Note: Please do not call a justice about a pending case. In most circumstances a justice is prohibited from discussing a pending case unless all parties are given notice and an opportunity to be present. Justices are also prohibited from publicly discussing a pending or impending case. See Rules 2.9 and 2.10 of the Hawaii Revised Code of Judicial Conduct.
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:
|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||04/17/14 - 04/16/24|