United States District Court for the District of Maine

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District of Maine
First Circuit
Judges: 3
Posts: 3
Vacancies: 0
Active judges
Chief: John Woodcock
Senior Judges
Magistrate Judges
Former Judges
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
More than 40%

The United States District Court for the District of Maine, often referred to as the District of Maine, is one of 94 United States district courts. The District of Maine was one of the original 13 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. When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the First Circuit Court of Appeals, based in downtown Boston, Massachusetts, at the John Joseph Moakley Federal Courthouse.

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 green. The court currently has no vacancies of its three posts.

Pending nominations

There are no pending nominations for the United States District Court for the District of Maine.

Active judges

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Judge Jon LevyMarch 18, 1954Portland, MaineObama 5/2/2014-PresentSyracuse University, B.S., 1976West Virginia University College of Law, J.D., 1979
Chief judge John Woodcock1950Bangor, MEW. Bush 06/16/2003-Present2009-PresentGene CarterBowdoin College, 1972University of Maine School of Law, 1976
Judge Nancy Torresen1959Ridgewood, NJObama 10/3/2011 - PresentD. Brock HornbyHope College, 1981University of Michigan Law, 1987

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 04/30/1990 - 05/01/20101996 - 200305/01/2010 - PresentUniversity of Western Ontario, 1965Harvard Law, 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

Magistrate judge John Nivison1/27/2014-1/27/2022Colby College, 1982University of Maine Law, 1985
Magistrate Judge John Rich4/02/2008Bowdoin College, A.B., 1978University of Pennsylvania Law, J.D., 1982


The Counties of Maine (click for larger map)

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.

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]




Federal Court Caseload 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
2013 6077671374736 6389.77.63 (.8%)2.021
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
*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.

Notable cases

For a searchable list of opinions, please see Opinions for the District of Maine (dead link).


The District of Maine was one of the original 13 district courts established by the Judiciary Act of 1789. A district court was created in each of the 11 states that 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.[9]

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the District of Maine:[9]

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

Former chief judges

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.[10][11]

Former judges

For more information about the judges of the District of Maine, see former federal judges of the District of Maine.

See also

External links


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