An Act To Make a Technical Correction to a Recently Enacted Law Regarding the Appointment of District Court Judges
Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, Public Law 2015, chapter 267 increased the count and funding for District Court judges without amending the statutory count of District Court judges; and
Whereas, the statutory number should be corrected immediately to allow for the nomination and confirmation of the new judges as soon as possible; and
Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,
Sec. 1. 4 MRSA §157, sub-§1, ¶A, as amended by PL 2005, c. 519, Pt. III, §2, is further amended to read:
To be eligible for appointment as a District Judge, a person must be a member of the bar of the State. The term "District Judge" includes the Chief Judge and Deputy Chief Judge.
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.
This bill corrects the statutory count of District Court judges to match the number funded in Public Law 2015, chapter 267.