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Senate Special Session to Confirm Judicial Nominees
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News Release from Hawai'i State Senate, September 6, 2019

HONOLULU, Hawai‘i – The Hawai‘i State Senate will convene in Special Session on September 16 and 17, 2019 to consider seven judicial appointments.

On August 28, 2019, the Senate received notice of Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald’s appointment:
Jeffrey A. Hawk as Judge of the District Court of the Third Circuit

In a separate correspondence the Senate also received notice of Governor David Y. Ige’s six appointments:

  • Clyde J. Wadsworth as Associate Judge of the Intermediate Court of Appeals
  • Kevin A. K. Souza as Judge of the Circuit Court of the First Circuit 
  • Lisa W. Cataldo as Judge of the Circuit Court of the First Circuit
  • Ronald G. Johnson as Judge of the Circuit Court of the First Circuit
  • John M. Tonaki as Judge of the Circuit Court of the First Circuit
  • Trish K. Morikawa as Judge of the Circuit Court of the First Circuit

Pursuant to Article VI, Section 3 of the Hawai‘i Constitution, the Senate shall hold public hearings and vote on each appointment within thirty days of any appointment.

The Senate Committee on Judiciary will hold a hearing on the appointments at the State Capitol on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. and plans to hold a decision making meeting on Monday, September 16, 2019 at 10:30 A.M.  

The Senate will meet in Special Session on Monday and Tuesday, September 16 and 17, 2019 at 10:00 A.M.

All public documents and hearing notices will be posted on the Capitol website: 

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Background: Ige Announces Six Judicial Appointments


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