Hawaii Supreme Court Justices

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The Supreme Court is composed of a Chief Justice and four Associate Justices. Justices are nominated by the Governor from a list of not less than four and not more than six names submitted by the Judicial Selection Commission. A justice's nomination is subject to confirmation by the State Senate. Each justice is initially appointed for a ten year term. To be considered for appointment, a person must be a resident and a citizen of the state and of the United States and licensed to practice law by the Supreme Court of Hawai`i for not less than ten years preceding their nomination. After initial appointment, the Judicial Selection Commission determines whether a justice will be retained in office. A justice may not serve past age 70. See Article VI § 3 & 4 of the Hawai`i Constitution.

The members of the Supreme Court are:

Name Title Phone Number Term
Mark E. Recktenwald Chief Justice 539-4700 09/14/10 - 09/13/20
Paula A. Nakayama Associate Justice 539-4720 04/22/13 - 04/21/23
Sabrina S. McKenna Associate Justice 539-4735
03/03/11 - 03/02/21
Richard W. Pollack Associate Justice  539-4715 08/06/12 - 08/05/22
Michael D. Wilson Associate Justice  539-4725 04/17/14 - 04/16/24
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