AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage has nominated the Hon. Thomas Humphrey to replace retired Justice Warren Max Silver on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.
Humphrey has led a distinguished career through the Maine judicial system, serving for the past years as chief justice of the Superior Court, based in Cumberland County. Humphrey became a district court judge in 1993 and was elevated to the Superior Court bench in 1998. As chief justice, Humphrey is responsible for the operation and administration of the trial court.
“I am pleased to nominate Chief Justice Humprey,” said LePage in a news release. “He carries a distinguished record serving the Maine people well. In choosing judges, my focus is on the qualifications, demeanor and integrity of the candidates, not politics. I have confidence Chief Justice Humphrey will continue to serve with the honor, integrity and reason he is known for.”
Silver retired from the bench in December 2014 to pursue other professional endeavors in the practice of law. Shortly after joining the court in July 2005, Silver was tasked with overseeing the design and construction of the Penobscot Judicial Center. The project faced many challenges but was completed on time and under budget, according to a biography of Silver on the state judiciary’s website.
Silver also was known for his positive attitude and the concise way he wrote his opinions. He wrote 153 opinions, 22 dissents, 13 concurrences and seven opinions concurring in part and dissenting in part. He also led a comprehensive overhaul of the Maine Rules of Professional Conduct, assisted the Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure and gained respect for his years of work toward developing an oversight structure for guardians ad litem.
“I am thrilled and very honored to be nominated by Gov. LePage,” said Humphrey in a release. “I am grateful to him for considering me for this important decision. “
Before his appointment on the bench, Humphrey was a partner with the law firm Roberts, Shirley & Humphrey of Springvale. He previously served as an assistant district attorney in York County and is a graduate from Boston College and Boston College Law School.
Humphrey’s nomination is subject to review by the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee and confirmation by the full Senate. Humphrey’s is the latest in a long list of judicial nominations in lower courts which are working their way through the process.