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Thursday, August 04, 2016
Chief Justice Seeks Public Comment on Judicial Nominees
By News Release @ 2:41 AM :: 2093 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 :: 3192 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 :: 2759 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Judiciary
Come on, live the dream!
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Friday, July 01, 2016
Hawaii Supreme Court Clarifies Appeals Clock
By Robert Thomas @ 4:47 PM :: 3142 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 :: 2322 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 :: 2252 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 :: 4370 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 :: 2886 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 02, 2016
New Judges Appointed for Oahu, Big Island
By News Release @ 3:39 PM :: 2572 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 :: 3327 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 :: 5158 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 :: 2858 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 :: 4592 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 :: 3685 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 :: 2635 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 04, 2016
Chief Justice Seeks Public Comment on Judicial Nominees
By News Release @ 11:01 PM :: 2231 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 :: 3002 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 :: 2127 Views :: Judiciary

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

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Saturday, April 02, 2016
Dubanoski Appointed to Judicial Selection Commission
By News Release @ 3:47 PM :: 2167 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 :: 2782 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 :: 2531 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 :: 2459 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 :: 6234 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 :: 2878 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 :: 2140 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 05, 2016
Western States try again at Freeing Themselves from 9th Circuit Court
By Selected News Articles @ 3:00 AM :: 2255 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 03, 2016
Time To Elect Hawaii's Judges? Maybe Not Such A Bad Idea.
By Robert Thomas @ 1:55 AM :: 2641 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 :: 2437 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 :: 3330 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 :: 2411 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 :: 3138 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 :: 2394 Views :: Judiciary

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

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Tuesday, December 01, 2015
Big Island Veterans Treatment Court Recognizes Its First Graduate
By News Release @ 9:22 PM :: 2904 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 :: 4462 Views :: Judiciary, Law Enforcement, Drugs

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

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Monday, November 09, 2015
New Data Shows Veterans Treatment Court Surge
By News Release @ 5:52 PM :: 2903 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 :: 3145 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 :: 2537 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 :: 4238 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 :: 3571 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 09, 2015
Obama Nominates Clare Connors Hawaii Federal Judge
By News Release @ 2:22 PM :: 2875 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 06, 2015
9 Years of Hawaii Law Blogging
By Robert Thomas @ 9:05 PM :: 3682 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 :: 3576 Views :: Environment, Judiciary

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

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Tuesday, August 04, 2015
Anti-Cane Burning Suit to be First Case Heard by Hawaii Environmental Court
By Andrew Walden @ 8:23 PM :: 4605 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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Tuesday, August 04, 2015
Jury Questionnaires to be Mailed Out for 2016
By News Release @ 3:07 PM :: 2154 Views :: Judiciary

Those who receive a questionnaire have 10 days to complete and return....

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Thursday, July 09, 2015
Supreme Court Overturns Former Judge’s Ruling on Gambling Case
By News Release @ 4:24 PM :: 4120 Views :: Judiciary, Law Enforcement

The Hawaii Supreme Court has overturned former Circuit Court Judge Randal Lee’s order disqualifying two Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys from a high­ profile gambling case....

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Thursday, July 02, 2015
Hawaii Appeals: When is Final, Final?
By Robert Thomas @ 11:00 PM :: 2707 Views :: Judiciary

HAWSCT Again Clarifies When A Judgment Is "Final" And Appealable (They're Serious About This Finality Thing)....

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Monday, June 29, 2015
Hawaii State Judiciary Launches New Environmental Court
By News Release @ 5:32 PM :: 3423 Views :: Environment, Judiciary

Hawaii’s new Environmental Court will have broad jurisdiction over civil and criminal cases affecting the environment....

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Friday, June 26, 2015
Hawaii Supreme Court: County Initiative Preempted by State Law
By Robert Thomas @ 5:08 PM :: 5155 Views :: Hawaii County , Judiciary, Law Enforcement, Drugs, GMOs

...Hawaii Supreme Court refined the test for determining when a municipal ordinance or charter provision is preempted by state law....

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Sunday, June 21, 2015
Contested Case or Court Case? The Hawaii Supreme Court Decides
By Robert Thomas @ 6:58 PM :: 3718 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use

It's a fine balance, and until the Hawaii Supreme Court's recent decision in Kellberg v. Yuen, and the Intermediate Court of Appeals' decision in Hoku Lele, LLC v. City and County of Honolulu....

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Hirono, Schatz Nominate Three for Federal Judge
By News Release @ 9:34 PM :: 2955 Views :: Judiciary

Clare Connors, David Louie, and Jill Otake....

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