Public Laws

124th Legislature

First Regular Session


Parts: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z AA BB CC

Chapter 1

H.P. 40 - L.D. 45

PART J

Sec. J-1. 4 MRSA §115,  as amended by PL 1981, c. 647, §1, is further amended to read:

§ 115.  Place for holding court; suitable quarters

In each county, the place for holding court shall be is located in a building designated by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court or his the Chief Justice's designee, who, with the advice and approval of the Bureau of Public Improvements General Services, is empowered to negotiate, on behalf of the State, the leases, contracts and other arrangements he the Chief Justice considers necessary, within the limits of appropriations and other funds available to the Supreme Judicial and , Superior and District Courts, to provide suitable quarters, adequately furnished and equipped, for the Supreme Judicial or , Superior or District Court in each county. The county commissioners in each county shall continue to provide for the use of the Supreme Judicial and , Superior and District Courts such quarters, facilities, furnishings and equipment in existing county buildings as were in use by the Supreme Judicial and Superior Courts on January 1, 1976, without charge. The county commissioners are not required to provide without charge those quarters, facilities, furnishings and equipment in existing county building that were in use by the District Courts and were subject to a charge prior to January 1, 1976.

The facilities of the Superior Court courts in each county, when that court is not in session, shall must be available for other purposes. Arrangements for such use shall must be made by the Chief Justice or his the Chief Justice's designee.

If the Chief Justice or his the Chief Justice's designee is unable to negotiate the leases, contracts and other arrangements as provided in the preceding paragraph this section, he the Chief Justice may, with the advice and approval of the Bureau of Public Improvements General Services, negotiate on behalf of the State the leases, contracts and other arrangements he the Chief Justice considers necessary, within the limits of the budget and funds available to such court, to provide suitable quarters, adequately furnished and equipped for the Supreme Judicial or , Superior or District Court in privately owned buildings.

Sec. J-2. Transfer of funds; indigent legal expenses. Notwithstanding the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 1585, or any other provision of law, in fiscal year 2008-09, the Judicial Branch, upon approval of the Governor, is authorized to transfer funds, by financial order, from Personal Services to All Other within the same fund for the purposes of paying indigent legal expenses. The judicial branch shall self-fund its collective bargaining expenses and is not eligible to receive transfers from the General Fund Salary Plan program in the Department of Administrative and Financial Services in fiscal year 2008-09.

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