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Friday, January 6, 2017
Clyde Wadsworth Named Hawaii Solicitor General
By News Release @ 8:26 PM :: 3049 Views :: Judiciary

Previously, Wadsworth was of counsel to Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing in Honolulu....

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Friday, January 6, 2017
Applicants Wanted for State Ethics and Campaign Spending Commissions
By News Release @ 7:43 PM :: 3532 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

The Judicial Council is seeking applicants to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Hawai`i State Ethics Commission. The council is also seeking nominees to fill vacancies on the Campaign Spending Commission....

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Thursday, January 5, 2017
Intermediate Court of Appeals: JSC Nominates Ige Campaign Chair and some other people
By News Release @ 8:43 PM :: 4368 Views :: Judiciary

Why should Ige Campaign Chair Keith Hiraoka be bothered with District Court when he can go straight to ICA?....

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Friday, September 16, 2016
Hawaii Supreme Court sponsors civic education events in honor of Constitution Day 2016
By News Release @ 3:05 AM :: 3089 Views :: Judiciary

Groups of students have been visiting the Hawaii State Judiciary’s King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center this week to learn about the U.S. Constitution....

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Saturday, September 3, 2016
Chief Justice Appoints Judges for Kauai, Hawaii Districts
By News Release @ 12:17 PM :: 3222 Views :: Judiciary

Michael K. Soong - Kauai -- Dakota K.M. Frenz - Hawaii

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Friday, September 2, 2016
Applicants Sought for Board of Bar Examiners
By News Release @ 11:17 AM :: 2725 Views :: Judiciary

Interested attorneys should submit a letter of interest along with a resume....

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Sunday, August 14, 2016
Judiciary Hosts Hawaii’s First Veterans Treatment Court Conference
By News Release @ 3:35 PM :: 3962 Views :: Judiciary, Military

...for professionals who work with veterans suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury, and substance use disorders....

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Thursday, August 4, 2016
Chief Justice Seeks Public Comment on Judicial Nominees
By News Release @ 2:41 AM :: 2628 Views :: Judiciary

...for two vacancies – one in the District Court of the Fifth Circuit (island of Kauai) upon the retirement of Judge Trudy K.T. Senda in December, and one in the District Family Court of the Third Circuit (island of Hawaii) as a result of the retirement of Judge Lloyd X. Van De Car....

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Friday, July 15, 2016
Full Text: Attorney General Sues Bounty Hunter Duane Dog Chapman
By News Release @ 8:08 PM :: 4036 Views :: Judiciary, Law Enforcement

Other bail bond companies are also being reviewed....

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Monday, July 11, 2016
AG Seeks Deputy Solicitors General
By Robert Thomas @ 7:43 PM :: 3426 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Judiciary
Come on, live the dream!
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Friday, July 1, 2016
Hawaii Supreme Court Clarifies Appeals Clock
By Robert Thomas @ 4:47 PM :: 4009 Views :: Higher Education, Judiciary

...the Hawaii Supreme Court clarified a point of appellate procedure that has been unnecessarily vague -- and therefore dangerous -- for a while....

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Hawaii Federalist Society: Supreme Court Term in Review
By Robert Thomas @ 12:58 AM :: 2917 Views :: Judiciary

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 11:30am

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Saturday, June 25, 2016
Hawaii Access to Justice Conference 2016
By News Release @ 3:30 AM :: 2839 Views :: Judiciary

...held on June 24, 2016, at the William S. Richardson School of Law....

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Friday, June 24, 2016
Privatization: 20 Years of UPW Garbage in Hawaii’s Courts
By Selected News Articles @ 10:02 PM :: 5596 Views :: Honolulu County, Health Care, Judiciary, Labor

20 years ago, the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled that an agreement between the County of Hawaii and a private contractor for the operation of a county landfill violated civil service laws....

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Judiciary Expands ‘Steps to Avoid Eviction’ Program
By News Release @ 2:03 AM :: 3667 Views :: Homelessness, Judiciary

Tenants and landlords are being pointed to resources designed to prevent disputes from escalating to eviction....

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Thursday, June 2, 2016
New Judges Appointed for Oahu, Big Island
By News Release @ 3:39 PM :: 3246 Views :: Judiciary

James S. Kawashima--District Court of the First Circuit (Island of Oahu) 

M. Kanani Laubach--District Family Court of Third Circuit (Island of Hawaii)

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Saturday, May 21, 2016
Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Big Island Council Candidate’s Eligibility
By Robert Thomas @ 11:42 PM :: 4094 Views :: Judiciary, Office of Elections

If there's one thing that makes lawyers sit bolt upright in a sweat at 3 am, it's the prospect of missing a jurisdictional deadline....

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Saturday, May 21, 2016
Hawaii Supreme Court Rules on Big Cabbage Case
By Robert Thomas @ 11:20 PM :: 6506 Views :: Agriculture, Judiciary, Law Enforcement, Police

...the unanimous Hawaii Supreme Court threw out the conviction of the farmer, tagged by Officer Fuiava of Five-O for transporting a load of cabbage uncovered....

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Monday, May 16, 2016
Hawaii Veterans Treatment Court Celebrates 15 Successful Graduates
By News Release @ 2:22 PM :: 3656 Views :: Judiciary, Military

Fifteen veterans have now successfully completed the First Circuit program since it was initiated by Judge Edward Kubo in 2013....

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Sunday, May 15, 2016
Telescope to Avoid "Death By A Thousand Days?"
By Robert Thomas @ 3:42 PM :: 5859 Views :: Greenmail, Higher Education, Judiciary, OHA

"Why not just send it straight to the justices, if they are going to decide it eventually?”

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Thursday, May 12, 2016
Act 48: Enviro Disputes Go Directly to Supreme Court
By News Release @ 4:46 PM :: 4869 Views :: Environment, Higher Education, Judiciary, OHA

...contested case hearings before the commissions on Water Resource Management, Land Use, Public Utilities, the Hawai‘i Community Development Authority and cases involving conservation districts, to be directly appealed to the Hawai‘i Supreme Court....

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Hawaii Ranks Third in Nationwide Access to Justice Study
By News Release @ 5:29 PM :: 3273 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Judiciary

The Justice Index 2016 Findings, just released by the National Center for Access to Justice, ranks Hawaii among the top three states....

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Chief Justice Seeks Public Comment on Judicial Nominees
By News Release @ 11:01 PM :: 2822 Views :: Judiciary

... two vacancies – one in the District Court of the First Circuit (Island of Oahu) and one in the District Family Court of the Third Circuit (Island of Hawaii) ....

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Thursday, April 14, 2016
Federal Grant Backs New Honolulu Homeless Court
By News Release @ 1:45 AM :: 3817 Views :: Homelessness, Judiciary

Defendants who agree to plea deals will be offered alternative sentences such as community service or enrollment in court-ordered treatment....

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Chief Justice Appoints Darien W.L. Ching Nagata as Hawaii Island District Court Judge
By News Release @ 6:11 PM :: 2623 Views :: Judiciary

If confirmed by the State Senate, Nagata will serve a term of six years....

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Saturday, April 2, 2016
Dubanoski Appointed to Judicial Selection Commission
By News Release @ 3:47 PM :: 2771 Views :: Judiciary

Chief Justice Recktenwald appointed Dr. Dubanoski to the Commission, replacing Dr. Phyllis C. Horner, for the remainder of her term, effective April 2, 2016 and expiring on April 1, 2019....

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Saturday, March 19, 2016
Hawaii State Judiciary “Connect-A-Vet” resource fair
By News Release @ 8:14 PM :: 3529 Views :: Judiciary, Military

The Veterans Treatment Court of the First Circuit teamed up with community service providers....

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Friday, February 26, 2016
If judges act like politicians, shouldn't they be treated like politicians?
By Robert Thomas @ 4:26 AM :: 3165 Views :: Judiciary
Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski "wisely admonished his fellow judges that 'When we act act like politicians, we will be treated like politicians.'"
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Thursday, February 18, 2016
Applicants Sought for Ethics Commission
By News Release @ 2:38 PM :: 3018 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

Applications due March 18, 2016 ....

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Sunday, February 14, 2016
It’s the Judges, Stupid
By Andrew Walden @ 8:53 PM :: 7349 Views :: Greenmail, Judiciary, OHA

Telescope, HC&S, Superferry:  Going, going, gone.  Are protesters to blame?  Think again.

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Sunday, February 14, 2016
What Scalia Taught Us
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:20 PM :: 3463 Views :: Judiciary

...9 Zingers From the Sharp Mind of Justice Scalia....

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Friday, February 12, 2016
Oahu Girls Court Celebrates Strength Through Adversity
By News Release @ 1:56 PM :: 2672 Views :: Judiciary

The Oahu Girls Court celebrated the 13th class who successfully completed the Girls Court program at a special ceremony held on Thursday, February 11....

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Friday, February 5, 2016
Western States try again at Freeing Themselves from 9th Circuit Court
By Selected News Articles @ 3:00 AM :: 2897 Views :: Judiciary

...Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake (R) and Rep. Matt Salmon (R) introduced legislation that would split up the 9th Circuit and add a new 12th Circuit....

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Time To Elect Hawaii's Judges? Maybe Not Such A Bad Idea.
By Robert Thomas @ 1:55 AM :: 3205 Views :: Judiciary

The Hawaii Legislature is evaluating a series of bills which, taken collectively, would radically overhaul the way judges and justices are selected....

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Friday, January 29, 2016
Advocates for Abused and Neglected Children Needed on Oahu
By News Release @ 6:28 PM :: 3235 Views :: Family, Judiciary

Interested persons must attend a mandatory CASA training program....

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Saturday, January 16, 2016
Kauai Girls Court Celebrates Success of First Cohort
By News Release @ 2:14 AM :: 4175 Views :: Kauai County, Judiciary

Girls Court is the Judiciary’s innovative effort to stem the rising tide of female delinquency in Hawaii, where the proportion of female juvenile arrests has been significantly higher than the national average....

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Saturday, January 16, 2016
Indict Somebody: Judiciary Hiring Independent Grand Jury Counsel
By News Release @ 2:04 AM :: 2988 Views :: Judiciary

First & Third Circuit Seeking Applicants for Independent Grand Jury Counsel....

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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 :: 3984 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 :: 2926 Views :: Judiciary

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

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Big Island Veterans Treatment Court Recognizes Its First Graduate
By News Release @ 9:22 PM :: 3893 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 :: 5570 Views :: Judiciary, Law Enforcement, Drugs

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

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Monday, November 9, 2015
New Data Shows Veterans Treatment Court Surge
By News Release @ 5:52 PM :: 3675 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 :: 3974 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 :: 3141 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 :: 5135 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 :: 4455 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 9, 2015
Obama Nominates Clare Connors Hawaii Federal Judge
By News Release @ 2:22 PM :: 3506 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 6, 2015
9 Years of Hawaii Law Blogging
By Robert Thomas @ 9:05 PM :: 4684 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 :: 4409 Views :: Environment, Judiciary

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

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Anti-Cane Burning Suit to be First Case Heard by Hawaii Environmental Court
By Andrew Walden @ 8:23 PM :: 5747 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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