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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 Hawaii 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. 



APPELLATE LAW CLERK (for Associate Judge Karen T. Nakasone),
$5,600 per month, Intermediate Court of Appeals of the State of Hawai`i, Honolulu, Hawai`i.

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How to Apply: Please submit a hard copy application which includes the following: Cover letter, resume, transcript, writing sample, and list of references (References who can address your writing and analytical ability should be included).

Mail your application, postmarked by September 30, 2022, to:

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

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


DUI Adjudicator

Exempt Appointment (Non-Civil Service), $5,600 per month*, SR-26, Honolulu, Hawaii

*The starting salary may be based on the availability of funds, applicant’s qualifications, and other relevant factors.

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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:
Hawaii State Judiciary
Administrative Driver’s License Revocation Office 
American Savings Bank Tower 
1001 Bishop Street, Suite 500 
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Recruitment will be conducted until the position is filled.


Attorney (Program) I, Third Circuit Court, Office of the Chief Court Administrator, Kona, Hawai`i.

Salary: The starting salary may be between the minimum salary rate of $5,178 
monthly / $62,136 annually and maximum salary rate of $7,732 monthly / $88,464 annually, as determined by the hiring authority based on qualifications.

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How to Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume and copy of your Hawai`i Bar License to the attention of the Chief Court Administrator Dawn West, by email to: Recruitment.3JC@courts.hawaii.gov

Or by mail:

Third Circuit Court 
Keahuolu Courthouse 
74-5451 Kamakaeha Avenue 
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 
Attention: Chief Court Administrator Dawn West

Recruitment will be conducted until the position is filled.


CENTER FOR ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION (CADR), DIRECTOR

Exempt Appointment (Non-Civil Service), EM-03, $7,281 to $10,112 per month*, Honolulu, Hawaii

* Starting salary may be based on the availability of funds, applicant’s qualifications, and other relevant factors.

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How to Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please email a cover letter, current resume and references to:
Recruitment@courts.hawaii.gov or by mail to Hawaii State Judiciary, Human Resources Department, 426 Queen Street, Honolulu, HI 96813.

Recruitment will be conducted until the position is filled.


Law Clerk (Lautenberg), Third Circuit Court, 3rd Division, Kona, Hawai`i
Salary: $5,385 per month 
Anticipated Start Date: July 1, 2022

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How to Apply: Submit resume, references, and a writing sample to the attention of the Honorable Robert D.S. Kim by email: Recruitment.3JC@courts.hawaii.gov

Or by mail:

Third Circuit Court
Keahuolu Courthouse
74-5451 Kamakaeha Avenue 
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Attention: Honorable Robert D.S. Kim

Recruitment will be conducted until the position is filled.

 


Law Clerk (Lautenberg), $5,385 per month, Fifth Circuit Court, 1st Division, Lihue, Hawai`i (Island of Kaua`i).

Anticipated Start Date: As soon as possible

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How to Apply: Submit a resume to the attention of the Chief Judge of the 1st Division by email: recruitment.5jc@courts.hawaii.gov

Or by mail to:
Fifth Circuit Court 
3970 Kaana Street, Suite 306 
Lihue, Hawai`i 96766 
Attention: Chief Judge of the 1st Division

Recruitment will be conducted until the position is filled


Judicial Assistant I (Lautenberg), $4,509 per month, First Circuit Court, 18th Division, Honolulu, Hawaii.    

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How to Apply:  Submit a cover letter, resume and references to the attention of the Honorable Ronald G. Johnson by email:  17thDivision.1CC@courts.hawaii.gov

Or by mail:
First Circuit Court
777 Punchbowl Street
Honolulu, HI 9681
Attention:  Honorable Ronald G. Johnson

If you have additional questions about this position, please contact the 17th Division at (808) 538-5170.

Recruitment will be conducted until the position is filled.


Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Clerk

Exempt Appointment (Non-Civil Service), $2,933 monthly, SR-10, Honolulu, Hawai`i

*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: Hawai`i State Judiciary 
Administrative Driver’s License Revocation Office 
American Savings Bank Tower 
1001 Bishop Street, Suite 500 
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 
Recruitment will be conducted until the position is filled.

 


Law Clerk (Lautenberg), $5,385 per month, First Circuit Court, Honolulu

Resumes are being accepted for possible referral to current and future (August 2022 to August 2023 term) exempt Law Clerk position(s) located in the First Circuit Court, Honolulu.

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

 



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.