Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

It's become a chronic problem in Maine:  The state has failed to provide enough resources for court-appointed attorneys who represent low income clients.  This year, the funding has dried up two months early.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Attorneys in Maine appointed to defend people who can't afford a lawyer will have to wait nearly two months to get paid after state funding ran out.

The Portland Press Herald reports that court-appointed lawyers won't get paid until the new fiscal year, which starts July 1.

John Pelletier, executive director of the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services, said lawmakers didn't set aside enough money in the two-year budget but had said they would fill the gap if necessary.