Richard T. Bissen, Jr. was sworn in as a Circuit Court judge for the Second Circuit in April 2005. Prior to his appointment, he served as the Interim Director for the State of Hawai`i Department of Public Safety and as the First Deputy Attorney General for the State.
Judge Bissen served as the Prosecuting Attorney for the County of Maui from August 1995 to January 2003. He was a Deputy Prosecutor from 1987 to 1991 and from 1992 to 1995. He was also a partner in the law firm of Cardoza, Fukuoka & Bissen (1991 to 1992) and served as a law clerk for retired Second Circuit Court Judge Richard R. Komo (1986 to 1987).
Judge Bissen received his law degree from the University of Hawaii's William S. Richardson School of Law.