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Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Chief Justice Appoints William M. Domingo as Oahu District Court Judge
By News Release @ 9:05 PM :: 3427 Views :: Family, Judiciary

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

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Deferred, not Defeated: Marsy's Law Supporters Organize for Next Session
By Video @ 10:11 PM :: 3220 Views :: Judiciary, Law Enforcement

Supporters are already working to build legislative and public support for the constitutional amendment in the 2016 legislative session....

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Chief Justice Seeks Public Comment on Oahu Family Court Nominees
By News Release @ 9:36 PM :: 3429 Views :: Honolulu County, Family, Judiciary

...Comments must be post-marked, emailed, faxed, or hand delivered no later than Thursday, April 2, 2015. All comments will be kept confidential....

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Thursday, March 12, 2015
After Sob Story from Child Molester's Mother, Hawaii House Offers Ex-Cons $50K per Year, Free Obamacare for Life
By Andrew Walden @ 7:08 AM :: 5123 Views :: Judiciary, Law Enforcement

This is all part of a scheme hatched by two lawyers famous for helping OJ Simpson get off on his 1994 double murder rap in Los Angeles....

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Thursday, March 05, 2015
Applicants Wanted for Ethics and Campaign Spending Commissions
By News Release @ 2:22 AM :: 2862 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

Interested persons should submit an application along with a resume and three letters of recommendation (attesting to the applicant’s character and integrity) postmarked by March 13, 2015....

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Monday, March 02, 2015
Applicants Wanted for Ethics and Campaign Spending Commissions
By News Release @ 4:57 PM :: 2377 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

Interested persons should submit an application along with a resume and three letters of recommendation postmarked by March 13, 2015....

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Monday, February 02, 2015
HB624: Parental Parity in Child Custody Cases
By Chris Lethem @ 11:14 PM :: 2817 Views :: Family, Judiciary

Testimony will be heard on HB624 Tuesday morning at 8:30 am in room 326....

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Chief Justice Delivers State of the Judiciary Address
By News Release @ 9:01 PM :: 3112 Views :: Judiciary

Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald delivered the State of the Judiciary address today at a joint session of the State Senate and House....

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Legislative Ambulance Chasers Dig In To Taxpayers' Deep Pockets
By Selected News Articles @ 6:20 PM :: 3715 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Judiciary

...With ambulance chasers in positions of power, both the House and Senate are poised to advance HB189 and SB137 in separate hearings on Friday....

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Thursday, January 08, 2015
Hawaii Supreme Court to Review Haleakala Telescope Case
By Robert Thomas @ 9:35 PM :: 4579 Views :: Environment, Higher Education, Judiciary, Land Use

The case thus represents a target-rich environment for the petitioners and the court....

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Monday, January 05, 2015
The "Big Eyes" Have It: Hawaii Courts Again In The Hollywood Spotlight
By Robert Thomas @ 2:07 PM :: 3746 Views :: Hawaii History, Judiciary

Anyone who was around in the 1960s and 1970s remembers those paintings and prints of sad children with oversize eyes. They were ubiquitous....

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Friday, December 19, 2014
Hawaii Supreme Court: Agencies Have No Duty To Keep Their Records Accurately
By Robert Thomas @ 4:00 AM :: 4108 Views :: Hawaii County , Judiciary, Land Use

Last month, the Hawaii Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion which declined to impose a duty of reasonable care on the Hawaii County Planning Department....

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Hawaii Supreme Court In Aina Lea: The Rationales Behind The Opinion
By Robert Thomas @ 4:23 AM :: 3199 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use

...the LUC violated petitioners’ constitutional rights....

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Sunday, November 23, 2014
Hawaii Landmark Land Use Litigation for 2014
By Selected News Articles @ 3:36 PM :: 3185 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use

...new and important cases were decided by the Hawaii courts this year....

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Judicial Selection: Constitutional Amendment Icing on the Transparency Cake
By Robert Thomas @ 4:42 AM :: 2638 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

...the voters agreed that there's no good reason to keep the JSC lists secret, the same result as the lawsuit....

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Thursday, November 13, 2014
Hawaii Ranks Third in Nationwide Access to Justice Study
By News Release @ 8:03 PM :: 2826 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 :: 3041 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 :: 5942 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 :: 4015 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 :: 2446 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 :: 2539 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 :: 3326 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 :: 3428 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 :: 3691 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 :: 2541 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 :: 3670 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 :: 6351 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 :: 3999 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 :: 4123 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 :: 3444 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 :: 5079 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 :: 3102 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 :: 3812 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 :: 3894 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 :: 4757 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 :: 2406 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 :: 2372 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 :: 2166 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 :: 2188 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 :: 3178 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 :: 3428 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 :: 2730 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 :: 5277 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 :: 3334 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 :: 3554 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 :: 2506 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 :: 4073 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 :: 3110 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 :: 2880 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 :: 3334 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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