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Saturday, October 11, 2014
Abercrombie Appoints Two Oahu Circuit Court Judges
By News Release @ 3:50 PM :: 4553 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 :: 2942 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 :: 2965 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 :: 4027 Views :: Judiciary, Office of Elections

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

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Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Q&A: Ten Things You Need to Know About Boehner Suing Obama
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:52 PM :: 4206 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 :: 4343 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 :: 3093 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 :: 4352 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 :: 7031 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 :: 4886 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 03, 2014
Act 201 Reforms Hawaii Juvenile Justice System
By News Release @ 4:51 PM :: 4715 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 :: 4043 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 09, 2014
9th Circuit Demands Briefing on Bridge Aina Lea Suit
By Robert Thomas @ 5:30 AM :: 5984 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 02, 2014
Baron and Budd negotiate $3.7 million settlement for State of Hawaii
By News Release @ 1:42 PM :: 3678 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 :: 4486 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 :: 4465 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 :: 5698 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 :: 2842 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 :: 2803 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 :: 2566 Views :: Judiciary

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

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Wednesday, April 09, 2014
JSC Seeks Nominations for Two Judicial Vacancies
By News Release @ 3:50 PM :: 2593 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 :: 3780 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 :: 3965 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 :: 3119 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 06, 2014
Zoning Board: Abercrombie's Supreme Court Pick Operating Illegal Enterprise for Over a Decade
By Andrew Walden @ 4:08 PM :: 5880 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 01, 2014
Aloha, Justice Acoba
By Robert Thomas @ 8:41 PM :: 3816 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 :: 4132 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 :: 2958 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 :: 4558 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 :: 3527 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 :: 3375 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 :: 4026 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 09, 2014
Defending Liberty: Grassroot Institute Interviews Ilya Shapiro
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:51 PM :: 3351 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 :: 4188 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 :: 3590 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 :: 4676 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 :: 3195 Views :: Judiciary

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

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Thursday, January 09, 2014
Go Back To Law School: UH "J-Term" Classes Open To The Public
By Robert Thomas @ 12:31 PM :: 2862 Views :: Judiciary

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

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Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Hawaii Supreme Court: Indigent Parents Have the Right to Court-Appointed Counsel During Child Welfare Proceedings
By News Release @ 6:47 PM :: 3940 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 :: 5940 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 :: 4119 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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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Deemed Denied? Hawaii Supreme Court Clarifies Appeal Rules
By Robert Thomas @ 10:37 PM :: 3347 Views :: Judiciary

Under the majority's interpretation, a "deemed denial" is not ripe for appeal until the court affirmatively issues an order disposing of the post-judgment motion....

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Abercrombie Appoints Patricia Kim Park to JSC
By News Release @ 7:55 PM :: 3194 Views :: Judiciary

In the mid-1970s, she and her husband, Arthur, joined former Lt. Gov. Thomas P. Gill to form the firm of Gill Park and Park....

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Sunday, December 15, 2013
Hawaii Supreme Court: Demand A Contested Case, And There's A Good Chance You'll Get One
By Robert Thomas @ 11:33 PM :: 4290 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use

The Hawaii Supreme Court has issued its latest opinion in the apparently eternal metaphysical question of the circuit courts' appellate jurisdiction to review decisions under the Hawaii Administrative Procedures Act....

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Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Hawaii earns ‘D’ for judicial financial disclosure
By News Release @ 5:13 PM :: 3137 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

Despite receiving a “D”, Hawaii’s financial disclosure law ranks as sixth best out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.... 

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Locked Up and Shipped Away: Interstate Prisoner Transfer and the Private Prison Industry
By News Release @ 10:12 PM :: 4738 Views :: Judiciary, Justice Reinvestment

...four states - California, Idaho, Vermont, and Hawai'i - collectively ship 10,500  prisoners to for-profit prisons outside their home states.  West Virginia is developing a plan to do the same....

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Judge Sam King: A Memoir
By News Release @ 4:49 PM :: 4696 Views :: Hawaii History, Judiciary, Republican Party

In his half-century on the bench, he presided over some of the most sensational of Hawai‘i’s organized crime trials, and he upheld the 1967 Hawai‘i Land Reform Act that shifted property ownership in Hawai‘i from large trusts to ordinary citizens....

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Saturday, October 26, 2013
Judiciary Committee to Consider Poelman Nomination
By News Release @ 8:11 PM :: 5633 Views :: Maui County, Judiciary

Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald has appointed Lloyd A. Poelman as judge of the District Court of the Second Circuit....

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Monday, October 21, 2013
Judicial Selection Commission Announces Vacancy and Three Petitions for Retention
By News Release @ 10:53 PM :: 2993 Views :: Judiciary

Vacancy: District Family Judge, District Family Court of the Third Circuit 

Retention: Nakamura, DelRosario, Border

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Monday, October 21, 2013
Court Orders Abercrombie Admin to Pay Lawyers who Forced him to Reveal Names of Judicial Nominees
By Robert Thomas @ 10:32 PM :: 3920 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government, Judiciary
Remember the case from late last year in which the Honolulu Star-Advertiser brought a freedom of information/open records lawsuit against the Hawaii governor to force him to disclose the names of judicial nominees? 
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