Business and Consumer Court completes move to Portland

Posted June 19, 2011, at 12:05 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The Business and Consumer Court has completed its move from the Bath District Court to new office space in the Cumberland County Courthouse.

The court, headed by Superior Court Chief Justice Thomas Humphrey of Portland, was created in 2006 by the Legislature at the request of the Judiciary branch to handle complex litigation involving businesses.

“[It] got off to a great start,” Chief Justice Leigh I. Saufley said in March in her annual address to the lawmakers. “Some of the most complex business cases in the system were being resolved in nine or 10 months. The benefit to businesses of prompt, predictable justice cannot be overstated. Delays and uncertainty do not support a solid business climate. The Business [and Consumer] Docket was designed to avoid those problems, and it did so very well in its first full year.”

Staffing shortages over the past year “devastated” that progress, but moving resources from other areas and help from Gov. Paul LePage’s proposed budget would allow the docket to be on “solid footing” in six months, Saufley said earlier this year.

In addition to Humphrey, at least two clerks have been assigned to work for the Business and Consumer Court in Portland.

The contact information for the court is: 205 Newbury Street, Ground Floor, Portland, ME  04101; 822-3220, voice; 822-3223, FAX; and email: business.court@courts.maine.gov.

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