Message From Chief Justice Saufley and State Court Administrator Glessner
Mission: To administer justice by providing a safe, accessible, efficient and impartial system that serves the public interest, protects individual rights, and instills respect for the law.
The State of Maine faced many challenges in 2008. During the fiscal crisis, many great ideas for increased efficiency and conservation of taxpayer dollars were created or implemented within the Judicial Branch. For example,
- The Business and Consumer Docket completed
its first year, with very positive results;
- The use of video conferencing
was expanded throughout the state to save time and travel
- Library costs were substantially reduced
through electronic research capacity and local publishing;
- Plans for an increase in security personnel continued
but were not fully realized because of lack of funding;
- The Family
Drug Treatment Courts, with
TRIAL CHIEFS OF THE SUPERIOR
AND DISTICT COURTS
succeeded in child protection cases. The program is credited with supporting 6 mothers who gave birth to drug free babies in 2008.
- Twenty-two of forty-one clerks’ offices have been
consolidated into eleven streamlined offices;
of the courthouse in Houlton provided the foundation
for a consolidation of the courts into one building
- Building of the new consolidated courthouse in
Bangor progressed well. This environmentally
responsible new courthouse will
meet Maine Energy Conservation Building Standards and
will open on time and on budget before the end of 2009.
2008 brought with it increased financial challenges, but with patience from the public and the dedication of the men and women of the Judicial Branch, we will weather the storm.