Statement from Attorney General on Nomination of Justice Valerie Stanfill as Chief Justice of Maine Supreme Judicial Court

May 11, 2021

AUGUSTA - Governor Janet T. Mills has nominated Superior Court Justice Valerie Stanfill, of Wayne, as Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. Attorney General Aaron M. Frey issued the following statement praising the nomination:

"Justice Stanfill has a long, distinguished career as an attorney and jurist. Her experience as well as her fairness and commitment to equal justice under the law makes her an excellent choice to lead the Law Court into the future, at a time when the pandemic has presented numerous challenges for Mainers' access to justice. Justice Stanfill was a committed member of the Homicide Review Panel for many years. She brought her wisdom and experience to the Panel which resulted in recommendations that made victims safer and improved the process for all people involved in the Criminal Justice System. In her long career on the bench, Justice Stanfill has had a front row seat to some of the most difficult and sensitive issues facing our judicial system. This experience would serve her well if confirmed to take the helm of Maines Judicial Branch."

Justice Stanfills nomination is subject to confirmation by the Legislatures Joint Standing Committee on the Judiciary and the Maine State Senate.