Joined by members of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court and others at the State House, Governor Janet Mills swore in Wayne R. Douglas as Associate Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.
Justice Douglas joins the Supreme Judicial Court after more than two decades of service as a member of the Maine Superior Court and the Maine District Court. His nomination to the Court was overwhelmingly approved by the Maine State Senate and the Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary.
Justice Douglas, of Old Orchard Beach, was first nominated to the Maine District Court by former Governor Angus King in 2002 and reappointed by former Governor John Baldacci in 2010. In 2015, former Governor Paul LePage appointed Douglas to the Maine Superior Court.
During his time on the Superior Court, Douglas has presided over the York County Treatment and Recovery Court, which provides judicially monitored supervision and treatment to individuals with criminal charges who are committed to addressing their substance use disorder and mental health issues. He also initiated a Mental Health Docket in York County to expedite consideration of cases involving people experiencing mental health issues.
Prior to his appointment to the Judicial Branch, Justice Douglas served as Chief Legal Counsel to former Governor King and as Associate Commissioner of the former Maine Department of Mental Health. Prior to entering public service, Justice Douglas spent more than a decade in private practice at Pierce Atwood in Portland.
Justice Douglas, 71, is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law and received his undergraduate degree from Bates College. He lives in Old Orchard Beach with his wife and has two adult children.
Governor Mills nominated Justice Douglas on February 1, 2023. Justice Douglas is Governor Mills’ fifth nomination to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court since taking office.