AUGUSTA — The deadline is approaching for people to file written arguments as Maine’s highest court prepares to consider whether Gov. Paul LePage inadvertently allowed dozens of bills to become law.

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has asked interested parties to file briefs on whether the case represents a “solemn occasion” that merits its consideration and on the legal arguments by 4 p.m. Friday.

The Legislature refused to consider 65 vetoes from LePage this month because they say he missed his deadline to act on the bills.

Republican Senate President Michael Thibodeau and Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves have hired an attorney to represent the Legislature in the dispute.

House Republican Leader Ken Fredette, who supports LePage’s position, is using private funds to hire an attorney to represent his caucus.