Most state offices closed Friday

Posted Sept. 01, 2010, at 8:55 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — State and federal offices will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day.

Most state offices also will be closed Friday for a scheduled shutdown day, Gov. John Baldacci said in a press release issued Wednesday.

State courts and parks, however, will be operating Friday.

Public safety officials also will be on duty.

“Please plan ahead for any services you may need from state agencies during this and the other state government shutdown days,” Baldacci said. “When scheduling [shutdown] days, every effort has been made to reduce the impact to Maine people, businesses and communities.”

Maine state parks, including all campgrounds and historic sites, will be open Friday through Monday, according to Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands officials. Maine Forest Service forest rangers also will be on duty.

“We want to encourage folks to visit our state parks and historic sites for their traditional end-of-the-summer Labor Day extravaganza — even if it’s just a picnic,” Will Harris, director of the Bureau of Parks and Land, said in a press release issued Wednesday.

Clerks’ offices in courts around the state will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday so fines can be collected and paperwork can be filed.

Judges will handle the following matters:

ä Emergency petitions presented by a state agency such as a request for a preliminary protection order or an emergency or involuntary admission request.

ä Matters in which urgent constitutional rights are implicated, including in-custody arraignments and juvenile detention hearings.

ä Any type of case that does not involve a prosecutor or other state workers subject to the state shutdown.

The following types of cases will not be dealt with on shutdown days:

ä Child protective and juvenile cases.

ä Family matters that involve an assistant attorney general, or a child support enforcement agent.

ä Criminal dockets, including noncustodial arraignments, motions and trials.

The other dates this year that state offices will be shut down while courts are scheduled to open are Friday, Oct. 8, and Thursday, Dec. 23.

On the Web: www.courts.state.me.us

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