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Per Diem Judge Opportunities

Fifth Circuit Seeking Per Diem District/Family Court Judge

Fifth Circuit Court (Kauai) is seeking candidates for a Per Diem District/Family Court Judge to serve on a per diem basis and as necessary to provide auxiliary judicial functions. These judges shall receive per diem compensation of $751.90 for the days on which actual service is rendered. They will serve in both the District Court and Family Court.

A Per Diem District/Family Court Judge shall reside in the judicial circuit (Kauai) for which he/she is appointed and shall have been an attorney licensed to practice in all the courts of the state of Hawaii for at least five years.

Applications for consideration must be submitted no later than Friday, June 29, 2018.

Mail or hand deliver one copy to:
Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald
Supreme Court of Hawaii
417 S. King Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

Mail or hand deliver three copies to:
Chief Judge Randal Valenciano
Fifth Circuit Court
3970 Kaana Street
Lihue, HI 96766

Please contact David Lam at (808) 482-2378 if you have any questions.

District Family Court of the First Circuit Accepting Applications for Per Diem Judges

The District Family Court of the First Circuit is accepting applications from attorneys interested in serving as Per Diem Family Court Judge. 

Application forms are available at:  (1) the Ho’okele Counter on the first floor of the Circuit Court Building at 777 Punchbowl Street; (2) the District Court Concierge Kiosk on the Plaza level of the District Court Building at 1111 Alakea Street, Honolulu, Hawaii  96813 (or at the District Court Service Center located on the 3rd floor when the Concierge Kiosk is closed); (3) the Ho’okele Counter on the first floor of the Kapolei Courthouse located at 4675 Kapolei Parkway, Kapolei, Hawaii 96707. (4) Online at http://www.courts.state.hi.us/general_information/jobs/job_opportunities.  An original and three copies of completed applications may be mailed or hand-delivered to:  

Committee to Evaluate Qualifications of Per Diem Judges
ATTN:  Judge Catherine H. Remigio
4675 Kapolei Parkway
Honolulu, HI.  96707

An additional copy must be mailed or hand delivered directly to the Chief Justice.

Ali’iolani Hale 417 South King Street.  Honolulu, Hawai’i 96813

Submit Application by June 29, 2018

Pursuant to Article VI, Section 3 of the Hawaii State Constitution, applicants must be residents and citizens of the State and of the United States, and must have been licensed to practice law by the Supreme Court of Hawaii for a period of not less than five years preceding nomination.  Please be advised that the Commission on Judicial Conduct has indicated in a formal opinion that any per diem judge and his/her partners and associates may not practice in the court to which the per diem judge is assigned.  Furthermore, pursuant to the Hawaii State Constitution, government employees (federal, state, or county) are disqualified from serving as per diem judges.  Additionally, once appointed, per diem judges are prohibited from holding other public positions for profit (e.g., teaching at the William S. Richardson School of Law.)

Per Diem Judges are part-time judges appointed by the Chief Justice on an “as needed basis” to preside in the District Court or Family Court.

After receiving instructions and filling out the application form, nominees are interviewed by the Committee to Evaluate Qualifications of Per Diem Judges and upon selection, an order of appointment must be filed. After they take the oath of office, the per diem judge is ready for assignments.

During their term of service, a per diem judge may still engage in the private practice of law. Compensation is received only for the days which actual service is rendered based on the monthly rate of compensation paid to a district court judge.

 

Third Circuit Court – Application for Per Diem District Judge

The District Family Court and District Court of the Third Circuit, Hilo and Kona are accepting applications from attorneys interested in serving as per diem District Judges. Please submit a letter indicating your interest to:

Chief Judge Greg Nakamura
Hale Kaulike
777 Kilauea Avenue
Hilo, HI  96720

Pursuant to Article VI, Section 3 of the Hawaii State Constitution, applicants must be residents and citizens of the State and of the United States, and must have been licensed to practice law by the Supreme Court of Hawaii for a period of not less than five years preceding nomination. Please be advised that the Commission on Judicial Conduct has indicated in a formal opinion that any per diem judge and his/her partners and associates may not practice in the court to which the per diem judge is assigned. Furthermore, pursuant to the Hawaii State Constitution, government employees (federal, state, or county) are disqualified from serving as per diem judges. Additionally, once appointed, per diem judges are prohibited from holding other public positions for profit (.e.g, teach at the William S. Richardson School of Law).

Per Diem judges are part-time judges appointed by the Chief Justice on an “as needed basis” to preside in the District Court or Family Court.

During their term of service, a per diem judge may still engage in the private practice of law. Compensation is received only for the days which actual service is rendered.

Below is a list of judges serving in courts statewide: