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Public Comment Period Opens for 1st & 3rd Circuit Judicial Nominees
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Chief Justice Seeks Public Comment on Judicial Nominees

News Release from Hawaii Judiciary September 23, 2015

HONOLULU – Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald announced today that he is seeking public comment on judicial nominees for the current vacancy in the District Court of the First Circuit (Oahu) as a result of the retirement of the Honorable Faye M. Koyanagi. The names submitted for this vacancy by the Judicial Selection Commission, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Brian A. Costa
  • Thomas A.K. Haia
  • Timothy E. Ho
  • Chastity T. Imamura
  • Regan M. Iwao
  • James S. Kawashima
  • Linda S. Martell
  • James C. McWhinnie
  • John Alberto Montalbano
  • Scott M. Spallina

Because the Chief Justice has the discretion to assign judges to the district or district family court calendar, comments about the qualifications and character of any of the nominees with regard to either calendar assignment may be sent, in writing, to:

Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald

Supreme Court of Hawaii

417 South King Street

Honolulu, HI 96813

Fax: 808-539-4703

Email: chiefjustice@courts.hawaii.gov

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

The individual selected by the Chief Justice is subject to Senate confirmation.

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JUDICIAL SELECTION COMMISSION PRESS RELEASE DISTRICT COURT OF THE FIRST CIRCUIT NOMINEES

News Release from Hawaii Judiciary September 23, 2015

Under the Constitution of the State of Hawaiʻi, Article VI, Appointment of Justices and Judges, Section 3: “The chief justice, with the consent of the Senate, shall fill a vacancy in the district courts by appointing a person from a list of not less than six nominees for the vacancy presented by the judicial selection commission.” The Judicial Selection Commission is pleased to announce a list of nominees for the judicial office of District Judge, District Court of the First Circuit (island of Oʻahu), State of Hawaiʻi.

The judicial office has been vacant since the retirement of former District Judge Faye M. Koyanagi. The list of nominees selected by the Commission to fill the vacancy is as follows, in alphabetical order:

  • Brian A. Costa
  • Thomas A.K. Haia
  • Timothy E. Ho
  • Chastity T. Imamura
  • Regan M. Iwao
  • James S. Kawashima
  • Linda S. Martell
  • James C. McWhinnie
  • John Alberto Montalbano
  • Scott M. Spallina

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

Statistics:

  • Total Applicants: 46,
  • 9 Females; 37 Males
  • Government Attorneys: 18 Private Attorneys: 25 Per Diem Judges: 11
  • Age Range: (31-40) 5; (41-50) 11; (51-60) 21; (61-70) 9
  • Years Licensed Range: 9 years to 36 years.

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JUDICIAL SELECTION COMMISSION PRESS RELEASE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FIRST CIRCUIT NOMINEES

News Release from Hawaii Judiciary September 24, 2015

Under the Constitution of the State of Hawaiʻi, Article VI, Appointment of Justices and Judges, Section 3: “The governor, with the consent of the senate, shall fill a vacancy in office of the chief justice, supreme court, intermediate appellate court and circuit courts, by appointing a person from a list of not less than four, and not more than six, nominees for the vacancy presented to the governor by the judicial selection commission.” The Judicial Selection Commission is pleased to announce the nominees for the judicial vacancy in the Circuit Court of the First Circuit (island of Oʻahu), State of Hawaiʻi.

The judicial office has been vacant since the retirement of former Circuit Judge Randal K. O. Lee. The nominees for the judicial office in the Circuit Court of the First Circuit are listed as follows in alphabetical order:

  • LindaLee K. Farm
  • Timothy E. Ho
  • Shirley M. Kawamura [Shimizu]
  • James S. Kawashima
  • James C. McWhinnie
  • Jonathan L. Ortiz

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

Statistics:

  • Total Applicants: 22;
  • 5 Females; 17 Males
  • Government Attorneys: 8 Private Attorneys: 13 Judges: 1 Per Diem Judges: 1
  • Age Range: (31-40) 2; (41-50) 6; (51-60) 10; (61-70) 4
  • Years Licensed Range: 11 years to 37 years.

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JUDICIAL SELECTION COMMISSION PRESS RELEASE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE THIRD CIRCUIT NOMINEES

News Release from Hawaii Judiciary September 24, 2015 

Under the Constitution of the State of Hawaiʻi, Article VI, Appointment of Justices and Judges, Section 3: “The governor, with the consent of the senate, shall fill a vacancy in office of the chief justice, supreme court, intermediate appellate court and circuit courts, by appointing a person from a list of not less than four, and not more than six, nominees for the vacancy presented to the governor by the judicial selection commission.” The Judicial Selection Commission is pleased to announce the nominees for the judicial vacancy in the Circuit Court of the Third Circuit (island of Hawaiʻi), State of Hawaiʻi.

The judicial office has been vacant since the retirement of former Circuit Judge Elizabeth A. Strance. The nominees for the judicial office in the Circuit Court of the Third Circuit are listed as follows in alphabetical order:

  • Gregory A. Ferren
  • Melvin H. Fujino
  • Robert D. S. Kim
  • Laureen L. Martin

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

Statistics:

  • Total Applicants: 10;
  • 4 Females; 6 Males
  • Government Attorneys: 4 Private Attorneys: 5 Judges: 1 Per Diem Judges: 2
  • Age Range: (31-40) 0; (41-50) 3; (51-60) 7; (61-70) 0
  • Years Licensed Range: 16 years to 29 years.

To be placed on the Judicial Selection Commission’s mailing list, provide your name and business and send request to JudSelect.Comm@courts.hawaii.gov.   

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