Amicus Briefs, Letters and Statements

NEFAC files and joins amicus briefs, letters and statements addressing important First Amendment issues. This is a listing of those documents, as well as others that may be of interest to you. While our main focus is on freedom of information concerns, we will consider supporting any effort that addresses the First Amendment. If you would like to have NEFAC sign onto your brief, or to have us file one on behalf of your cause, please email our executive director for more information. Briefs, letters and statements from previous years can be viewed here:

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To Maine Chief Justice Stanfill Re: Fees to Inspect or Copy Electronically Filed Records (Jan. 20, 2023)

These fees are excessive on their face in relation to the actual incremental cost of providing public access to documents that are already available over the internet to litigants, and they impair the ability of journalists to report on matters of public concern. The fees violate Rule 14 of the Maine Rules of Electronic Court Systems (“RECS”), which requires that fees for public access be reasonable, and the United States Constitution, which prohibits the government from turning a profit by imposing fees as a condition to the exercise of First Amendment rights.