Governor Announces Judicial Nominee

December 14, 2016

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage today announced the reappointment of Hon. Joseph M. Jabar as Associate Justice to the Maine Supreme Court.

Jabar is a graduate of Colby College and the University of Maine School of Law. Following graduation, Justice Jabar served as a federal prosecutor for the Justice Department in Washington, D.C. He returned to Maine and served four years as District Attorney for Kennebec-Somerset Counties. For 25 years he was a member of the law firm of Jabar, Batten, Ringer and Murphy of Waterville.

He has served two Governors as Chair of the Executive Clemency Board, served as a Workers' Compensation Commissioner and served two terms as a State Representative. He was Chairman of the Juvenile Code Revision Commission in 1977 and 1978. He has also served on the Board of Governors for the Maine Trial Lawyers Association.

Governor Angus King appointed Justice Jabar to the Superior Court in 2001, and he was re-appointed by Governor John Baldacci in 2008. This is the first reappointment of Justice Jabar by Governor Paul R. LePage. While on the Superior Court, he served on the Family Law Advisory Commission, Criminal Law Advisory Commission, Media and the Courts Committee, and the State Sentencing and Corrections Council. Governor John Baldacci appointed him to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court on September 1, 2009.

The Judiciary Committee of the 128th Legislature will hear all Gubernatorial Judicial nominations, and the Committee will schedule public hearings.