DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE (DUI) ADJUDICATOR
SUMMARY OF MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The DUI Adjudicator conducts and decides administrative license revocation hearings resulting from
arrests for operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant (OVUII) in the State of Hawai`i.
- Duties in the hearing process include making findings of fact and conclusions of law involving the
validity of the issues and the evidence, and applying and interpreting administrative revocation
rules as they apply.
- Conducts pre-hearing review of all documentation in the case file to acquaint the adjudicator
with the case before the hearing.
- Conducts hearings in accordance with HRS Chapter 291E, Part III under the authority of the
Administrative Director of the Courts. Supervisory review of the adjudicator’s work is typically
done only when problems are identified by the adjudicator and/or chief adjudicator.
- Researches applicable statutes, regulations and case law to properly analyze and weigh the
validity of the evidence presented at the hearing.
- Issues a final decision to the respondent sustaining or rescinding the revocation of the
respondent’s driving privileges. Completes a written decision taking into consideration
appropriate evidence, testimony, statues, rules and policy. The written decisions are subject to
supervisory review regarding the decision content and the legal basis of the decision.
- Conducts hearings, places witnesses under oath, questions witnesses in order to ascertain
pertinent facts, records of testimony, and considers evidence. Issues ignition interlock permits,
ignition interlock instruction permits, and employee driver’s permits to eligible respondents
whose licenses have been revoked, when appropriate.
OTHER DUTIES MAY INCLUDE:
- Assisting with responses to inquiries from the public, law enforcement, legal counsel and other
stakeholders having business with the ADLRO.
- Attending meetings and conferences as needed.
- Assisting with creating and updating administrative ADLRO forms.
- Accessing relevant information in various systems of record.
- May be required to travel to conduct hearings on the neighbor islands.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
- Administrative hearing process under HRS Chapter 291E, Use of Intoxicants While Operating a
Vehicle, Parts I-IV.
- Laws, rules and regulations affecting the conduct of administrative hearings in the State of
- Evidence associated with general administrative hearing procedures.
- Basic functions of the courts, traffic law enforcement and state agencies involved with
enforcement and adjudication of traffic safety violations (infractions).
- Administrative office practices and procedures.
- Computer use and skills, specifically using Microsoft Office.
- Work with legal documents (subpoenas, subpoena duces tecums, case files, police reports, etc.),
and evaluate and review police documents, witness statements, court documents, traffic
records and other data.
- Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, including effectively communicating with
the general public, attorneys, process servers, law enforcement, media and other governmental
and non-governmental agencies.
- Handle stressful, controversial and conflict situations with calm, tact, and professionalism, and
maintain judicial composure in confrontational situations.
- Establish and maintain effective and professional working relationships with others in the office
and Judiciary, and with other related governmental agencies and legal professionals.
- Preside and conduct administrative hearings in a fair, informal, impartial and efficient manner
with dignity and decorum.
- Determine credibility of witnesses from the quality of their testimony and general qualifications
and by observing their demeanor.
- Exercise sound judgement in analyzing testimony and other evidence, and in applying
appropriate provisions of law.
- Make appropriate decisions and apply proper sanctions, and issue written decisions within
specified time frames.
- Be objective and free from influence or bias.
- Write clearly, concisely and persuasively in simple, comprehensive language.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Graduation from an
accredited law school or comparable graduate level education is preferred.
Experience: Three (3) years of professional or technical experience in a quasi-judicial advocacy,
traffic law enforcement, labor relations, or a comparable program, which included responsibility for
the resolution of contested matters between person and/or persons and agencies.
Substitutions for Supervisory Experience:
Two (2) years of experience in the practice of law may be substituted for the professional or
technical experience described above.
Applicants must be citizens, permanent resident aliens or nationals of the United States, or non-citizens with unrestricted employment authorization from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
All applicants shall become residents of the State within thirty (30) days after beginning their
employment and as a condition of eligibility for continued employment.