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Maine Chief Justice Outlines Court Improvements
02/21/2013 01:09 PM ET  

In her annual State of the Judiciary address to the Legislature on today, Chief Justice Leigh Saufley says the courts are meeting infrastructure and caseload challenges.

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Originally Aired: 2/21/2013 12:00 PM
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Maine's top judge says large caseloads, aging courthouses and antiquated technological infrastructure present real challenges to the state's judicial system.

But in her annual State of the Judiciary address to the Legislature on Thursday, Chief Justice Leigh Saufley says the courts are meeting those and other challenges.

Saufley also listed as a "resounding success'' the court system's new Service Center. Based in Lewiston, the center responds to all incoming phone calls that would otherwise have gone to clerks' offices in Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties. Based on that, the courts are looking at centralizing other functions.

Taking up a theme of past speeches, Saufley said court security has improved. She told lawmakers that entry screening is done about 50 percent of the time, up from 20 percent two years ago.


 

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