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Senate confirms Judicial appointments, including Fujino

MEDIA RELEASE In unanimous floor votes, members of the Hawaii State Senate on Friday confirmed District Court judge Shirley M. Kawamura to the First Circuit Court and District Family Court judge Melvin H. Fujino to the Third Circuit. The full Senate also confirmed James C. McWhinnie to the District Court of the First Circuit. “Each […]

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Big Island launches veterans treatment court

MEDIA RELEASE On Nov. 10, the Third Circuit Court launched its Veterans Treatment Court with an opening ceremony held in the courtroom of Chief Judge Ronald Ibarra. Ibarra is presiding over the Veterans Treatment Court in Kona and Judge Greg Nakamura is the presiding judge in Hilo. “The Big Island community is committed to helping […]

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Masunaga sworn in as District Judge

Karin Stanton | Hawaii 24/7 Editor Margaret Masunaga is the island’s newest judge. Masunaga was sworn in Tuesday as Third Circuit District Court judge by Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald. After the oath of office, she was helped into her robes for the first time by husband Gail and daughters Colette and Jana. […]

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Committee forwards $35M budget for Kona judiciary complex to legislature for vote

Members of a House-Senate conference committee today announced that they have included $35 million in the judiciary’s budget to fund construction of the West Hawaii judiciary complex. The recommended budget will be submitted to the full legislature next week.

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Scam emails pretending to be from Hawaii State Judiciary

The Hawaii State Judiciary continues to receive reports of email scams, in which emails purporting to come from Hawaii State Judiciary offices or staff are being sent to individuals worldwide. The most recent email scam claims to be from a bailiff and instructs the individual to vacate his or her premises and to click on […]

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Public required to return state juror questionnaires

MEDIA RELEASE As it does each year during the first week in August, the Hawaii State Judiciary mails juror questionnaires to persons who have a Hawaii state driver’s license and are registered to vote in the State of Hawaii. This year, beginning Aug. 6, approximately 235,000 juror questionnaires will be mailed to 85,000 residents on […]

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Kealakehe site selected for Judiciary Complex in Kona

Kealakehe site selected for Judiciary Complex in Kona

MEDIA RELEASE Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald has selected a site across the street from the West Hawaii Civic Center for the new judiciary complex in Kona. The 10-acre Kealakehe parcel is owned by the state and is located at the intersection of Kealakehe Parkway and Ane Keohokalole Highway. The Kona Judiciary Complex, which will […]

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Court interpreter applicants wanted for orientation workshop

Court interpreter applicants wanted for orientation workshop

MEDIA RELEASE Applications are being accepted for the next state court interpreter orientation workshop to be held on each of the major islands in February and March. Completion of the two-day workshop is one of the mandatory requirements of becoming a court interpreter for the Hawaii State Judiciary. The workshop registration fee is $85. A […]

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Applicants sought for bar examiners board

Applicants sought for bar examiners board

MEDIA RELEASE The Nominating Committee of the Hawaii Supreme Court is seeking applications from licensed Hawaii attorneys wishing to serve on the Board of Bar Examiners. The committee will make recommendations to the Supreme Court, which will make the final selections. The board members would serve three-year terms beginning Nov. 1. Although the positions are […]

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Windward Planning Commission approves SMA permit amendment

Windward Planning Commission approves SMA permit amendment

MEDIA RELEASE Third Circuit Court Judge Greg K. Nakamura has removed Hu Honua Bioenergy LLC as a defendant in the lawsuit filed by certain area residents against Continental Pacific, LLC and Hank Correa Realty. The judge ruled Hu Honua had produced sufficient evidence to show no other defendant had legal claim to bring an injunction […]

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Judiciary collects $19,489 for Japan relief

Judiciary collects $19,489 for Japan relief

MEDIA RELEASE On behalf of the employees of the Hawaii State Judiciary, the Judiciary’s statewide Japan Relief Fund coordinator Lori Okita has presented a $19,489 check for the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief Fund to Coralie Matayoshi, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross, Hawaii Chapter. The Judiciary’s donation will be used by […]

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In its public meeting today, the Hawaii Reapportionment Commission stated that it has been unable to select a ninth member to serve as the Commission’s chair. Because the Commission was unable to select a chair within 30 days of certification of its members, the Supreme Court is required by Article IV, Section 2 of the Hawaii State Constitution to select a chair by May 1, 2011.

Applicants sought for chair of Hawaii Reapportionment Commission

In its public meeting today, the Hawaii Reapportionment Commission stated that it has been unable to select a ninth member to serve as the Commission’s chair. Because the Commission was unable to select a chair within 30 days of certification of its members, the Supreme Court is required by Article IV, Section 2 of the […]

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Judiciary office recognized for assistance to Pacific Island nations

Judiciary office recognized for assistance to Pacific Island nations

MEDIA RELEASE The state Judiciary’s Office on Equality and Access to the Courts (OEAC) has received a “Collaboration With Other Entities” award from the National Consortium for Language Access in the Courts. The award was presented to OEAC Program Director Debi Tulang-De Silva and Court Interpreting Services Coordinator Melody Kubo at the Consortium’s annual meeting […]

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Applicants sought for disciplinary board

Applicants sought for disciplinary board

MEDIA RELEASE The Hawaii Supreme Court is seeking applicants to fill six lawyer and non-lawyer positions on the Disciplinary Board of the Hawaii Supreme Court. The Board’s duties include overseeing the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, which investigates allegations of attorney misconduct and incapacity, and recommending appropriate action to the Hawaii Supreme Court. Four of the […]

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