Amend the amendment in Part A by inserting before section 1 the following:
‘Sec. A-1. 4 MRSA §1801, as enacted by PL 2009, c. 419, §2, is amended to read:
The Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services, established by Title 5, section 12004-G, subsection 25-A, is an independent commission whose purpose is to provide efficient, high-quality representation to indigent criminal defendants, juvenile defendants , restrained individuals under Title 15, chapter 16 and children and parents in child protective cases, consistent with federal and state constitutional and statutory obligations. The commission shall work to ensure the delivery of indigent legal services by qualified and competent counsel in a manner that is fair and consistent throughout the State and to ensure adequate funding of a statewide system of indigent legal services, which must be provided and managed in a fiscally responsible manner, free from undue political interference and conflicts of interest.’
Amend the amendment in Part A in section 1 by inserting after §416 the following:
Notwithstanding any statutory provision to the contrary, upon 2 days' notice to the petitioner or upon such shorter notice as the court may order, a restrained individual may appear and move the dissolution of the temporary community protection order and, in that event, the court shall proceed to hear and determine the motion as expeditiously as the ends of justice require. At that hearing, the petitioner has the burden of justifying a finding in the temporary community protection order that the restrained individual has challenged by affidavit. This section may not be construed to abolish or limit any means, otherwise available by law, for obtaining dissolution, modification or discharge of an order.’
Amend the amendment in Part A in section 1 in §421 by inserting at the end the following:
Amend the amendment in Part A in §424 in subsection 1 in the first line (page 6, line 16 in amendment) by striking out the following: " after hearing" and inserting the following: ' by court'
Amend the amendment in Part A in §424 in subsection 2 in the first line (page 6, line 24 in amendment) by striking out the following: " after hearing" and inserting the following: ' on motion of restrained individual'
Amend the amendment in Part C by inserting after section C-1 and before the summary the following:
‘Sec. C-2. Appropriations and allocations. The following appropriations and allocations are made.
INDIGENT LEGAL SERVICES, MAINE COMMISSION ON
Reserve for Indigent Legal Services N262
Initiative: Allocates additional funds for the costs of indigent legal services.
|OTHER SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS
|OTHER SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS TOTAL
Amend the amendment by relettering or renumbering any nonconsecutive Part letter or section number to read consecutively.
This amendment provides that a restrained individual is entitled to legal counsel and authorizes restrained individuals to request the court to appoint legal counsel. Upon a finding of indigency, the court must appoint legal counsel at public expense. It adds representation of restrained individuals to the purposes of the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services. It authorizes a restrained individual to move for dissolution of a temporary community protection order. It clarifies subsection headnotes. It adds an appropriations and allocations section.
FISCAL NOTE REQUIRED