Maine Revised Statutes

§2. Appointment of additional justices

Whenever the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court or, in the event of his disability, any associate justice thereof has reason to believe that any Justice of the Supreme Judicial or Superior Court is totally and permanently disabled by reason of physical or mental incapacity and because thereof is unable to perform the duties of his office, he shall cause a commission of 3 competent disinterested members of the medical profession to make due inquiry and examination into the facts and report thereon to the Supreme Judicial Court. Upon receiving said report, he shall thereupon call a meeting of said court and submit to them the report of said medical commission. The court shall thereupon, upon said report and such other evidence as they may deem necessary, if any, determine the facts in relation thereto. If said court find that said Justice of the Supreme Judicial or Superior Court is permanently and totally disabled by reason of physical or mental incapacity and because thereof is unable to perform the duties of his office, the Chief Justice shall certify said fact to the Governor. Upon receipt of such certificate from the court, the Governor shall make due inquiry into the matter and, if he confirms the finding of said court, the Governor shall appoint an additional Justice of the Supreme Judicial or Superior Court, as the case may be. [1979, c. 127, §6 (AMD).]

SECTION HISTORY
1975, c. 771, §16 (AMD). 1979, c. 127, §6 (AMD).