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Hawaii Judicial Selection Commission

Chad Blair: Pal Of Ige Or Not, Keith Hiraoka Is A Good Choice For Appeals Court Gov. David Ige

Chad Blair: Pal Of Ige Or Not, Keith Hiraoka Is A Good Choice For Appeals Court

Some feel the governor was playing politics when he nominated his former campaign manager to a judgeship for the second time.

Why Aren’t There More Women Judges In Hawaii? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Aren’t There More Women Judges In Hawaii?

Despite calls for more women to seek judgeships, their numbers lag in applications and appointments.

Why Are Hawaii Judicial Nominees Mostly Men? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Are Hawaii Judicial Nominees Mostly Men?

UPDATED: In part it’s because male attorneys outnumber female attorneys in the islands, and fewer women apply for judge jobs than men.

Hawaii Governor Appoints Former Campaign Manager To Be Judge Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Hawaii Governor Appoints Former Campaign Manager To Be Judge

Keith Hiraoka was one of three appointments Gov. David Ige made to the 1st Circuit Court.

Senate Kills Last Bill That Would’ve Reformed Judiciary Renewal Process Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senate Kills Last Bill That Would’ve Reformed Judiciary Renewal Process

After encountering overwhelming criticism, all three of Sen. Gilbert Keith-Agaran's bills to change the way judges are chosen and retained have died.
Senators to Decide if Lawyer Labeled ‘Unqualified’ Should Be Big Island Judge Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Senators to Decide if Lawyer Labeled ‘Unqualified’ Should Be Big Island Judge

UPDATED Hawaii Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves judicial nominees Masunaga, Crabtree and Kuriyama. Full Senate vote set for Thursday.
Abercrombie: Change Retirement Age for Judges

Abercrombie: Change Retirement Age for Judges

Hawaii governor says age limit of 70 deprives state of wider pool of experienced candidates.
Off The Beat: Another Judge Selected Without Public Input

Off The Beat: Another Judge Selected Without Public Input

Gov. Neil Abercrombie keeps secret list of Circuit Court nominees.
Gov Willing To Fight For Judge Secrecy In Court

Gov Willing To Fight For Judge Secrecy In Court

Abercrombie makes his case with Office of Information Practices.

New Director For Hawaii Open Records Agency

UPDATED Cheryl Kakazu Park will be the new head of the Hawaii Office of Information Practices.

OIP: Abercrombie Must Reveal Judge Candidates

State lawyers say short list must be released after confirmation.
Fighting for Hawaii High Court Short List

Fighting for Hawaii High Court Short List

Abercrombie's Supreme Court nominee unveiled as also-rans stay secret. Move is legal, but breaks with predecessor.
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