ISSUANCE OF WARRANTS

STATE OF MAINE SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER JB-05-17 (A.9-11)

Issuance of Warrants

Issuance of Warrants JB-05-17 (A.9-11)(PDF)

Effective: September 19, 2011

This order amends JB-05-17, signed June 29, 2005, and effective August 1, 2005.

After a justice or judge has authorized in writing the issuance of a bench warrant, the clerk of court or deputy clerk may provide the signature on the warrant itself, or the clerk or deputy clerk shall present a warrant to a justice or judge for signature in the event that there is any question concerning issuance of the bench warrant.

Bench warrants which a clerk or a designated deputy may sign include those for the arrest of any criminal defendant who fails to appear in court or fails to pay a fine. Other types of bench warrants, such as a warrant for the arrest of an individual found in contempt, must be personally signed by a justice or judge.

Pursuant to Title 4, sections 107-A and 161, of the Maine Revised Statutes, the Chief Justice of the Superior Court or the Chief Judge of the District Court may authorize any clerk or deputy clerk of the court to issue process for the arrest of any persons charged with offenses if the Chief Justice or the Chief Judge is satisfied that the clerk or deputy clerk has the necessary training and learning to perform the function.

Clerks and deputy clerks authorized to issue process for the arrest of any persons charged with offenses are not authorized to establish bail in connection with the arrest of any such persons.

The following procedure shall govern the issuance of process by clerks and deputy clerks for the arrest of persons charged with offenses when the requesting officer or the District Attorney is seeking to have bail set by a justice or judge, rather than a bail commissioner:

  1. Upon the receipt of a request for the issuance of process for the arrest of a person charged with an offense or offenses and the establishment of bail by the court, the clerk or deputy clerk shall immediately refer the request to a justice or judge of the court if a justice or judge is, or will soon be, available in the courthouse on the day the request is received.
  2. If a justice or judge of the court is not available in accordance with the preceding paragraph, or the requesting officer or District Attorney is not seeking to have bail set by the court, a duly authorized clerk or deputy clerk shall act upon the request.

For the Court,

Leigh I. Saufley Chief Justice

Promulgation Date: September 19, 2011


Historical Derivation JB-05-19:

AO JB-05-17, dated June 29, 2005, effective August 1, 2005
Signed by: Leigh I. Saufley, Chief Justice, Maine Supreme Judicial Court

AO DC-97-2, dated September 24, 1997
Signed by: Kirk Studstrup, Chief Judge, Maine District Court

Issuance Of Arrest Warrants By Clerks And Deputy Clerks Of The District Court
JB-O1-04 Rev., dated April 26 2002
Signed by: Leigh I. Saufley, Chief Justice, Maine Supreme Judicial Court and Vendean
V. Vafiades, Chief Judge, Maine District Court