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Notice Of Petition for Retention -The Honorable Kathleen N. A. Watanabe

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 in JSC Retention, Judicial Selection Commission

For immediate release: February 25, 2015


The Judicial Selection Commission, State of Hawaii, announces that the term of the Honorable Kathleen N. A. Watanabe. as Judge, Circuit Court of the Fifth Circuit, (island of Kauai), State of Hawaii, will expire on August 16, 2015. Judge Watanabe, in accordance with Section 3, Article VI of the Constitution of the State of Hawaii, has petitioned to be retained in office and to be renewed for an additional term. The Constitution of the State of Hawaii empowers the Commission to determine whether Judge Watanabe should be retained in office for an additional term of ten years.

The Commission invites interested persons to submit written comments or fill out an evaluation form on whether Judge Watanabe should be retained in office for a new term. All written comments and evaluation forms will be kept CONFIDENTIAL.

Please visit the Commission’s website and fill out form JS-P-081, Judicial Evaluation Retention Form. Written comments and/or form JS-P-081 must be postmarked or faxed by May 15, 2015 to:

Commission Chair Doris M. Ching, EdD
Judicial Selection Commission
State of Hawaii
417 S. King Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
FAX: (808) 538-5205

For more information, visit the Judicial Selection Commission webpage or contact the Commission via email at

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