AUGUSTA (AP) – Justice Susan Calkins is resigning her post after nine years on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, Gov. John Baldacci announced Wednesday.

Calkins, who along with Chief Justice Leigh Saufley is one of two women on the seven-member court, was appointed by Gov. Angus King in 1998 and was reappointed by Baldacci in 2005.

Before that, the Portland resident served as a Superior Court judge and as chief judge of the state District Court. The 1970 University of Maine Law School graduate worked for Pine Tree Legal Assistance for 10 years before joining the bench.

“I am grateful to you and your predecessors for giving me the opportunity to serve as a trial and appellate judge since 1980,” Calkins, 64, wrote in her resignation letter to Baldacci. Her resignation will take effect on Oct. 1.

The process for selecting a successor is already under way, according to Baldacci’s spokesman.

A committee will interview candidates, and Baldacci hopes to send a nominee to the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee for consideration later this year.

A majority of the committee must recommend the nominee to the Senate. Once approved by the committee, the nominee goes to the full Senate for consideration.

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