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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 :: 3504 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 :: 2637 Views :: Judiciary

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

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Tuesday, December 01, 2015
Big Island Veterans Treatment Court Recognizes Its First Graduate
By News Release @ 9:22 PM :: 3373 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 :: 4982 Views :: Judiciary, Law Enforcement, Drugs

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

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Monday, November 09, 2015
New Data Shows Veterans Treatment Court Surge
By News Release @ 5:52 PM :: 3249 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 :: 3519 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 :: 2795 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 :: 4656 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 :: 4011 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 09, 2015
Obama Nominates Clare Connors Hawaii Federal Judge
By News Release @ 2:22 PM :: 3145 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 06, 2015
9 Years of Hawaii Law Blogging
By Robert Thomas @ 9:05 PM :: 4179 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 :: 3982 Views :: Environment, Judiciary

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

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Tuesday, August 04, 2015
Anti-Cane Burning Suit to be First Case Heard by Hawaii Environmental Court
By Andrew Walden @ 8:23 PM :: 5145 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 04, 2015
Jury Questionnaires to be Mailed Out for 2016
By News Release @ 3:07 PM :: 2358 Views :: Judiciary

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

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Thursday, July 09, 2015
Supreme Court Overturns Former Judge’s Ruling on Gambling Case
By News Release @ 4:24 PM :: 4578 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 02, 2015
Hawaii Appeals: When is Final, Final?
By Robert Thomas @ 11:00 PM :: 2966 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 :: 3811 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 :: 5916 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 :: 4103 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 :: 3182 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 :: 3664 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 :: 4691 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 :: 4484 Views :: Judiciary, Small Business
"A Tale of Two Cities: Honolulu and San Francisco"
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Saturday, May 02, 2015
JSC Seeks Applicants for First and Third Circuit Courts
By News Release @ 2:24 AM :: 2565 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 :: 5921 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 :: 2559 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 :: 3300 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 :: 2790 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 :: 3995 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 :: 3853 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 :: 4166 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 :: 5735 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 05, 2015
Applicants Wanted for Ethics and Campaign Spending Commissions
By News Release @ 2:22 AM :: 3286 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 02, 2015
Applicants Wanted for Ethics and Campaign Spending Commissions
By News Release @ 4:57 PM :: 2747 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 02, 2015
HB624: Parental Parity in Child Custody Cases
By Chris Lethem @ 11:14 PM :: 3335 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 :: 3479 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 :: 4168 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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Thursday, January 08, 2015
Hawaii Supreme Court to Review Haleakala Telescope Case
By Robert Thomas @ 9:35 PM :: 5428 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 05, 2015
The "Big Eyes" Have It: Hawaii Courts Again In The Hollywood Spotlight
By Robert Thomas @ 2:07 PM :: 4261 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 :: 4716 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 :: 3713 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 :: 3731 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 :: 3005 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 :: 3399 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 :: 3671 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 01, 2014
Lawsuit Seeks Removal of Schatz from Office
By News Release @ 1:38 AM :: 6724 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 :: 4436 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 :: 2833 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 :: 2877 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 :: 3892 Views :: Judiciary, Office of Elections

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

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