May 22, 2013

LePage announces two judicial nominations

The governor selects two Washington County attorneys to fill vacancies on the district court.

By Dennis Hoey
Staff Writer

AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage announced two judicial nominations Wednesday.

The governor nominated attorney David J. Mitchell of Calais to serve as a district court judge. Mitchell’s law firm offers services in areas including criminal defense, divorces and child custody.

Since 2004, Mitchell has also served as the tribal prosecutor for the Passamaquoddy Tribal Court and in Pleasant Point and Indian Township. He is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law.

Judge John V. Romei of Roque Bluffs was nominated to serve as an active retired district court judge. Romei was appointed a district court judge in 1992 by former Gov. John McKernan.

Before he became a judge Romei practiced law in Machias. He serves as a part-time trial judge for the Passamaquoddy Nation.

The nominations must be reviewed by the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary before they are brought to the Senate for confirmation.

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