Committee on Judicial Conduct

Type: Standing Committee
Established: 1978 (originally as the Committee on Judicial Responsibility and Disability)
Chair: Christine S. Gianopoulos, MPA

 Formerly known as the Committee on Judicial Responsibility and Disability, the Committee on Judicial Conduct receives, processes, and investigates complaints concerning alleged violations of the Code of Judicial Conduct by any judicial officer serving on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, Superior Court, District Court, or any of the Probate Courts. The Committee consists of eight members- three judicial members, two attorney members, and three public members- as well as alternate members in each category.

Related website:  Committee on Judicial Conduct

Committee on Judicial Conduct Annual Report 2021 (PDF)

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Membership Roster

Membership effective May 23, 2024

Terms expire March 1, 2025
Cathy A. DeMerchant, of Vassalboro (Chair) 

Term expires January 27, 2027
Charles B. "Chuck" Kruger, of Thomaston

Terms expire September 1, 2028
Hon. Margot Joly, Franklin County Probate Judge

Term expires September 1, 2029
Hon. Harold L. Stewart II, Superior Court Justice

Terms expire March 1, 2030
Hon. Andrew Benson, District Court Judge
Kenneth I. Marass, Esq., of Springvale
Kenneth W. Bowden of Falmouth
Stephen J. Schwartz, Esq. (alternate attorney member)
Professor Aslaug Asgeirsdottir (alternate public member)

Alternate Judicial Members:
Hon. Michael Dubois, Androscoggin County Probate Judge (until September 1, 2028)
Hon. Deborah Cashman, Superior Court Justice (until September 1, 2029)
Hon. Philip Mohlar, District Court Judge (until September 1, 2030)

Executive Secretary: John M. McArdle, Esq.

Supreme Judicial Court Liaison: Associate Justice Andrew M. Horton