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Thursday, November 13, 2014
Hawaii Ranks Third in Nationwide Access to Justice Study
By News Release @ 8:03 PM :: 2641 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Judiciary

...four categories: attorney access for low-income litigants; support for self-represented litigants; support for litigants with limited language proficiency; and support for people with disabilities....

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Big Island Launches Veterans Treatment Court
By News Release @ 2:41 AM :: 2846 Views :: Judiciary, Military

On November 10, the Third Circuit (Hawaii county) launched its Veterans Treatment Court with an opening ceremony held in the courtroom of Chief Judge Ronald Ibarra....

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Saturday, November 01, 2014
Lawsuit Seeks Removal of Schatz from Office
By News Release @ 1:38 AM :: 5670 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Judiciary, Office of Elections, Politicians

...the election being conducted by Defendant Nago and the State of Hawaii Office of Elections is unconstitutional under the Seventeenth Amendment....

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Saturday, October 11, 2014
Abercrombie Appoints Two Oahu Circuit Court Judges
By News Release @ 3:50 PM :: 3840 Views :: Judiciary

Abercrombie today announced the appointments of Jeffrey P. Crabtree and Christine E. Kuriyama to the Circuit Court of the First Circuit....

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Happy Constitution(s) Day
By Robert Thomas @ 2:45 PM :: 2315 Views :: Judiciary
"Who Trumps Whom: Exploring Federalism in Hawaii."
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Friday, September 12, 2014
JSC Lists Nominees for First, Third Circuit Courts
By News Release @ 7:45 PM :: 2405 Views :: Judiciary

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

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Thursday, August 28, 2014
Supreme Court Dismisses All Three Puna Election Challenges
By Robert Thomas @ 10:10 PM :: 3121 Views :: Judiciary, Office of Elections

Today must be election contest day at the Hawaii Supreme Court....

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Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Q&A: Ten Things You Need to Know About Boehner Suing Obama
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:52 PM :: 3219 Views :: National News, Health Care, Judiciary

...Last week, the House of Representatives voted to authorize Speaker John Boehner to file a lawsuit challenging President Obama’s failure to fully implement Obamacare....

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Thursday, July 31, 2014
Supreme Court Orders Abercrombie to Pay Up
By Robert Thomas @ 9:02 PM :: 3514 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

Today, the Hawaii Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in Oahu Publications, Inc. v. Abercrombie....

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
A Hint Of Judicial Takings From Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals
By Robert Thomas @ 2:21 PM :: 2391 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use

The case involved three buildings near the shoreline on the Big Island....

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Sunday, July 20, 2014
Hawaii Convenes First Marine Resources Enforcement Conference
By News Release @ 2:42 AM :: 3469 Views :: Environment, Judiciary, Law Enforcement

Officers, Prosecutors, Lawmakers and Conservationists Meet at UH Law School....

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Upcoming CLE: Hawaii's Shoreline and Coastal Law and Regulation
By Robert Thomas @ 8:03 PM :: 6160 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use

This program will cover recent Hawaii case law, including the recent Hawaii Supreme Court decision regarding identifying the certified shoreline....

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Where the U.S. wiretap hotspots are? Not Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 4:55 AM :: 3764 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Judiciary, Law Enforcement

Only five states—Hawaii, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Vermont— had no wiretap requests during 2013....

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Thursday, July 03, 2014
Act 201 Reforms Hawaii Juvenile Justice System
By News Release @ 4:51 PM :: 3864 Views :: Judiciary, Law Enforcement

...In 2013, the state spent $199,000 a year for each bed at the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility (HYCF), yet 75 percent of youth released from HYCF were re-adjudicated or convicted as an adult within three years....

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Monday, June 16, 2014
Writ to Watch: Oahu Publications, Inc. v. Neil Abercrombie
By Robert Thomas @ 7:31 PM :: 3256 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Judiciary

On June 13, 2014, the HAWSCT accepted cert in Oahu Publications, Inc., dba The Honolulu Advertiser v. Neil Abercrombie....

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Monday, June 09, 2014
9th Circuit Demands Briefing on Bridge Aina Lea Suit
By Robert Thomas @ 5:30 AM :: 4818 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Judiciary, Land Use

...several members of the State of Hawaii Land Use Commission were sued by the property owner in their individual as well as official capacities....

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Monday, June 02, 2014
Baron and Budd negotiate $3.7 million settlement for State of Hawaii
By News Release @ 1:42 PM :: 2906 Views :: Judiciary, Cost of Living

...Baron and Budd negotiated a $3.7 million settlement on behalf of the State of Hawaii and a $1.6 million settlement on behalf of the State of Mississippi....

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Saturday, May 31, 2014
Child Support Enforcement Abuse: Hawaii Parents Org. Scores Victories in Legislature
By Selected News Articles @ 5:56 PM :: 3612 Views :: Family, Judiciary

This year National Parents Organization of Hawaii introduced several bills related to addressing abuses of the Child Support Enforcement Agency....

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Sunday, May 25, 2014
Hawaii's "Environmental Court" - A Bad Idea Whose Time (Apparently) Is Nigh
By Robert Thomas @ 8:13 PM :: 3689 Views :: Environment, Judiciary

...the only thing standing between the bill and the rest of us is Governor Abercrombie's veto pen....

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Intermediate Court of Appeals: No Landlocked Real Estate in Hawaii
By Robert Thomas @ 2:36 PM :: 4470 Views :: Hawaii History, Judiciary, Land Use

In Malulani Group, Ltd. v. Kaupo Ranch, Ltd., No. 30509 (May 5, 2014), the issue was whether the owner of a landlocked parcel could assert an easement....

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Friday, April 25, 2014
Volunteers Wanted to Investigate, Discipline Lawyers
By News Release @ 1:09 AM :: 2276 Views :: Judiciary

The terms will begin on July 1, 2014 and last for three years....

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Sunday, April 20, 2014
Hawaii-Focused Legal Blogs
By Robert Thomas @ 1:05 AM :: 2246 Views :: Judiciary

...several of our law firm colleagues also are active bloggers in their respective fields...

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Nakamoto Appointed Big Island Judge
By News Release @ 10:13 PM :: 2032 Views :: Judiciary

If confirmed by the State Senate, Nakamoto will serve in office for six years.... 

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Wednesday, April 09, 2014
JSC Seeks Nominations for Two Judicial Vacancies
By News Release @ 3:50 PM :: 2047 Views :: Judiciary
Circuit Judges, Circuit Court of the First Circuit (Oʻahu)....
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Monday, March 24, 2014
Hawaii Supreme Court: Must Counties Maintain Accurate Public Records?
By Robert Thomas @ 3:10 AM :: 2978 Views :: Hawaii County , Judiciary

Your first reaction may be "well, duh." But....

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Thursday, March 13, 2014
U.S. District Court's Honolulu Rail Compliance Order – A Slam Dunk
By Robert Thomas @ 4:33 PM :: 3247 Views :: Judiciary, Rail

...Judge A. Wallace Teshima’s truly final order in the case: the Order on Objection to Notice of Compliance, which coincidentally (or perhaps not) was issued on the same day (February 18, 2014) as the Ninth Circuit opinion....

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Thursday, March 13, 2014
Full Text: Hawaii Bar Association New Testimony on Wilson Nomination
By News Release @ 1:54 AM :: 2597 Views :: Judiciary

...work ethic concerns, lack of professionalism in the workplace, questions concerning the propriety of conduct toward women in professional contexts, and the ability to serve at the level of a Supreme Court Justice....

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Thursday, March 06, 2014
Zoning Board: Abercrombie's Supreme Court Pick Operating Illegal Enterprise for Over a Decade
By Andrew Walden @ 4:08 PM :: 5113 Views :: Judiciary
Did Wilson see fit to advise the Judicial Selection Commission or the Abercrombie Administration of his long-running and on-going illegality? 
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Saturday, March 01, 2014
Aloha, Justice Acoba
By Robert Thomas @ 8:41 PM :: 3206 Views :: Judiciary

Yesterday, according to the coconut wireless, was the official last day on the Hawaii Supreme Court for Associate Justice Simeon Acoba....

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Friday, February 21, 2014
Does Hawaii Need An "Environmental Court?"
By Robert Thomas @ 6:01 PM :: 3377 Views :: Environment, Judiciary

Looks like they're at it again, a solution in search of a problem....

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Thursday, February 20, 2014
Hawaii Supreme Court: How Do You Solve A Problem Like ... Appellate Mootness? More Process!
By Robert Thomas @ 9:58 PM :: 2366 Views :: Judiciary

The Hawaii Supreme Court has been on a roll lately....

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Thursday, February 20, 2014
Supreme Court Nominee Wilson's Written Opinions
By Robert Thomas @ 5:42 PM :: 3937 Views :: Judiciary

On Tuesday, February 18, 2014, Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie named Judge Michael D. Wilson as his nomination for associate justice to the Supreme Court....

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Abercrombie Names former BLNR Chair Wilson to Supreme Court
By News Release @ 6:36 PM :: 2993 Views :: Judiciary

Judge Wilson, 60, ... was a chairperson of the Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources and Commission, commissioner for the Kahoolawe Island Reserve Commission and executive director for the state Division of Consumer Advocacy.....

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Saturday, February 15, 2014
Supreme Court: Lower Courts too Dismissive of Pro-Se Litigants
By Robert Thomas @ 12:52 AM :: 2718 Views :: Judiciary

You file a crap brief with an appellate court. Shame on you....

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Hawaii In The Eminent Domain Spotlight
By Robert Thomas @ 12:23 PM :: 3130 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use
...Forbes editorial about an eminent domain and free speech battle between a North Shore property owner and the City and County of Honolulu....
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Sunday, February 09, 2014
Defending Liberty: Grassroot Institute Interviews Ilya Shapiro
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:51 PM :: 2609 Views :: First Amendment, Judiciary

Shapiro has closely examined the relationship between law and freedom....

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Friday, January 31, 2014
Veterans Treatment Court Celebrates its One-Year Anniversary
By News Release @ 4:01 PM :: 3247 Views :: Judiciary, Military

The specialized court began last year with three defendants and has now grown to ten defendants....

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Monday, January 27, 2014
JSC Nominates Six for Hawaii Supreme Court
By News Release @ 11:16 PM :: 2946 Views :: Judiciary

...for the impending vacancy in the judicial office of the Associate Justice, Supreme Court, State of Hawaiʻi upon the mandatory retirement of Associate Justice Simeon R. Acoba, Jr. in March 2014.... 

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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Hawaii Supreme Court Eases Path to Challenge Subdivision Approvals
By Robert Thomas @ 4:35 PM :: 3597 Views :: Development, Judiciary, Land Use

HAWSCT: Triggers To Administrative Appeals Must Be Clear And Noticed....

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Monday, January 13, 2014
Hawaii Supreme Court Clarifies "Final, Appealable Order" And Forgay Doctrine
By Robert Thomas @ 10:07 AM :: 2611 Views :: Judiciary

If there's one thing that keeps appellate lawyers up at night, it's jurisdictional questions....

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Thursday, January 09, 2014
Go Back To Law School: UH "J-Term" Classes Open To The Public
By Robert Thomas @ 12:31 PM :: 2344 Views :: Judiciary

some of the lectures are open to the public....

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Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Hawaii Supreme Court: Indigent Parents Have the Right to Court-Appointed Counsel During Child Welfare Proceedings
By News Release @ 6:47 PM :: 3102 Views :: Family, Judiciary

Prior to this decision, the State could remove children from their parents’ home, and parents who could not afford an attorney were often left to their own devices....

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Monday, December 23, 2013
Supreme Court Invalidates LUC Koa Ridge Reclassification
By Robert Thomas @ 11:55 PM :: 4776 Views :: Development, Judiciary, Land Use

The court concluded that the commissioner did not qualify as a valid holdover ....

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Friday, December 20, 2013
Blake v Kauai: Recktenwald Court continues Moon Court's policies
By Robert Thomas @ 2:19 PM :: 3345 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use

This decision also reflects that the Recktenwald Court is continuing the Moon Court's policies of keeping the door to the courthouse doors opened as wide as possible....

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Deemed Denied? Hawaii Supreme Court Clarifies Appeal Rules
By Robert Thomas @ 10:37 PM :: 2751 Views :: Judiciary

Under the majority's interpretation, a "deemed denial" is not ripe for appeal until the court affirmatively issues an order disposing of the post-judgment motion....

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Abercrombie Appoints Patricia Kim Park to JSC
By News Release @ 7:55 PM :: 2563 Views :: Judiciary

In the mid-1970s, she and her husband, Arthur, joined former Lt. Gov. Thomas P. Gill to form the firm of Gill Park and Park....

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Sunday, December 15, 2013
Hawaii Supreme Court: Demand A Contested Case, And There's A Good Chance You'll Get One
By Robert Thomas @ 11:33 PM :: 3445 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use

The Hawaii Supreme Court has issued its latest opinion in the apparently eternal metaphysical question of the circuit courts' appellate jurisdiction to review decisions under the Hawaii Administrative Procedures Act....

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Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Hawaii earns ‘D’ for judicial financial disclosure
By News Release @ 5:13 PM :: 2506 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

Despite receiving a “D”, Hawaii’s financial disclosure law ranks as sixth best out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.... 

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Locked Up and Shipped Away: Interstate Prisoner Transfer and the Private Prison Industry
By News Release @ 10:12 PM :: 3836 Views :: Judiciary, Justice Reinvestment

...four states - California, Idaho, Vermont, and Hawai'i - collectively ship 10,500  prisoners to for-profit prisons outside their home states.  West Virginia is developing a plan to do the same....

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Judge Sam King: A Memoir
By News Release @ 4:49 PM :: 3571 Views :: Hawaii History, Judiciary, Republican Party

In his half-century on the bench, he presided over some of the most sensational of Hawai‘i’s organized crime trials, and he upheld the 1967 Hawai‘i Land Reform Act that shifted property ownership in Hawai‘i from large trusts to ordinary citizens....

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