Chief Justice Announces Special Service Award

Proclamation from the Honorable Leigh I. Saufley Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court (PDF)

December 14, 2012

Chief Justice Leigh I. Saufley of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court today honored all of the clerks of court with the 2012 Judicial Branch Special Service Award.

In recognizing the clerks the Chief Justice said, “ The Clerks of Court of the Maine Judicial Branch work tirelessly to bring about improvement for the benefit of those who use the services of the court system, and are truly deserving of this award.”

She continued, “Clerks are required to have the technical understanding of the various case types and case processing requirements that are essential for an efficient and effective court system. They must also possess excellent interpersonal skills as they deal each day with members of the public dealing with stress. This year, among all of their other responsibilities, the Clerks worked together under difficult circumstances to assure that the newly designed Electronic Warrant System had updated and accurate information to protect Liberty Interests and improve Public Safety. We commend them for their efforts to improve where possible.”

In converting to the electronic warrant system, the clerks in the Maine courts were required to work several successive weekends last spring in order to successfully complete the conversion from paper to electronic warrants, while at the same time continue the day to day work in Maine courts, where on average almost 400 new matters are filed every day.

All Maine State Superior and District Court Clerks’ offices across the state were closed from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. so that the clerks could be personally recognized.