Sec. QQ-1. 4 MRSA §1, as amended by PL 1975, c. 623, §3-A, is further amended to read:
§ 1. Constitution of the court; administrative responsibilities of the court and the Chief Justice
The Supreme Judicial Court, as heretofore established, shall consist consists of a Chief Justice and 6 associate justices and such Active Retired Justices as may be appointed and serving on said court, learned in the law and of sobriety of manners.
The Chief Justice shall be is the head of the Judicial Department judicial branch of the State. In the event of his the Chief Justice's disability for any cause, the senior associate, not under disability, shall perform any and all of his the duties of the Chief Justice.
The Supreme Judicial Court shall have has general administrative and supervisory authority over the Judicial Department judicial branch and shall make and promulgate rules, regulations and orders governing the administration of the Judicial Department judicial branch.
The Chief Justice, as head of the judicial branch, shall prepare the budget for the judicial branch. The Chief Justice may approve financial orders for transfers within the judicial branch. The Chief Justice shall provide a copy of each approved financial order to the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of the Budget and the Office of Fiscal and Program Review.
The Chief Justice, as the head of the Judicial Department judicial branch, shall, in accordance with the rules, regulations and orders of the Supreme Judicial Court, be responsible for the efficient operation of the Judicial Department judicial branch and for the expeditious dispatch of litigation therein and for the proper conduct of business in all courts. The Chief Justice may require reports from all courts in the State and may issue orders and regulations necessary for the efficient operation of the Judicial Department judicial branch and the prompt and proper administration of justice.
Sec. QQ-2. 4 MRSA §28 is enacted to read:
§ 28. Additional fee revenue dedicated
The judicial branch may credit up to $300,000 per fiscal year of fee revenue collected pursuant to administrative orders of the court to a nonlapsing Other Special Revenue Funds account to support the capital expenses of the judicial branch.
Sec. QQ-3. 5 MRSA §1591, sub-§3 is enacted to read:
Sec. QQ-4. General Fund savings; judicial branch. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the State Court Administrator shall adjust the Personal Services and All Other line categories to achieve the amount of projected savings in Part A in the judicial branch related to maintaining costs within available resources and shall transfer the amounts by financial order upon approval of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court.
Sec. QQ-5. Transfer authorized; judicial branch. Notwithstanding the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 1585 or any other provision of law, for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2010 and June 30, 2011, the State Court Administrator is authorized to transfer, by financial order upon the approval of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, identified Personal Services savings to the All Other line category in the Courts - Supreme, Superior and District, General Fund account. The State Court Administrator must ensure when making any transfer under this section that all financial commitments have been met in Personal Services after assuming all costs for that program including collective bargaining costs.
Sec. QQ-6. Judicial branch fees. The judicial branch shall increase court fees by at least $300,000 annually above the revenue forecast for the judicial branch of the Revenue Forecasting Committee as of May 1, 2009.