AUGUSTA – The chief justice of the Maine Supreme Court used her State of the Judiciary address to ask for funding Tuesday.
Chief Justice Leigh Saufley addressed Maine’s House of Representatives and Senate members, requesting increased pay for trial judges and to fully staff entry level screening positions in every courthouse.
The chief justice cited an incident during which court marshals found a person carrying two loaded handguns at an entry screening station.
“If an individual carrying similar weapons had gone into one of the 35 percent of Maine’s courthouses that didn’t have entry screening that day, we could be having a very different conversation,” Saufley said.
Saufley also highlighted the continued need for resources for those in substance use recovery.