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Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Chief Justice Appoints Darien W.L. Ching Nagata as Hawaii Island District Court Judge
By News Release @ 6:11 PM :: 2954 Views :: Judiciary

If confirmed by the State Senate, Nagata will serve a term of six years....

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Saturday, April 2, 2016
Dubanoski Appointed to Judicial Selection Commission
By News Release @ 3:47 PM :: 3133 Views :: Judiciary

Chief Justice Recktenwald appointed Dr. Dubanoski to the Commission, replacing Dr. Phyllis C. Horner, for the remainder of her term, effective April 2, 2016 and expiring on April 1, 2019....

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Saturday, March 19, 2016
Hawaii State Judiciary “Connect-A-Vet” resource fair
By News Release @ 8:14 PM :: 4012 Views :: Judiciary, Military

The Veterans Treatment Court of the First Circuit teamed up with community service providers....

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Friday, February 26, 2016
If judges act like politicians, shouldn't they be treated like politicians?
By Robert Thomas @ 4:26 AM :: 3551 Views :: Judiciary
Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski "wisely admonished his fellow judges that 'When we act act like politicians, we will be treated like politicians.'"
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Thursday, February 18, 2016
Applicants Sought for Ethics Commission
By News Release @ 2:38 PM :: 3359 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

Applications due March 18, 2016 ....

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Sunday, February 14, 2016
It’s the Judges, Stupid
By Andrew Walden @ 8:53 PM :: 8067 Views :: Greenmail, Judiciary, OHA

Telescope, HC&S, Superferry:  Going, going, gone.  Are protesters to blame?  Think again.

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Sunday, February 14, 2016
What Scalia Taught Us
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:20 PM :: 3819 Views :: Judiciary

...9 Zingers From the Sharp Mind of Justice Scalia....

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Friday, February 12, 2016
Oahu Girls Court Celebrates Strength Through Adversity
By News Release @ 1:56 PM :: 3013 Views :: Judiciary

The Oahu Girls Court celebrated the 13th class who successfully completed the Girls Court program at a special ceremony held on Thursday, February 11....

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Friday, February 5, 2016
Western States try again at Freeing Themselves from 9th Circuit Court
By Selected News Articles @ 3:00 AM :: 3314 Views :: Judiciary

...Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake (R) and Rep. Matt Salmon (R) introduced legislation that would split up the 9th Circuit and add a new 12th Circuit....

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Time To Elect Hawaii's Judges? Maybe Not Such A Bad Idea.
By Robert Thomas @ 1:55 AM :: 3584 Views :: Judiciary

The Hawaii Legislature is evaluating a series of bills which, taken collectively, would radically overhaul the way judges and justices are selected....

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Friday, January 29, 2016
Advocates for Abused and Neglected Children Needed on Oahu
By News Release @ 6:28 PM :: 3781 Views :: Family, Judiciary

Interested persons must attend a mandatory CASA training program....

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Saturday, January 16, 2016
Kauai Girls Court Celebrates Success of First Cohort
By News Release @ 2:14 AM :: 4719 Views :: Kauai County, Judiciary

Girls Court is the Judiciary’s innovative effort to stem the rising tide of female delinquency in Hawaii, where the proportion of female juvenile arrests has been significantly higher than the national average....

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Saturday, January 16, 2016
Indict Somebody: Judiciary Hiring Independent Grand Jury Counsel
By News Release @ 2:04 AM :: 3381 Views :: Judiciary

First & Third Circuit Seeking Applicants for Independent Grand Jury Counsel....

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Thursday, December 24, 2015
Judges Lead Grassroots Effort to Help Landlords and Tenants Curb Evictions
By News Release @ 3:46 PM :: 4484 Views :: Homelessness, Judiciary

Group named STAE (Steps to Avoid Eviction) to distribute flyers in the community....

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Friday, December 18, 2015
Judiciary: Six Funds out of Compliance
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:37 PM :: 3233 Views :: Judiciary

One special fund and five trust funds did not meet criteria...

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Big Island Veterans Treatment Court Recognizes Its First Graduate
By News Release @ 9:22 PM :: 4497 Views :: Judiciary, Law Enforcement, Military

Six veterans are now enrolled in the Hilo and Kona Veterans Treatment Courts since the program’s inception in November 2014....

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Thursday, November 12, 2015
Hawaii earns a D- for Civil Forfeiture Laws
By News Release @ 2:22 AM :: 6255 Views :: Judiciary, Law Enforcement, Drugs

Hawaii’s civil forfeiture laws are among the nation’s worst....

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Monday, November 9, 2015
New Data Shows Veterans Treatment Court Surge
By News Release @ 5:52 PM :: 4163 Views :: Judiciary, Military

Nationally, Veterans Treatment Courts are serving an estimated 13,200 veterans who would otherwise be incarcerated....

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Saturday, October 24, 2015
Hawaii Veterans Treatment Court Graduates Five
By News Release @ 7:31 PM :: 4520 Views :: Judiciary, Military

The Hawaii State Supreme Court courtroom was filled with supporters of the five U.S. veterans who completed the intensive two-year program.....

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Saturday, October 24, 2015
Chief Justice Appoints James C. McWhinnie Oahu District Court Judge
By News Release @ 7:28 PM :: 3555 Views :: Judiciary

If confirmed by the State Senate, McWhinnie will serve a term of six years....

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Thursday, September 24, 2015
Public Comment Period Opens for 1st & 3rd Circuit Judicial Nominees
By News Release @ 7:33 PM :: 5640 Views :: Judiciary

Comments must be post-marked, emailed, faxed, or hand delivered no later than Friday, October 9, 2015....

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Hawaii Supreme Court: Political Cronies Who are also Lawyers will be Iced Out of Marijuana Goldrush
By News Release @ 11:32 PM :: 4965 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary, Drugs
...a lawyer may not ‘provide legal services to facilitate the establishment and operation of a medical marijuana business’….”
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Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Obama Nominates Clare Connors Hawaii Federal Judge
By News Release @ 2:22 PM :: 3840 Views :: Judiciary

Clare E. Connors has been an attorney at the law firm of Davis Levin Livingston in Honolulu, Hawaii since 2011....

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Sunday, September 6, 2015
9 Years of Hawaii Law Blogging
By Robert Thomas @ 9:05 PM :: 5243 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use

I'd also like to hail my fellow law bloggers....

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Enviro Wars Episode IV: A New Court
By Robert Thomas @ 3:06 PM :: 4895 Views :: Environment, Judiciary

..."mission creep" could well set in....

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Anti-Cane Burning Suit to be First Case Heard by Hawaii Environmental Court
By Andrew Walden @ 8:23 PM :: 6470 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Agriculture, Judiciary

Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction will be heard by the Honorable Joseph E. Cardoza, Judge of the Environmental Court of the Second Circuit on September 16, 2015 at 9:30 a.m....

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Jury Questionnaires to be Mailed Out for 2016
By News Release @ 3:07 PM :: 2957 Views :: Judiciary

Those who receive a questionnaire have 10 days to complete and return....

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Thursday, July 9, 2015
Supreme Court Overturns Former Judge’s Ruling on Gambling Case
By News Release @ 4:24 PM :: 5576 Views :: Judiciary, Law Enforcement

The Hawaii Supreme Court has overturned former Circuit Court Judge Randal Lee’s order disqualifying two Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys from a high­ profile gambling case....

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Thursday, July 2, 2015
Hawaii Appeals: When is Final, Final?
By Robert Thomas @ 11:00 PM :: 3701 Views :: Judiciary

HAWSCT Again Clarifies When A Judgment Is "Final" And Appealable (They're Serious About This Finality Thing)....

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Monday, June 29, 2015
Hawaii State Judiciary Launches New Environmental Court
By News Release @ 5:32 PM :: 4743 Views :: Environment, Judiciary

Hawaii’s new Environmental Court will have broad jurisdiction over civil and criminal cases affecting the environment....

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Friday, June 26, 2015
Hawaii Supreme Court: County Initiative Preempted by State Law
By Robert Thomas @ 5:08 PM :: 7649 Views :: Hawaii County , Judiciary, Law Enforcement, Drugs, GMOs

...Hawaii Supreme Court refined the test for determining when a municipal ordinance or charter provision is preempted by state law....

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Sunday, June 21, 2015
Contested Case or Court Case? The Hawaii Supreme Court Decides
By Robert Thomas @ 6:58 PM :: 5027 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use

It's a fine balance, and until the Hawaii Supreme Court's recent decision in Kellberg v. Yuen, and the Intermediate Court of Appeals' decision in Hoku Lele, LLC v. City and County of Honolulu....

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Hirono, Schatz Nominate Three for Federal Judge
By News Release @ 9:34 PM :: 3845 Views :: Judiciary

Clare Connors, David Louie, and Jill Otake....

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Calvin Say case shakes up Hawaii Supreme Court
By Selected News Articles @ 3:09 PM :: 4329 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

"...Calvin K.Y. Say is the uncle of one of my current law clerk’s spouse, and that another law clerk, prior to joining my staff, worked on a campaign involving Respondent Calvin K.Y. Say...." -- Rectenwald

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Saturday, May 30, 2015
Why are there so many Crooked Lawyers in Honolulu?
By Selected News Articles @ 11:26 PM :: 5501 Views :: Judiciary

In Hawaii...it seems like half the top lawyers attended the University of Hawaii....

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Friday, May 29, 2015
Big Law vs. Honolulu's Not-So-Big Law
By Robert Thomas @ 9:01 AM :: 5820 Views :: Judiciary, Small Business
"A Tale of Two Cities: Honolulu and San Francisco"
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Saturday, May 2, 2015
JSC Seeks Applicants for First and Third Circuit Courts
By News Release @ 2:24 AM :: 3210 Views :: Judiciary

The term of office of a circuit judge shall be ten years. The annual salary in Hawaiʻi of a circuit judge is $193,248....

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Sunday, April 19, 2015
Hawaiians and the Law: Kelii Akina and Michael Lilly
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:39 PM :: 7457 Views :: Akaka Bill, Higher Education, Judiciary, OHA

Whether it's activists on Mauna Kea, the Akaka Bill or the Native Hawaiian roll, questions of law abound....

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Thursday, April 16, 2015
HAWSCT Clarifies Joinder Of Indispensable Parties, Timely Appeals
By Robert Thomas @ 12:49 AM :: 3271 Views :: Judiciary

Here's the latest from the Hawaii Supreme Court....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Chief Justice Appoints Dyan M. Medeiros as Oahu District Family Court Judge
By News Release @ 10:14 PM :: 4287 Views :: Family, Judiciary

The appointment of Medeiros fills the vacancy created by the appointment of Judge Christine E. Kuriyama to the Circuit Court of the First Circuit....

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Applicants Sought for District Court Per Diem Judges
By News Release @ 10:07 PM :: 3636 Views :: Judiciary

The District Court of the First Circuit is accepting applications from attorneys interested in serving as Per Diem District Judges....

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Chief Justice Appoints William M. Domingo as Oahu District Court Judge
By News Release @ 9:05 PM :: 5071 Views :: Family, Judiciary

If confirmed by the State Senate, Domingo will serve a term of six years....

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Deferred, not Defeated: Marsy's Law Supporters Organize for Next Session
By Video @ 10:11 PM :: 4810 Views :: Judiciary, Law Enforcement

Supporters are already working to build legislative and public support for the constitutional amendment in the 2016 legislative session....

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Chief Justice Seeks Public Comment on Oahu Family Court Nominees
By News Release @ 9:36 PM :: 5213 Views :: Honolulu County, Family, Judiciary

...Comments must be post-marked, emailed, faxed, or hand delivered no later than Thursday, April 2, 2015. All comments will be kept confidential....

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Thursday, March 12, 2015
After Sob Story from Child Molester's Mother, Hawaii House Offers Ex-Cons $50K per Year, Free Obamacare for Life
By Andrew Walden @ 7:08 AM :: 7087 Views :: Judiciary, Law Enforcement

This is all part of a scheme hatched by two lawyers famous for helping OJ Simpson get off on his 1994 double murder rap in Los Angeles....

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Thursday, March 5, 2015
Applicants Wanted for Ethics and Campaign Spending Commissions
By News Release @ 2:22 AM :: 3980 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

Interested persons should submit an application along with a resume and three letters of recommendation (attesting to the applicant’s character and integrity) postmarked by March 13, 2015....

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Monday, March 2, 2015
Applicants Wanted for Ethics and Campaign Spending Commissions
By News Release @ 4:57 PM :: 3412 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

Interested persons should submit an application along with a resume and three letters of recommendation postmarked by March 13, 2015....

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Monday, February 2, 2015
HB624: Parental Parity in Child Custody Cases
By Chris Lethem @ 11:14 PM :: 4281 Views :: Family, Judiciary

Testimony will be heard on HB624 Tuesday morning at 8:30 am in room 326....

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Chief Justice Delivers State of the Judiciary Address
By News Release @ 9:01 PM :: 4189 Views :: Judiciary

Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald delivered the State of the Judiciary address today at a joint session of the State Senate and House....

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Legislative Ambulance Chasers Dig In To Taxpayers' Deep Pockets
By Selected News Articles @ 6:20 PM :: 5016 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Judiciary

...With ambulance chasers in positions of power, both the House and Senate are poised to advance HB189 and SB137 in separate hearings on Friday....

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