Candidates Sought for District Court Vacancies

October 6, 2011

For Immediate Release: Thursday, October 6, 2011
Contact: Adrienne Bennett (207) 287-2531

Augusta, Maine – Governor Paul LePage today announced that his Judicial Selection Committee is accepting applications for candidates interested in serving as a District Court Judge.

“I have been very pleased by the high quality candidates recommended by the committee and the strong support my judicial nominees have received in the Legislature. I look forward to the process working as well with my next two nominees,” said Governor Paul LePage. There are two District Court vacancies to be filled. One vacancy was created by John O’Neil’s confirmation to the Superior Court. The second vacancy will be created by the retirement of Judge Joseph Field.

Due to the relocation of a sitting judge, one of the two vacancies must be filled by a resident of the Eleventh District, which encompasses Oxford County. The person selected to fill the second vacancy will likely be assigned to District Courts in central Maine (Augusta, Waterville, Skowhegan, and Newport) and applicants who are residents of that area will be considered.

The Governor’s Judicial Selection Committee will accept applications until October 24th. Application materials can be found online at: www.maine.gov/governor/lepage/cabinet/appointments/process.shtml The Judicial Selection Committee will conduct interviews during November.

It is anticipated that nominees will be posted in December and that confirmation hearings will be held before the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee in January.