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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
VIDEO: Biological Parents of Ariel Sellers Speak
By Video @ 4:25 PM :: 201 Views :: Family, Judiciary

... February 21, 2024 Kapolei Courthouse Rally with Sen Kurt Fevella demands release of CWS records regrding foster care torture and murder of Ariel Sellers ....

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Saturday, February 10, 2024
AGAIN: Family Court Gave Another Girl to Another Convicted Felon, She was also starved and tortured to death
By Andrew Walden @ 4:56 AM :: 3396 Views :: Family, Judiciary

... duct tape around her arms and torso binding them to her sides and her hands are behind her.  Geanna's eyes have a black covering duct taped to her head. The duct tape is wrapped around her eyes and forehead area as well as over the top of her head ....

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024
Family Court Secrets: Two Years After Ariel Sellers Murder, Kaluas Still Retain Parental Rights
By Selected News Articles @ 1:45 PM :: 1620 Views :: Family, Judiciary

... One of the surviving siblings was forced to spend more than a year in detained custody due the running objections of the imprisoned Kaluas asserting their parental rights through counsel .... 

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024
Murder of Ariel Sellers: Motion to Unseal Kalua Family Court Records
By News Release @ 3:15 AM :: 1360 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Judiciary

... Isabella is now declared dead, and the Kaluas are charged with her murder.  Under these extreme facts, the secrecy generally afforded to these types of cases should yield to openness ....

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Saturday, January 13, 2024
Lisa Ginoza and Vladimir Devens Sworn In as Hawaiʻi Supreme Court Associate Justices 
By News Release @ 4:42 PM :: 931 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

... Suuurrrprise! New Supreme Court Justice Devens Concealed his role as Carpenters Union Operative ....

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Sunday, December 3, 2023
Notice of Anticipated Judicial Vacancy – Chief Judge, Intermediate Court of Appeals
By News Release @ 3:03 AM :: 875 Views :: Judiciary

... Chief Judge, Intermediate Court of Appeals, State of Hawaiʻi ....

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Thursday, November 30, 2023
Senate Confirms Micah Smith and Shanlyn Park Hawaii Federal Judge
By News Release @ 3:30 AM :: 1073 Views :: Judiciary

... Smith has served since 2018 as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Criminal Division in the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Hawaii -- Park is a current state court judge and former federal public defender ....

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Tuesday, November 28, 2023
Special Master: Presiding Judge Had ‘100s of Pages of Disqualifying Information’ in Kalua Case
By Selected News Articles @ 12:31 PM :: 1669 Views :: Family, Judiciary, Law Enforcement

... evidence included the criminal records of the parents for assault and drug use, filed bankruptcy documents, and the absence of a record of children of their own ....

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Friday, November 24, 2023
JSC seeks Nominees for Several Judicial Vacancies
By News Release @ 11:00 AM :: 1200 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Judiciary

... vacant judgeships on Oahu and Big island ....

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Wednesday, November 22, 2023
Confirmed: Union Lawyer Appointed to Supreme Court
By Andrew Walden @ 2:44 PM :: 1318 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary, Labor

... Devens’ legal experiences go beyond corporate practice, having represented several labor unions, including the State of Hawaiʻi Organization of Police Officers, the Hawaiʻi State Teachers Association, and more ....

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Saturday, November 4, 2023
Hawaii Supreme Court Justice Handling Lawsuit Against Oil Companies Calls Climate Change An ‘Existential Threat’
By Video @ 6:24 PM :: 2060 Views :: Energy, Environment, Ethics, Judiciary

... The Hawaii Supreme Court ruled this week that Honolulu’s lawsuit against oil and gas companies can proceed to trial ....

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Saturday, November 4, 2023
Oahu Judicial Vacancy -- First Circuit Court
By News Release @ 12:00 AM :: 1356 Views :: Honolulu County, Judiciary

... The Judicial Selection Commission is accepting applications and nominations ....

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Sunday, October 29, 2023
Upsetting the Apple Cart in 24-Year-Old Litigation
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1139 Views :: DHHL, Judiciary

... One of the longest running court cases in modern history is Kalima v. State ....

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Friday, October 27, 2023
Senate Judiciary Advances Biden's Hawaii Judicial Nominees
By Court House News @ 2:40 PM :: 1484 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Judiciary

... The committee advanced Shanlyn Park and Micah Smith, both appointed to the District of Hawaii ....

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023
As Predicted: Andy Winer's Law Partner Nominated for Supreme Court
By News Release @ 2:56 AM :: 2108 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary, Police

... raised in the boiler room of Hawaii local politics ....

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Saturday, October 21, 2023
Inverse Condemnation and Paying for Disasters
By Robert Thomas @ 10:36 PM :: 1654 Views :: Maui County, Development, Judiciary, Land Use

... Hawaii Bar Association discusses Lahaina fires .... 

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Saturday, October 14, 2023
Three Vacancies on First Circuit Court
By News Release @ 8:43 PM :: 1556 Views :: Honolulu County, Judiciary

... The Judicial Selection Commission is accepting applications and nominations .... 

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Thursday, September 28, 2023
Will HECO be Saved? JSC Unveils Choices for Two Supreme Court Seats
By News Release @ 6:43 AM :: 1746 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Judiciary

... HECO Suits: Two Vacant Hawaii Supreme Court Seats Loom Large ....

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Wednesday, September 6, 2023
Soft on Crime: Hirono, Schatz Nominate Public Defender for Federal Bench
By News Release @ 10:15 PM :: 1654 Views :: Judiciary

... nearly two decades as a public defender—Judge Shanlyn A.S. Park ....

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Wednesday, August 30, 2023
Biden Nominates Federal Judges for Hawaii, CNMI
By News Release @ 5:36 PM :: 1566 Views :: Judiciary

... Micah W. J. Smith has served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Hawaii since 2018 ....

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Tuesday, August 22, 2023
Senate Special Session Confirms Four Judicial Appointments
By News Release @ 10:09 PM :: 2794 Views :: Judiciary

... The special session addressed only the four pending judicial appointments ....

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Monday, August 21, 2023
Honolulu District Courthouse to Partially Reopen After 'Structural Damage'
By News Release @ 10:00 PM :: 3932 Views :: Judiciary

...Cases scheduled in courtrooms 7A, 7B, 10A, 10C, and 10D at Honolulu District Court will be rescheduled. Small claims cases in courtroom 10B-PM will also be rescheduled....   

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Thursday, August 3, 2023
Chief Justice Appoints Three Oahu District Court Judges
By News Release @ 10:21 PM :: 2665 Views :: Honolulu County, Judiciary

... Recktenwald today appointed three individuals to fill judicial positions in the District Court of the First Circuit ....

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Thursday, July 13, 2023
Hawaii Finally Outlaws Nepotism--except Legislative and Judicial
By News Release @ 4:24 AM :: 1875 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Judiciary

... It applies to almost all state employees (except those working for the legislative or judicial branches) ....

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Saturday, July 8, 2023
Notice of Judicial Vacancy – Circuit Judge, Circuit Court of the First Circuit
By News Release @ 3:02 AM :: 1222 Views :: Judiciary

... The Judicial Selection Commission is accepting applications and nominations to fill the following judicial vacancy ....

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Friday, July 7, 2023
Lawsuit Coming: Murder of Ariel Sellers Reaches Probate Court
By Andrew Walden @ 10:56 PM :: 2802 Views :: Family, Judiciary

... Public only because it is evidence in Probate Court, the Order is signed by Family Court Judge Jessi L. K. Hall, now seeking reappointment for another 10 years ....

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Friday, July 7, 2023
Green Seeks Comment on Oahu Judicial Nominees
By News Release @ 4:43 AM :: 1278 Views :: Honolulu County, Judiciary

... Green will nominate a successor to Circuit Judge Christine E. Kuriyama, who retired in June 2023 ....

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Thursday, July 6, 2023
Chief Justice Seeks Public Comment on Oahu Judicial Nominees
By News Release @ 1:26 PM :: 1351 Views :: Judiciary

... Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald announced today that he is seeking public comment on judicial nominees for three vacancies in the District Court of the First Circuit (island of Oʻahu) ....

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Friday, June 23, 2023
Climate Litigation Wave Crashes Into Hawaii’s Supreme Court
By Selected News Articles @ 3:25 PM :: 2944 Views :: Energy, Environment, Ethics, Judiciary

... Such lawsuits abound, with as many as 300 cases underway. Honolulu’s, though, has a twist ....

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Saturday, June 10, 2023
Oahu Family Court Judge Jessi L. K. Hall seeks another term as Judge
By News Release @ 1:50 AM :: 1750 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

... Judicial Selection Commission to determine whether Judge Hall should be retained in office for an additional term of six years ....

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Friday, June 2, 2023
Notice of Anticipated Judicial Vacancy – Circuit Judge, Circuit Court of the First Circuit (island of O’ahu)
By News Release @ 9:50 PM :: 1437 Views :: Judiciary

... The Judicial Selection Commission is accepting applications and nominations ....

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Thursday, May 18, 2023
Rectenwald Worked With Environmental Group Tied To Oil Plaintiffs’ Lawyers
By Selected News Articles @ 2:32 PM :: 3009 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Judiciary

... on May 9, Recktenwald disclosed that he engages in “educational presentations relating to environmental, energy, and natural resource issues” and has worked with the Environmental Law Institute ....

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Thursday, May 4, 2023
Senate Confirms Guidry for Intermediate Court of Appeals
By News Release @ 8:36 PM :: 5075 Views :: Judiciary

... Solicitor General Kimberly Tsumoto Guidry served as deputy attorney general for over 20 years  ....

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Saturday, April 15, 2023
​Applicants Sought to Fill Vacancies on the Disciplinary Board of the Hawaii Supreme Court
By News Release @ 12:59 AM :: 2240 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

... The Disciplinary Board oversees the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, which investigates allegations of attorney misconduct ....

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Friday, April 14, 2023
Senate Confirms Green's First Judicial Appointment
By News Release @ 11:00 PM :: 3673 Views :: Maui County, Judiciary

... Michelle L. Drewyer to serve as Circuit Court Judge for the Second Circuit, to fill the vacancy created by now-Maui County Mayor Richard Bissen Jr. ....

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Friday, March 24, 2023
Another Bank of America Lawsuit Crashes and Burns
By Court House News @ 5:39 AM :: 2080 Views :: DHHL, Judiciary

“...egregiously long, unnecessarily complex, and confusing....”

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Thursday, March 23, 2023
Green Signs First Bills into Law
By News Release @ 2:48 AM :: 1951 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Judiciary, Law Enforcement, Life

... SB36 amends state law to allow county prosecutors to initiate felony cases by complaints following preliminary hearings and prohibits multiple attempts to initiate a felony prosecution for an offense, except in certain circumstances ....

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Thursday, March 16, 2023
Hawaii Supreme Court Finds Excuse to Reverse Sex-Trafficking Conviction
By Court House News @ 7:07 PM :: 1851 Views :: Judiciary

"CW testified that she gave all of the money that she made from prostitution activities directly to Ferreira"

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Saturday, March 4, 2023
Foreclosure Suit: 'Way too long, way too confusing'
By Court House News @ 3:42 AM :: 2540 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

... plaintiffs' Honolulu-based attorney is Frederick Arensmeyer, formerly of the Dubin Law Office ....

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Sunday, February 26, 2023
HB1291: Will Abused Foster Children Ever be Represented?
By Andrew Walden @ 9:19 PM :: 2368 Views :: Ethics, Family, Judiciary

... Outside counsel may be a child’s only hope to break out of a system run for the benefit of adults’ need to cover up their own wrongdoing ....

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Friday, February 17, 2023
Kauai District Judge Applicants Sought
By News Release @ 8:56 PM :: 1779 Views :: Kauai County, Judiciary

... Applications for consideration should be submitted by April 21, 2023 ....

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Friday, February 17, 2023
Green Seeks Comment on Maui Judicial Nominees
By News Release @ 7:46 PM :: 1625 Views :: Maui County, Judiciary

... Governor Green must make his appointment by Saturday, March 18, 2023 ....

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Sunday, February 12, 2023
Request for Public Comments – Applicants for Hawaii Supreme Court
By News Release @ 7:46 PM :: 1601 Views :: Judiciary

... Please submit written comments postmarked or faxed no later than March 13, 2023 ....

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Thursday, February 2, 2023
SB36: Senate Passes Bill Restoring Procedure for Initiating Felony Cases
By News Release @ 9:02 PM :: 1355 Views :: Judiciary, Law Enforcement

... To address the issues raised in the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court opinion in State v. Obrero, the Hawai‘i State Senate passed Senate Bill (S.B.) 36 on third reading today ....

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Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Notice of Anticipated Judicial Vacancy – District Judge, District Court of the First Circuit (island of O’ahu)
By News Release @ 6:25 PM :: 1390 Views :: Honolulu County, Judiciary

... nomination deadline of Monday, March 13, 2023 ....

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Wednesday, February 1, 2023
​Fifth Circuit Launches Small Claims Online Dispute Resolution Pilot
By News Release @ 5:58 PM :: 1613 Views :: Kauai County, Judiciary, Small Business

... Beginning today, parties to certain small claims cases will be required to use TurboCourt, an online application, to file, negotiate, and attempt to resolve their small claims cases ....

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Thursday, January 26, 2023
Full Text: 2023 State of the Judiciary Address
By News Release @ 2:46 AM :: 1602 Views :: Homelessness, Judiciary, Drugs

"We implement programs to address the root causes of recidivism . . . such as drug use and mental illness . . . and to respond to other urgent community needs. We embrace this expanded role.”

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Thursday, January 12, 2023
Sovereignty Lawyer Dexter Kaiama Law License Suspended by Supreme Court
By News Release @ 3:31 AM :: 2593 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

... He is also required to promptly notify all of his clients, and any attorneys for any adverse party in any pending litigation, of his suspension and consequent inability to act as an attorney ....

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Saturday, January 7, 2023
Notice of Judicial Vacancy – District Judge, District Court of the First Circuit (island of O’ahu)
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 1543 Views :: Honolulu County, Judiciary

... The Chief Justice has the discretion to assign a district judge/district family judge to either the District Court or Family Court ....

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Wednesday, January 4, 2023
Second Circuit Seeking Applicants for Independent Grand Jury Counsel
By News Release @ 5:47 PM :: 1505 Views :: Maui County, Judiciary

... whenever a grand jury is impaneled an independent counsel shall be appointed, as provided by law, to advise the members of the grand jury regarding matters brought before it ....

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