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WANTED: Executive Director for the MAINE Indigent Legal Services Commission

Recently Maine established the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services.

This independent commission was created for the purpose of providing efficient, high-quality, constitutionally and legally required representation to indigent criminal defendants, juvenile defendants, individuals facing involuntary commitment and children and parents in child protective cases.  The Commission seeks its first Executive Director, who will work with the Commission to establish, oversee and administer an indigent legal services delivery system, which is at the present time administered by Maine’s Judicial Branch.  As of July 1, 2010, the Commission will assume responsibility for an approximately $11,000,000 budget appropriated for the delivery of constitutionally-required indigent legal services.

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Congratulations Maine!

-RFW

Language Agreement increases Access to Justice in Maine

Individuals with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) have reduced the language barrier in Maine. Today the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced an agreement with the Maine judiciary to ensure that LEP individuals seeking services throughout the State’s court system will have access to timely and competent language assistance.

The Maine judicial branch receives federal funding which requires compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the nondiscrimination provisions of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968. These two acts together prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or religion by recipients of federal assistance.

For more information visit http://www.usdoj.gov/opa/pr/2008/September/08-crt-867.html.

-RFW