Leigh Saufley

The Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court is calling for a pay increase for judges in the state.

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In her annual State of the Judiciary speech, Maine Chief Justice Leigh Saufley called for additional funds for the courts, but is also asking legislators for more investments in related services, including mental health and addiction treatment.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's Republican governor will not administer the oath of office to lawmakers at their ceremonial swearing-in ceremony.

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PORTLAND, Maine - Maine Chief Justice Leigh Saufley says it's a "tragedy'' that judges face a lack of sentencing options when it comes to teen offenders.

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In an unexpected announcement, Maine's chief justice says that in the future state court records will be available to the public online.  

Chief Justice Leigh Saufley says she envisions something similar to the federal PACER system which charges a small fee for online access to  court documents such as schedules, motions and decisions.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's chief justice used her annual address to lawmakers to divulge that she's battled breast cancer.
 
Supreme Court Chief Justice Leigh Saufley said Tuesday that she was diagnosed last summer, thanks to an annual test. She said she had surgery and radiation and has emerged "out on the other side.''
 
She said it's important for women over 40 to get annual mammograms, and she said there are programs available to defray the cost.
 

Maine Courts Take Step to Implement $17 Million Electronic Filing System

Dec 22, 2016
Troy R. Bennett / Bangor Daily News

PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine court system took a step toward the implementation of an electronic case filing network on Tuesday when a contract with Tyler Technologies was signed.

Maine Supreme Court Chief Justice Leigh Saufley
Portland Press Herald

Chief Justice Leigh Saufley says Maine needs more alternatives to incarceration if the state wants to stem the rising numbers of drug prosecutions that are clogging courtrooms.

PORTLAND, Maine - The state's drug crisis was the focus of Maine Chief Justice Leigh Saufley's annual State of the Judiciary address. "The wave of drug addictions in Maine is eating at the heart of our beautiful state," Saufley told a joint session of the Maine Legislature.  And she said there is no easy solution.

"What is all too clear to all of us is that, because of the causes and cures for addiction are as varied as they are for any disease, no cookie cutter solution will work."

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AUGUSTA, Maine - In her State of the Judiciary remarks to the Maine Legislature, Maine Supreme Court Chief Justice Leigh Saufley reflected on the state of juror compensation in Maine.

Mal Leary / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine - In her annual State of the Judiciary speech to the Legislature, Maine Chief Justice Leigh Saufley called for a study of the way Maine determines who should be held in jail pending trial.

Saufley said public safety is at risk. "The goals are simple: reduce the financial and human cost of unnecessary incarnation without compromising individual or community safety or the integrity of the criminal justice system," she said.