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Notice of Anticipated Judicial Vacancies

Posted on Nov 4, 2011 in JSC Vacancy, Judicial Selection Commission

For immediate release: Friday, November 4, 2011


The Judicial Selection Commission is accepting nominations and applications to fill the following anticipated judicial vacancies in the State of Hawaii:

Associate Justice, Supreme Court (Oʻahu)
Circuit Judge, Second Circuit Court (Maui)
District Family Judge, Second Circuit Court (Maui)

The Constitution of the State of Hawaii requires that the persons selected by the Commission be residents and citizens of the State of Hawaii and of the United States, and have been licensed to practice law by the Hawaii Supreme Court. A justice of the supreme court and a judge of the circuit court shall have been so licensed for a period of not less than ten years preceding nomination. A judge of the district court shall have been so licensed for a period of not less than five years preceding nomination. No justice or judge shall, during the term of office, engage in the practice of law, or run for or hold any other office or position of profit under the United States, the State or its political subdivisions.

The term of office of justices of the supreme court and judges of the circuit courts shall be ten years. The annual salary in Hawaii of an associate justice is $151,118. That of a circuit judge is $136,127 and a district judge is $128,295.

Full-time justices and judges also receive employer contributions to premiums for enrollment in the state-sponsored medical, drug, vision and dental plans, a free life insurance policy, state retirement benefits, a deferred compensation supplemental retirement savings plan, 13 paid holidays annually (14 days during election years), 21 vacation and 21 sick leave days per year. Benefits are subject to modification or termination due to changes in statutes, pertinent rules and regulations. Justices and judges shall be retired upon attaining the age of seventy years.

The Commission invites anyone who meets the constitutional requirements and is interested in the position to apply directly to the Commission.

Applicants: Prior to submitting your application, submit a letter with a contact phone number and an e-mail address specifying the vacancy you are applying for before the application deadline date of Friday, February 3, 2012. The Commission also invites persons to nominate qualified individuals for the position.

Nominators: Mail your nomination to the address below with the nominee’s full name and mailing address as soon as possible and not later than the nomination deadline of Monday, December 19, 2011.


Visit the Commission’s website at to review the application instructions and fill out one Application for Judicial Office (JS-P-084) form. The application must be post-marked or delivered to the address below on or before the application deadline of Friday, February 3, 2012.

Susan Ichinose Chair
Judicial Selection Commission
State of Hawaii
417 South King Street Honolulu, HI 96813

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