“To address the serious scheduling backlog created by Judge Nadeau’s changes to the Probate Court schedule, we strongly recommend that Judge Nadeau revert to the Wednesday/Thursday schedule that the court has followed successfully for the last six years. In addition, we recommend that Judge Nadeau resume scheduling routine matters no more than 15 minutes apart in order to efficiently process these matters,” the commissioners wrote in the letter to Nadeau last week.

It is unclear whether Nadeau can be disciplined by the judicial branch.

Mary Ann Lynch, spokeswoman for the judicial branch, declined to comment on accusations because of the pending case against Nadeau before the Supreme Judicial Court.


Nadeau already has been publicly reprimanded multiple times, including being suspended from his judicial duties for 30 days in 2007 by the same Supreme Judicial Court.

Nadeau was first elected York County probate judge in 1996 and was re-elected in 2000 and 2004. He was defeated in 2008 after disciplinary actions against him, but was elected again in 2012.

In 2007, the Supreme Judicial Court suspended Nadeau from his duties as a judge for lying about opponents in his campaign for re-election in 2004.

In 2006, he was publicly reprimanded by the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar for violating the Maine Bar Rules in a divorce case in his private practice in which he had a sexual relationship with his client. He was found in violation of bar rules for faxing messages directly to the opposing party in the divorce case rather than the attorneys. Nadeau was married at the time and had children, according to court records.