Judge Jeffrey H. Moskowitz, who has served on the Maine bench since 2008, has been selected to become deputy chief of the state’s District Court.
Moskowitz will take over the role of deputy chief from Judge Robert E. Mullen, who is scheduled to be sworn in as a justice of the Superior Court on Thursday.
Moskowitz, who typically sits on a variety of cases from criminal to family matters at the Cumberland County Courthouse in Portland, was asked by Chief District Court Judge Charles LaVerdiere, with the approval of Chief Justice Leigh Saufley of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, to take on the new responsibilities as deputy chief in addition to continuing his courtroom duties.
A graduate of Syracuse University College of Law, Moskowitz was first admitted to the Maine bar in 1987. He worked as a prosecutor in the York County District Attorney’s Office before being nominated to become a judge by former Gov. John Baldacci.
“I am grateful to Judge Moskowitz for accepting the position, and assisting me in the administration of Maine’s 29 District Courts,” LaVerdiere said in a written statement. “I also want to thank outgoing Deputy Chief Judge Mullen, for his service as Deputy Chief for the last three years. In that time we have seen the expansion of the (Unified Criminal Docket) to several counties, and also improvements in the provision of guardian ad litem services. We will miss him on the District Court, but know Maine people will continue to benefit from his work as a Superior Court Justice.”
A guardian ad litem is a person – often a lawyer – appointed by the court to represent the best interests of one or more children in a court action that may affect them, according to the State of Maine Judicial Branch website.
Moskowitz will begin in his new capacity when Mullen leaves for Superior Court. Mullen was nominated to the higher court in February by Gov. Paul LePage.
Both Moskowitz and Mullen earn base annual salaries of $115,356. Moskowitz will receive an additional annual stipend of $2,558 as deputy chief. Like all of the state’s judges, they are scheduled to receive a 3 percent pay raise in July.
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