Governor Paul LePage Helping Families Get Through The Family Court System In Maine.

My boyfriend Paul Collins and I have a Facebook page MeGALalert,a Facebook page The Pro se Way, a blog on WordPress with the same names and a blog here on BDN And Justice For All. It all started back in … Continue reading

The Pro se Problem in Family Courts

In Maine and Connecticut there is a movement to change the Family Court system. While this letter is addressed to the Maine Judicial branch it can be applied to other states just as well: Mary Ann Lynch Government and Media … Continue reading

Public Comment: Report of the Family Division Task Force (FDTF), 2013

This is an interesting report in which the growing 74% ‘pro se’ problem is acknowledged, but it seems to despair of a solution. Maybe in time. Maybe never. But – we’re thinking about it and working on it. It’s just … Continue reading

A Response to the Proposed Repeal and Replacement of Maine Guardian ad litem Rules

Hon. Leigh Saufley Chief Justice Maine Supreme Court Dear Chief Justice Sauflley, I am responding to the request from the Judicial Branch for comments from the public  on the proposed “new” Rules for Guardians ad litem. In my opinion, they … Continue reading

1999 Proposed rules for Guardian ad litem

Anita St Onge – is the unofficial spokes person to address the committee. Terry Hayes, David Kennedy, Ken Altshuler are also mentioned as members who participated in drawing up the rules for GALs back then. This is audio testimony presented … Continue reading

Maine Guardian ad litem – Proposed Repeal and Replacement of the Rules

NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT STATE OF MAINE SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT NOTICE AND OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT Proposed Repeal and Replacement of the Maine Rules for Guardians Ad Litem Comments due on or before September 12, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. The … Continue reading

What Would You Do if You Were A Guardian ad litem?

Imagine you are a Guardian ad litem tasked with making a recommendation on a case and you have the following to deal with: One member has just accused the other of molesting the child of this divorcing family. You recommend … Continue reading

A Basic Tool Kit for Grass Roots Family Court Reform

We have been asked by many people how we got MeGALalert, our Family Court and Guardian ad litem reform program, started and what beginning grassroots activists should do to get going? We grew our program, MeGALalert by stages and degrees, … Continue reading

PROPOSAL FOR AN AUDIT OF ‘PRO SE’ REPRESENTATION IN MAINE FAMILY COURTS

Wikipedia defines an audit as: “A planned and documented activity performed by qualified personnel to determine by investigation, examination or evaluation of objective evidence  the adequacy and compliance with established procedures or applicable documents and the effectiveness of implementation. A … Continue reading

Hate Mail – a Tactic that Violates our Beliefs and Ethics

We’ve all experienced it. We recognize it by the tension in our stomach as we read it, by its extremist perspective, by the writer’s views on whatever the “hate” topic – close to ours in some ways, yet somehow a … Continue reading