The Supreme Court of Maine has amended the state’s Bar Rules in attorney discipline actions before the high court to mandate that attorneys facing potential discipline must order hearing transcripts, or parts of transcripts, directly from the transcript preparer at their own expense.

According to document issued by the high court this month, which both shows the rule-change language and explains the reasons behind it in an “Advisory Note,” the “purpose of the amendments to Maine Bar Rules 13(g)(3) and 14(a)(7) is to make clear that transcript copies are to be obtained from the preparers of transcripts.”