AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage announced Monday the reappointment of four seated members of the district, superior and supreme courts.
“As governor, I have the utmost respect and have been impressed with the high quality work of the judicial branch,” LePage said.
“In choosing judges, my focus is on the qualifications, demeanor and integrity of the candidates, not politics. These nominees reflect those priorities,” LePage said. “I am confident that these reappointments will continue to live up to the high standards we expect from Maine judges.”
Judge Richard Mulhern and Judge Patricia Worth were returned to District Court, Justice Mary Michaela Murphy to Superior Court and Justice Ellen Ann Gorman to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.
Mulhern was named to the District Court by former Gov. John Baldacci in 2007. Mulhern worked at Sulloway & Hollis, a private firm, before joining the Maine District Court. He is a graduate of the University of Maine and the University of Maine School of Law.
Former Gov. Angus King appointed Worth of Belfast to the District Court in 2000. Worth worked at Woodward Law Office prior to joining the Maine District Court.
She also has served as assistant district attorney in Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox and Waldo counties. Worth is a graduate of Boston University and the University of Maine School of Law.
Baldacci appointed Murphy, a resident of Rome, to the Superior Court in 2007. Murphy was a partner at Jabar, Batten, Ringer and Murphy before joining the Maine Superior Court. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Maine School of Law.
Baldacci also named Gorman to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in 2007. Former Gov. John McKernan and King had previously appointed Gorman to District Court and Superior Court.
Before that, she worked as commissioner at the Maine Workers Compensation Commission and in private practice at Richardson, Tyler & Troubh. She is a graduate of Trinity College and of Cornell Law School.
The four gubernatorial judicial nominations will be heard by Judiciary Committee of the 127th Legislature. The committee will schedule public hearings shortly.