2018 Maine Revised Statutes
TITLE 18-C: PROBATE CODE
Article 5: UNIFORM GUARDIANSHIP AND PROTECTIVE PROCEEDINGS
Part 3: GUARDIANSHIP OF ADULT
18-C §5-307. Attendance and rights at hearing (WHOLE SECTION TEXT EFFECTIVE 7/1/19)

§5-307. Attendance and rights at hearing

(CONTAINS TEXT WITH VARYING EFFECTIVE DATES)

(WHOLE SECTION TEXT EFFECTIVE 7/1/19)

1. Attendance by respondent. Except as otherwise provided in subsection 2, a hearing under section 5-303 may proceed only if the respondent attends the hearing. If it is not reasonably feasible for the respondent to attend a hearing at the location court proceedings typically are conducted, the court shall make reasonable efforts to hold the hearing at an alternative location convenient to the respondent or allow the respondent to attend the hearing using real-time audiovisual technology.

[ 2017, c. 402, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 2017, c. 402, Pt. F, §1 (AFF) .]

2. Hearing without respondent in attendance. A hearing under section 5-303 may proceed without the respondent in attendance if the court finds by clear and convincing evidence that:

A. The respondent consistently and repeatedly has refused to attend the hearing after having been fully informed of the right to attend the hearing and the potential consequences of failing to do so; or [2017, c. 402, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 2017, c. 402, Pt. F, §1 (AFF).]

B. There is no practicable way for the respondent to attend and participate in the hearing even with appropriate supportive services and technological assistance. [2017, c. 402, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 2017, c. 402, Pt. F, §1 (AFF).]

[ 2017, c. 402, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 2017, c. 402, Pt. F, §1 (AFF) .]

3. Assistance to respondent. The respondent may be assisted in a hearing under section 5-303 by a person or persons of the respondent's choosing, assistive technology or an interpreter or translator, or a combination of these supports. If assistance would facilitate the respondent's participation in the hearing but is not otherwise available to the respondent, the court shall make reasonable efforts to provide it.

[ 2017, c. 402, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 2017, c. 402, Pt. F, §1 (AFF) .]

4. Attorney for respondent. The respondent has a right to choose an attorney to represent the respondent at a hearing under section 5-303.

[ 2017, c. 402, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 2017, c. 402, Pt. F, §1 (AFF) .]

5. Rights of respondent at hearing. For or at a hearing under section 5-303, the respondent may:

A. Present evidence and subpoena witnesses and documents; [2017, c. 402, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 2017, c. 402, Pt. F, §1 (AFF).]

B. Examine witnesses, including any court-appointed evaluator and the visitor; and [2017, c. 402, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 2017, c. 402, Pt. F, §1 (AFF).]

C. Otherwise participate in the hearing. [2017, c. 402, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 2017, c. 402, Pt. F, §1 (AFF).]

[ 2017, c. 402, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 2017, c. 402, Pt. F, §1 (AFF) .]

6. Attendance by proposed guardian required. Unless excused by the court for good cause, the proposed guardian shall attend a hearing under section 5-303.

[ 2017, c. 402, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 2017, c. 402, Pt. F, §1 (AFF) .]

7. Closed upon request; good cause. A hearing under section 5-303 must be closed on request of the respondent and a showing of good cause.

[ 2017, c. 402, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 2017, c. 402, Pt. F, §1 (AFF) .]

8. Participation; best interest of respondent. Any person may request to participate in a hearing under section 5-303. The court may grant the request, with or without hearing, on determining that the best interest of the respondent will be served. The court may attach appropriate conditions to the person's participation.

[ 2017, c. 402, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 2017, c. 402, Pt. F, §1 (AFF) .]

SECTION HISTORY

2017, c. 402, Pt. A, §2 (NEW). 2017, c. 402, Pt. F, §1 (AFF).

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