Per Diem Judges

First Circuit Court - Application for Per Diem District Judge

The District Family Court of the First Circuit is accepting applications from attorneys interested in serving as per diem District Judges. 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. An original and three copies of completed applications must be received by June 16, 2014, and may be mailed or hand-delivered to:

Committee to Evaluate Qualifications of Per Diem Judges
ATTN: Judge R. Mark Browning
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

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.

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.

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 Ronald Ibarra
81-940 Hakeki`i St
Kealakekua, HI 96750

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:

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