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Exempt Employment Opportunities

Exempt (non-civil service) appointments are made outside the civil service process. Civil service recruitment procedures do not apply, however, public employment and Judiciary employment requirements must be met. All positions and persons in the exempt service are excluded from the requirements of selection by merit competition and from civil service status. Exempt (non-civil service) appointments are considered “at-will,” which means that the hiring authority may terminate the employment relationship at any time.

If you are currently a regular (permanent) civil service employee with the Hawaiʻi State Judiciary and accept a temporary exempt (non-civil service) appointment, you may be required to relinquish your civil service status and all employment rights and privileges of a regular civil service employee.  


CJRI Information Technology Specialist, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

Exempt Appointment (Non-Civil Service), $6,682/monthly or $80,184/annually.*

*Effective July 1, 2024, the starting salary will be $6,922/monthly or $83,064/annually.

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How to Apply:

Applicants are required to submit a cover letter and resume to the attention of Irene Abut by email to: IreneMae.O.Abut@courts.hawaii.gov

In order to expedite the hiring process, only qualified candidates that are short listed will be selected for an interview and contacted.


Law Clerk (Lautenberg), Fifth Circuit Court, 2nd Division, Lihuʻe, Hawaiʻi

Exempt Appointment (Non-Civil Service), $5,713 per month ($5,918 per month effective July 1, 2024)

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How to Apply:  Please email a cover letter, resume, list of references, and writing samples to
celeste.h.inanod@courts.hawaii.gov or

By mail to:

Fifth Circuit Court
3970 Kaʻana Street, Suite 307
Lihuʻe, HI  96766
Attn:  Circuit Judge of the 2nd Division

Recruitment will be conducted until the position is filled.


Secretary, Center For Alternative Dispute Resolution (CADR), Honolulu, Hawai`i

Exempt Appointment (Non-Civil Service), $3,730 monthly / $44,760 annually (Effective July 1, 2024, there will be a salary increase to $3,917 monthly / $47,004 annually)

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How to Apply: Applicants are required to submit the following: 1) cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) names and contact information of three (3) professional references (personal references not accepted).

Mail or deliver application packets to:

Attn: Administration
Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution
417 South King St., Room 207
Honolulu, HI 96813

To expedite the hiring process, only qualified candidates that are short-listed will be selected for an interview. A proofreading test may be administered prior to selection.

If you have any questions, please call the CADR General Line at (808) 539-4237.

Recruitment will be conducted until the position is filled.


Law Clerk (Lautenberg), $5,713 per month ($5,918 per month effective July 1, 2024), Second Circuit Court, 4th Division, Wailuku, Hawai`i.    

Anticipated Start Date:  ASAP

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How to Apply:  Please email your resume, list of references, and writing sample to:
Cristina.Solomon@courts.hawaii.gov or

By mail to:

Second Circuit Court
2145 Main Street
Wailuku, Hawai`i  96793
Attention: Cristina Solomon

Recruitment will be conducted until the position is filled.


Appellate Law Clerk (for Associate Judge Karen T. Nakasone), $5,940 per month ($6,153 per month effective July 1, 2024), Intermediate Court of Appeals, State of Hawai`i, Honolulu, Hawai`i.

Start Date:  August 2025

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How to Apply:  Submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript (copy acceptable; original not required), writing sample, and list of references (references who can address your writing, analytical ability and work ethic should be included) to the attention of the Honorable Karen T. Nakasone by email to:  sherry.h.miyashiro@courts.hawaii.gov

Or by mail:

Associate Judge Karen T. Nakasone
Attention: Sherry Miyashiro, Judicial Assistant
Hawai‘i State Judiciary, Intermediate Court of Appeals
426 Queen Street, Room 201
Honolulu, HI 96813-2914

Applications will be considered as received. Recruitment will be conducted until the position is filled.

Should you have any questions, please contact Sherry Miyashiro at (808) 539-4004.


Appellate Law Clerk (for Associate Judge Keith K. Hiraoka), $5,940 per month ($6,153 per month effective July 1, 2024), Intermediate Court of Appeals, State of Hawai`i, Honolulu, Hawai`i.

Anticipated Start Date:  January 17, 2024

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How to Apply:  Submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample(s), a list of at least two references, and law school transcript to the attention of the Honorable Keith K. Hiraoka by email to: kehaulani.y.otsuka@courts.hawaii.gov

Or by mail:
Hawai`i State Judiciary, Intermediate Court of Appeals
426 Queen Street, Room 201
Honolulu, HI 96813
Attention:  Honorable Keith K. Hiraoka

Note: Your law school transcript does not have to be an original transcript. A copy will be acceptable.

Applications will be considered as received.  Recruitment will be conducted until the position is filled.

Should you have any questions, please contact Kehaulani Otsuka at 808-539-4752.


Project Specialist, JIMS (Judiciary Information Management System) Project Management Branch & CJRI (Criminal Justice Research Institute), Honolulu, Hawai`i.

*The starting salary will be determined at the time of job offer and may be based on applicant’s qualifications, availability of funds and other relevant factors.

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How to Apply:  Please submit a cover letter and resume to the attention of Irene Abut by email to:  IreneMae.O.Abut@courts.hawaii.gov.

Recruitment will be conducted until the position is filled.


Law Clerk (Lautenberg), $5,918 per month effective July 1, 2024, Second Circuit Court, 3rd Division, Wailuku, Hawai`i.

Anticipated Start Date: September 3, 2024

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How to Apply: Please email your resume, list of references, and a writing sample to:
joella.n.jones-saito@courts.hawaii.gov or

By mail to:

Second Circuit Court
2145 Main Street
Wailuku, Hawai`i 96793
Attention: Judge of the 3rd Division

First consideration will be given to resumes received by Friday, March 1, 2024.

Should you have any questions, please contact the Judicial Assistant at 808-244-2862.

Recruitment will be conducted until the position is filled.


Law Clerk (Lautenberg), $5,713 per month ($5,918 per month effective July 1, 2024), First Circuit Court, 12th Division – Criminal Administration, Honolulu, Hawai`i.

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How to Apply:  Submit a cover letter, resume, transcript(s), and writing sample to the “Attention of the Criminal Administration Division” at ExemptJobs.1C@courts.hawaii.gov.

Resumes are being accepted to fill future exempt Law Clerk vacancies for the August 2024 – August 2025 term with the 12th Division – Criminal Administration, First Circuit Court, Honolulu, Hawai`i.


Law Clerk (Lautenberg), $5,713 per month ($5,918 per month effective July 1, 2024) Second Circuit Court, 1st Division, Wailuku, Hawai`i.    

Anticipated Start Date:  As soon as possible.

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How to Apply:  Please email your resume, list of references, and a writing sample to: Sidnei.L.Camacho@courts.hawaii.gov or by mail to:

Second Circuit Court
2145 Main Street
Wailuku, Hawai`i 96793
Attention: Judge of the 1st Division – Kristin M. Hamman

Should you have any questions, please contact the Judicial Assistant at 808-244-2861.

Recruitment will be conducted until the position is filled.


Law Clerk (Lautenberg), $5,713 per month ($5,918 per month effective July 1, 2024), First Circuit Court, Honolulu

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How to Apply: Submit your resume and writing sample by email to: ExemptJobs.1C@courts.hawaii.gov.

Resumes are being accepted for possible referral to current and future exempt Law Clerk positions located in the First Circuit Court, Honolulu.


Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Clerk

Exempt Appointment (Non-Civil Service), *$3,042 per month, SR-10, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

*Salary rate effective October 1, 2022. The immediate vacancy is a temporary position with the possibility of extension on a year-to-year basis.

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How to Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please submit a current resume and cover letter to:

Email: respondents.adlro@courts.hawaii.gov

Or 
Mail to: Hawaiʻi State Judiciary 
Administrative Driver’s License Revocation Office 
American Savings Bank Tower 
1001 Bishop Street, Suite 500 
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi 96813 
Recruitment will be conducted until the position is filled.


 



Law Clerks

Law clerks work directly with a judge or justice and are exempt from civil service. Each judge or justice personally hires his or her law clerk(s). Generally, law clerk applicants should submit a cover letter along with a resume. However, the judge or justice may have additional application requirements, such as writing samples, law school transcripts or recommendation letters. Therefore, applicants should contact the respective judge or justice’s office directly.