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Thursday, January 8, 2015
Hawaii Supreme Court to Review Haleakala Telescope Case
By Robert Thomas @ 9:35 PM :: 6716 Views :: Environment, Higher Education, Judiciary, Land Use

The case thus represents a target-rich environment for the petitioners and the court....

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Monday, January 5, 2015
The "Big Eyes" Have It: Hawaii Courts Again In The Hollywood Spotlight
By Robert Thomas @ 2:07 PM :: 5277 Views :: Hawaii History, Judiciary

Anyone who was around in the 1960s and 1970s remembers those paintings and prints of sad children with oversize eyes. They were ubiquitous....

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Friday, December 19, 2014
Hawaii Supreme Court: Agencies Have No Duty To Keep Their Records Accurately
By Robert Thomas @ 4:00 AM :: 5860 Views :: Hawaii County , Judiciary, Land Use

Last month, the Hawaii Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion which declined to impose a duty of reasonable care on the Hawaii County Planning Department....

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Hawaii Supreme Court In Aina Lea: The Rationales Behind The Opinion
By Robert Thomas @ 4:23 AM :: 4669 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use

...the LUC violated petitioners’ constitutional rights....

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Sunday, November 23, 2014
Hawaii Landmark Land Use Litigation for 2014
By Selected News Articles @ 3:36 PM :: 4686 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use

...new and important cases were decided by the Hawaii courts this year....

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Judicial Selection: Constitutional Amendment Icing on the Transparency Cake
By Robert Thomas @ 4:42 AM :: 3721 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

...the voters agreed that there's no good reason to keep the JSC lists secret, the same result as the lawsuit....

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Thursday, November 13, 2014
Hawaii Ranks Third in Nationwide Access to Justice Study
By News Release @ 8:03 PM :: 4236 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Judiciary

...four categories: attorney access for low-income litigants; support for self-represented litigants; support for litigants with limited language proficiency; and support for people with disabilities....

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Big Island Launches Veterans Treatment Court
By News Release @ 2:41 AM :: 4677 Views :: Judiciary, Military

On November 10, the Third Circuit (Hawaii county) launched its Veterans Treatment Court with an opening ceremony held in the courtroom of Chief Judge Ronald Ibarra....

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Saturday, November 1, 2014
Lawsuit Seeks Removal of Schatz from Office
By News Release @ 1:38 AM :: 8226 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Judiciary, Office of Elections, Politicians

...the election being conducted by Defendant Nago and the State of Hawaii Office of Elections is unconstitutional under the Seventeenth Amendment....

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Saturday, October 11, 2014
Abercrombie Appoints Two Oahu Circuit Court Judges
By News Release @ 3:50 PM :: 5320 Views :: Judiciary

Abercrombie today announced the appointments of Jeffrey P. Crabtree and Christine E. Kuriyama to the Circuit Court of the First Circuit....

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Happy Constitution(s) Day
By Robert Thomas @ 2:45 PM :: 3553 Views :: Judiciary
"Who Trumps Whom: Exploring Federalism in Hawaii."
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Friday, September 12, 2014
JSC Lists Nominees for First, Third Circuit Courts
By News Release @ 7:45 PM :: 3575 Views :: Judiciary

The Governor has 30 days from his receipt of the list today to make his appointment....

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Thursday, August 28, 2014
Supreme Court Dismisses All Three Puna Election Challenges
By Robert Thomas @ 10:10 PM :: 4985 Views :: Judiciary, Office of Elections

Today must be election contest day at the Hawaii Supreme Court....

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Q&A: Ten Things You Need to Know About Boehner Suing Obama
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:52 PM :: 5010 Views :: National News, Health Care, Judiciary

...Last week, the House of Representatives voted to authorize Speaker John Boehner to file a lawsuit challenging President Obama’s failure to fully implement Obamacare....

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Thursday, July 31, 2014
Supreme Court Orders Abercrombie to Pay Up
By Robert Thomas @ 9:02 PM :: 5132 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

Today, the Hawaii Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in Oahu Publications, Inc. v. Abercrombie....

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
A Hint Of Judicial Takings From Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals
By Robert Thomas @ 2:21 PM :: 3996 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use

The case involved three buildings near the shoreline on the Big Island....

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Sunday, July 20, 2014
Hawaii Convenes First Marine Resources Enforcement Conference
By News Release @ 2:42 AM :: 5303 Views :: Environment, Judiciary, Law Enforcement

Officers, Prosecutors, Lawmakers and Conservationists Meet at UH Law School....

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Upcoming CLE: Hawaii's Shoreline and Coastal Law and Regulation
By Robert Thomas @ 8:03 PM :: 7914 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use

This program will cover recent Hawaii case law, including the recent Hawaii Supreme Court decision regarding identifying the certified shoreline....

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Where the U.S. wiretap hotspots are? Not Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 4:55 AM :: 5862 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Judiciary, Law Enforcement

Only five states—Hawaii, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Vermont— had no wiretap requests during 2013....

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Thursday, July 3, 2014
Act 201 Reforms Hawaii Juvenile Justice System
By News Release @ 4:51 PM :: 5606 Views :: Judiciary, Law Enforcement

...In 2013, the state spent $199,000 a year for each bed at the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility (HYCF), yet 75 percent of youth released from HYCF were re-adjudicated or convicted as an adult within three years....

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Monday, June 16, 2014
Writ to Watch: Oahu Publications, Inc. v. Neil Abercrombie
By Robert Thomas @ 7:31 PM :: 4812 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Judiciary

On June 13, 2014, the HAWSCT accepted cert in Oahu Publications, Inc., dba The Honolulu Advertiser v. Neil Abercrombie....

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Monday, June 9, 2014
9th Circuit Demands Briefing on Bridge Aina Lea Suit
By Robert Thomas @ 5:30 AM :: 7233 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Judiciary, Land Use

...several members of the State of Hawaii Land Use Commission were sued by the property owner in their individual as well as official capacities....

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Monday, June 2, 2014
Baron and Budd negotiate $3.7 million settlement for State of Hawaii
By News Release @ 1:42 PM :: 4457 Views :: Judiciary, Cost of Living

...Baron and Budd negotiated a $3.7 million settlement on behalf of the State of Hawaii and a $1.6 million settlement on behalf of the State of Mississippi....

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Saturday, May 31, 2014
Child Support Enforcement Abuse: Hawaii Parents Org. Scores Victories in Legislature
By Selected News Articles @ 5:56 PM :: 5359 Views :: Family, Judiciary

This year National Parents Organization of Hawaii introduced several bills related to addressing abuses of the Child Support Enforcement Agency....

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Sunday, May 25, 2014
Hawaii's "Environmental Court" - A Bad Idea Whose Time (Apparently) Is Nigh
By Robert Thomas @ 8:13 PM :: 5276 Views :: Environment, Judiciary

...the only thing standing between the bill and the rest of us is Governor Abercrombie's veto pen....

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Intermediate Court of Appeals: No Landlocked Real Estate in Hawaii
By Robert Thomas @ 2:36 PM :: 7188 Views :: Hawaii History, Judiciary, Land Use

In Malulani Group, Ltd. v. Kaupo Ranch, Ltd., No. 30509 (May 5, 2014), the issue was whether the owner of a landlocked parcel could assert an easement....

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Friday, April 25, 2014
Volunteers Wanted to Investigate, Discipline Lawyers
By News Release @ 1:09 AM :: 3515 Views :: Judiciary

The terms will begin on July 1, 2014 and last for three years....

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Sunday, April 20, 2014
Hawaii-Focused Legal Blogs
By Robert Thomas @ 1:05 AM :: 3345 Views :: Judiciary

...several of our law firm colleagues also are active bloggers in their respective fields...

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Nakamoto Appointed Big Island Judge
By News Release @ 10:13 PM :: 3129 Views :: Judiciary

If confirmed by the State Senate, Nakamoto will serve in office for six years.... 

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014
JSC Seeks Nominations for Two Judicial Vacancies
By News Release @ 3:50 PM :: 3127 Views :: Judiciary
Circuit Judges, Circuit Court of the First Circuit (Oʻahu)....
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Monday, March 24, 2014
Hawaii Supreme Court: Must Counties Maintain Accurate Public Records?
By Robert Thomas @ 3:10 AM :: 4654 Views :: Hawaii County , Judiciary

Your first reaction may be "well, duh." But....

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Thursday, March 13, 2014
U.S. District Court's Honolulu Rail Compliance Order – A Slam Dunk
By Robert Thomas @ 4:33 PM :: 4719 Views :: Judiciary, Rail

...Judge A. Wallace Teshima’s truly final order in the case: the Order on Objection to Notice of Compliance, which coincidentally (or perhaps not) was issued on the same day (February 18, 2014) as the Ninth Circuit opinion....

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Thursday, March 13, 2014
Full Text: Hawaii Bar Association New Testimony on Wilson Nomination
By News Release @ 1:54 AM :: 3702 Views :: Judiciary

...work ethic concerns, lack of professionalism in the workplace, questions concerning the propriety of conduct toward women in professional contexts, and the ability to serve at the level of a Supreme Court Justice....

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Thursday, March 6, 2014
Zoning Board: Abercrombie's Supreme Court Pick Operating Illegal Enterprise for Over a Decade
By Andrew Walden @ 4:08 PM :: 6638 Views :: Judiciary
Did Wilson see fit to advise the Judicial Selection Commission or the Abercrombie Administration of his long-running and on-going illegality? 
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Saturday, March 1, 2014
Aloha, Justice Acoba
By Robert Thomas @ 8:41 PM :: 4827 Views :: Judiciary

Yesterday, according to the coconut wireless, was the official last day on the Hawaii Supreme Court for Associate Justice Simeon Acoba....

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Friday, February 21, 2014
Does Hawaii Need An "Environmental Court?"
By Robert Thomas @ 6:01 PM :: 4833 Views :: Environment, Judiciary

Looks like they're at it again, a solution in search of a problem....

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Thursday, February 20, 2014
Hawaii Supreme Court: How Do You Solve A Problem Like ... Appellate Mootness? More Process!
By Robert Thomas @ 9:58 PM :: 3516 Views :: Judiciary

The Hawaii Supreme Court has been on a roll lately....

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Thursday, February 20, 2014
Supreme Court Nominee Wilson's Written Opinions
By Robert Thomas @ 5:42 PM :: 5243 Views :: Judiciary

On Tuesday, February 18, 2014, Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie named Judge Michael D. Wilson as his nomination for associate justice to the Supreme Court....

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Abercrombie Names former BLNR Chair Wilson to Supreme Court
By News Release @ 6:36 PM :: 4127 Views :: Judiciary

Judge Wilson, 60, ... was a chairperson of the Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources and Commission, commissioner for the Kahoolawe Island Reserve Commission and executive director for the state Division of Consumer Advocacy.....

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Saturday, February 15, 2014
Supreme Court: Lower Courts too Dismissive of Pro-Se Litigants
By Robert Thomas @ 12:52 AM :: 3960 Views :: Judiciary

You file a crap brief with an appellate court. Shame on you....

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Hawaii In The Eminent Domain Spotlight
By Robert Thomas @ 12:23 PM :: 4857 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use
...Forbes editorial about an eminent domain and free speech battle between a North Shore property owner and the City and County of Honolulu....
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Sunday, February 9, 2014
Defending Liberty: Grassroot Institute Interviews Ilya Shapiro
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:51 PM :: 4159 Views :: First Amendment, Judiciary

Shapiro has closely examined the relationship between law and freedom....

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Friday, January 31, 2014
Veterans Treatment Court Celebrates its One-Year Anniversary
By News Release @ 4:01 PM :: 5111 Views :: Judiciary, Military

The specialized court began last year with three defendants and has now grown to ten defendants....

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Monday, January 27, 2014
JSC Nominates Six for Hawaii Supreme Court
By News Release @ 11:16 PM :: 4292 Views :: Judiciary

...for the impending vacancy in the judicial office of the Associate Justice, Supreme Court, State of Hawaiʻi upon the mandatory retirement of Associate Justice Simeon R. Acoba, Jr. in March 2014.... 

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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Hawaii Supreme Court Eases Path to Challenge Subdivision Approvals
By Robert Thomas @ 4:35 PM :: 5718 Views :: Development, Judiciary, Land Use

HAWSCT: Triggers To Administrative Appeals Must Be Clear And Noticed....

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Monday, January 13, 2014
Hawaii Supreme Court Clarifies "Final, Appealable Order" And Forgay Doctrine
By Robert Thomas @ 10:07 AM :: 3884 Views :: Judiciary

If there's one thing that keeps appellate lawyers up at night, it's jurisdictional questions....

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Thursday, January 9, 2014
Go Back To Law School: UH "J-Term" Classes Open To The Public
By Robert Thomas @ 12:31 PM :: 3415 Views :: Judiciary

some of the lectures are open to the public....

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Hawaii Supreme Court: Indigent Parents Have the Right to Court-Appointed Counsel During Child Welfare Proceedings
By News Release @ 6:47 PM :: 4739 Views :: Family, Judiciary

Prior to this decision, the State could remove children from their parents’ home, and parents who could not afford an attorney were often left to their own devices....

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Monday, December 23, 2013
Supreme Court Invalidates LUC Koa Ridge Reclassification
By Robert Thomas @ 11:55 PM :: 7119 Views :: Development, Judiciary, Land Use

The court concluded that the commissioner did not qualify as a valid holdover ....

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Friday, December 20, 2013
Blake v Kauai: Recktenwald Court continues Moon Court's policies
By Robert Thomas @ 2:19 PM :: 4986 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use

This decision also reflects that the Recktenwald Court is continuing the Moon Court's policies of keeping the door to the courthouse doors opened as wide as possible....

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