BANGOR, Maine — U.S. District Judge John A. Woodcock Jr. has been appointed chief judge for the District of Maine by President Bush.
Woodcock, 58, who presides in Bangor, will serve as the administrative head of the federal court system, including U.S. Bankruptcy Court and the U.S. Department of Probation.
The seven-year appointment was effective Tuesday.
The chief judgeship rotates among the federal judges within each district, Woodcock said Monday in a telephone interview. The qualifications are that the judge is under age 65, has been on the bench for at least a year and has not served previously as chief judge.
“The job is making sure that the court is administratively efficient and the laws are complied with,” Woodcock said. “It means, generally, that you are statutorily entrusted with overseeing the workings of the court budget, the clerks’ offices and changes in the rules of procedure.”
He succeeds U.S. District Judge George Z. Singal of Portland. U.S. District Judges D. Brock Hornby and Gene Carter, both of Portland, also have held the administrative post.
Woodcock’s appointment to the federal judiciary was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 16, 2003.
A graduate of Bowdoin College and the University of Maine Law School, Woodcock earned a master’s degree from the London School of Economics. He has served on several boards of directors, including SAD 22, which comprises Hampden, Winterport and Newburgh; and Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems.
Woodcock is a Bangor native and was a partner in a local law firm for many years.