United States District Court for the District of Maine

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District of Maine
First Circuit
Maineseal.png
Chief:John WoodcockJudges:2
Posts:3Vacancies:1
Active judges
Torresen
Senior Judges
CarterHornbySingal
Magistrate Judges
Rich
Former Judges
Key:
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
0%0%-10%
10%-25%25%-40%
More than 40%
Contents
1 Court
1.1 Vacancy warning level
1.2 Jurisdiction
1.2.1 Cases heard
1.2.2 Case load
1.3 Clerk's office
1.4 History
1.4.1 Court history
1.4.2 Judicial posts
1.4.3 Notable decisions
1.4.4 Federal courthouse
1.5 Major news
1.6 See also
1.7 External links
1.8 References
2 Judges

The United States District Court for the District of Maine, often referred to as just the District of Maine, is the United States district court for Maine. The District of Maine was one of the original thirteen district courts established by the Judiciary Act of 1789, even though Maine was not a separate state from Massachusetts until 1820. The court is headquartered in Portland, Maine and has a second courthouse in Bangor, Maine.

The United States Attorney for the District of Maine represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is Thomas Edward Delahanty, II .[1]

Vacancy warning level

The United States District Court for the District of Maine's vacancy warning level is currently set at orange. The court currently has one vacancy for its three posts.

Jurisdiction

The Counties of Maine (click for larger map)

The jurisdiction of the District of Maine consists of all the counties in the state of Maine. The court's headquarters are in Portland, with a courthouse in Bangor.[2]

When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the First Circuit Court of Appeals based in Downtown Boston at the John Joseph Moakley Federal Courthouse.

Cases heard

The District of Maine has original jurisdiction over cases filed within its jurisdiction. These cases can include civil and criminal matters that fall under federal law.

Case load

Federal Court Case Load Statistics*
YearStarting case load:Cases filed:Total cases:Cases terminated:Remaining cases:Median time(Criminal)**:Median time(Civil)**:3 Year Civil cases#:Vacant posts:## Trials/Post
2012 5927671359749 6107.88.26 (1.9%)0.117
2011 5888071395803 5928.47.56 (1.6%)1221
2010 5748501424852 5728.86.96(1.5%)518
2009 5328291361782 5797.66.83(.7%)018
2008 4807701250717 5336.778(2.7%)022
200741174611577024557.26.55(1.7%)020
*All statistics are taken from the Official Federal Courts' Website and reflect the calendar year through September.    **Time in months from filing to completion.
#This statistic includes cases which have been appealed in higher courts.    ##This is the total number of months that any judicial posts had spent vacant that year.
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Clerk's office

The District of Maine has two courthouses. Christa K. Berry currently serves as Clerk of Court. Contact information can be found below.

Branch Address Phone number Email
Portland Division Edward T. Gignoux United States Courthouse

156 Federal Street
Portland, Maine 04101

(207) 780-3356
Bangor Division Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building and United States Courthouse

202 Harlow Street
Bangor, Maine 04401

(207) 945-0575
[3]

History

Court history

The District of Maine was one of the original thirteen district courts established by the Judiciary Act of 1789. A district court was created in each of the eleven states that had ratified the Constitution by September, 1789, as well as in Maine (then part of Massachusetts) and Kentucky (then still part of Virginia). The court only had one judge until an additional judgeship was authorized in 1978. A third judgeship was authorized in 1990.[4]

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the District of Maine:

Year Statute Total Seats
September 24, 1789 1 Stat. 73 1
October 20, 1978 92 Stat. 1629 2
December 1, 1990 104 Stat. 5089 3
[4]

Notable cases

For a searchable list of opinions, please see Opinions for the District of Maine.



Federal courthouse

Major news

For new stories and other related material see Maine judicial news.

See also

External links

References


District of Maine
First Circuit
Maineseal.png
Chief:John WoodcockJudges:2
Posts:3Vacancies:1
Active judges
Torresen
Senior Judges
CarterHornbySingal
Magistrate Judges
Rich
Former Judges
Key:
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
0%0%-10%
10%-25%25%-40%
More than 40%
Contents
1 Court
2 Judges
2.1 Active Judges
2.1.1 Article III judges
2.1.2 Pending appointments
2.1.3 Senior judges
2.2 Past judges
2.2.1 Former Chief judges
2.2.2 Former judges

Active judges

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Chief judge John Woodcock1950Bangor, MEW. Bush 6/16/2003-Present2009-PresentGene CarterBowdoin College, B.A., 1972University of Maine School of Law, J.D., 1976
Judge Nancy Torresen1959Ridgewood, NJObama 10/3/2011 - PresentD. Brock HornbyHope College, B.A., 1981U. of Michigan Law, J.D., 1987


Pending appointments

JudgeConfirmationBachelorsLaw
Jon LevySyracuse University, B.S., 1976West Virginia University College of Law, J.D., 1979


Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge George SingalClinton 7/11/2000 - 7/31/20132003 - 20097/31/2013 - PresentUniversity of Maine, B.A., 1967Harvard Law School, J.D., 1970
Senior Judge D. Brock HornbyH.W. Bush 4/30/1990 - 5/1/20101996 - 20035/1/2010 - PresentU. of Western Ontario, B.A., 1965Harvard Law, J.D., 1969
Senior Judge Gene CarterReagan 6/23/1983-1/2/20031989-19961/2/2003-PresentUniversity of Maine, B.A., 1958New York University School of Law, LL.B., 1961


Magistrate judges

JudgeActiveBachelorsLaw
Magistrate Judge John Rich4/02/2008Bowdoin College, A.B., 1978U. of Pennsylvania Law, J.D., 1982


Past judges

Former Chief judges

Former Chief JudgesTerm
Edward Gignoux1978-1983
Gene Carter1989-1996
D. Brock Hornby1996 - 2003
George Singal2003 - 2009

In order to qualify for the office of Chief Judge in one of the federal courts, a judge must have been in active service on the court for at least one year, be under the age of 65, and have not previously served as Chief Judge. A vacancy in the office of Chief Judge is filled by the judge highest in seniority among the group of qualified judges. The Chief Judge serves for a term of seven years or until age 70, whichever occurs first. The age restrictions are waived if no members of the court would otherwise be qualified for the position. Unlike the Chief Justice of the United States, a Chief Judge returns to active service after the expiration of his or her term and does not create a vacancy on the bench by the fact of his or her promotion.[1][2]



Former judges

Seat 1Seat 2Seat 3
JudgeTerm
Gignoux8/26/1957-6/1/1983
Clifford3/24/1947-11/18/1956
Peters11/14/1921-1/2/1947
Hale5/19/1902-1/1/1922
Webb1/24/1882-6/30/1902
Fox5/30/1866-12/14/1881
Ware2/15/1822-5/31/1866
Parris1/28/1818-1/1/1822
Sewall9/26/1789-1/9/1818
Carter6/23/1983-1/2/2003
Woodcock6/16/2003-Present
JudgeTerm
Torresen10/3/2011 - Present
Cyr1981-1989
Mitchell10/5/1979-5/16/1980
Hornby4/30/1990 - 5/1/2010
JudgeTerm
Brody7/25/1991-3/25/2000
Singal7/11/2000 - 7/31/2013


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