David Mitchell nominated as District Court judge in Washington County

Lawyer David Mitchell works in his Calais office recently.
Lawyer David Mitchell works in his Calais office recently. Buy Photo
Posted May 22, 2013, at 8:04 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — David J. Mitchell, a Calais attorney, was nominated Wednesday by Gov. Paul LePage to replace retiring District Court Judge John V. Romei.

Romei will retire in June after 21 years on the bench and more than 30 years as a lawyer, according to a previously published report.

In a press release issued late Wednesday, LePage announced Mitchell’s nomination and Romei’s nomination to serve as a part-time jurist.

“In choosing judges, my focus is on the qualifications, demeanor and integrity of the candidates, not politics,” LePage said. “These nominees reflect those priorities.”

Mitchell has practiced law in Washington County since 1997, when he graduated from the University of Maine School of Law. He handles family, civil, probate, real estate and criminal matters as well as civil litigation, the press release said.

Since 2004, Mitchell has served as the tribal prosecutor in the Passamaquoddy Tribal Court in both Pleasant Point and Indian Township.

A date for a hearing before the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee has not been set.

Judicial nominees must be confirmed by the Senate.

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