Portrait of retired judge unveiled at new courthouse

By Fran Gonzalez | Aug 12, 2019
Photo by: Fran Gonzalez Retired Belfast District Court Judge Patricia G. Worth, right, and photographer Lynn Karlin stand next to Worth's portrait by Karlin, unveiled at the Belfast Judicial Center Aug. 6.

Belfast — The new Waldo Judicial Center is by all accounts modern, sleek and state-of-the-art, but one thing the courthouse lacks is the traditional portraits of past judges.

The first portrait of what is expected to become an ongoing tradition at the new facility was hung in one of the courtrooms recently. A framed photograph of retired District Court Judge Patricia G. Worth sitting in the former Superior Court Library, was unveiled Tuesday, Aug. 6, at the new judicial center.

While Worth said she has not yet had the opportunity to work in the new building, she has used the new facility to do legal research and write decisions.

After 18 years, Worth is now on the "active-retired" list, which she said means she works about a quarter of the time. She plans to work at the courthouse later on this year.

She became a judge, her husband John Worth recalled, after then-Gov. Angus King called her in 2000 while the couple was skiing in Western Maine, and asked her to take the bench. She was reappointed by Govs. King, John Baldacci and Paul LePage before retiring in 2018.

Prior to being a judge, Worth said, she worked at the Woodward Law Office, where she practiced general law. She also served as assistant district attorney for Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox and Waldo counties.

According to a clerk at the new courthouse, there are some portraits of retired judges at the former superior courthouse on Market Street but questions concerning who rightly owns those portraits have prevented them from being placed in the new facility.

Photographer Lynn Karlin was on hand for the unveiling of her portrait of Worth, and said she was pleased with the way it came out. She said the photograph resembles a painting, which was her intention.

While retirement has been an adjustment for Worth, she said she is happy to spend more time with her two grandchildren.

"Our kids are very proud of her," her husband said, "and the new courthouse has to start developing its history."

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