Judicial Branch Committee on Media and the Courts

Judicial Branch Committee on Media and the Courts (PDF)

Type: Standing Committee
Established: February 26, 2007
Chair: Associate Justice Joseph M. Jabar
Reports To: Supreme Judicial Court

I. Establishment of the Committee on Media and Courts:
A committee designated by the Supreme Judicial Court shall act as the Committee on Media and the Courts. The Chair and members of the Committee shall be appointed by members of the Supreme Judicial Court. The regular terms of membership on the Committee shall be three years, and no member shall serve more than three successive terms or until the appointment of their successor.

Five members of the Committee shall be representatives of the media, four shall be members of the judiciary, one shall be an attorney licensed to practice in Maine, one shall be a District or Superior Court clerk, and serving in an ex officio capacity, the Attorney General, or his designee, and the Judicial Branch Government and Media Counsel.

II. Committee Purpose:
The purpose of the Committee shall be to facilitate and improve communication between the judiciary and the media and to enhance the accuracy and flow of information made available to the public concerning the courts of Maine. The Committee shall from time to time make recommendations to the Supreme Judicial Court on matters pertaining to media coverage of court proceedings.

III. Coordination and Cooperation with the United States District Court:
The Committee shall invite the participation of the United States District Court in its efforts to enhance the accuracy and flow of information made available to the public concerning the courts of Maine.

IV. Frequency of meetings:
One meeting shall be held per year, unless the Committee decides by majority vote to hold additional meetings.

V. Quorum and action:
A quorum shall exist for the purpose of the Committee's exercise of its powers and duties when a majority of the members is present. The concurrence of a majority of such members present shall be sufficient for any action taken.

Dated: May 24, 2012

Approved by:

Chief Justice Leigh I. Saufley
Maine Supreme Judicial Court


Judicial Branch Committee on Media and the Courts Roster

Judiciary (4):
Hon. Joseph M. Jabar, Justice, Supreme Judicial Court, Chair

Hon. Patricia Worth, Judge, Maine District Court

Hon. Michaela Murphy, Justice, Maine Superior Court

Hon. William R. Anderson, Justice, Maine Superior Court

Media (5):
Donald C. Carrigan, Gannett TV Stations

Michael J. Dowd, Bangor Daily News

Jennifer Rooks, Maine Public Broadcasting Network

Jeffrey Wade, WGAN-TV

Christopher Williams, Lewiston Sun Journal

Licensed Attorney (1):
Robert J. Stolt, Attorney at Law, Augusta

District/Superior Court Clerk (1):
Anita Alexander, Clerk of Courts,l West Bath District Court

Members ex officio:
Attorney General (or designee)
Judicial Branch Government and Media Counsel, Mary Ann Lynch