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Notice of Petition for Retention – The Honorable Melanie Mito May (Release Date: January 6, 2017)

Posted on Jan 6, 2017 in JSC Retention, Judicial Selection Commission

For immediate release: January 6, 2017


The Judicial Selection Commission, State of Hawaiʻi, announces that the term of the Honorable Melanie Mito May as District Judge of the District Court of the First Circuit, State of Hawaiʻi, will expire on June 22, 2017. Judge May, in accordance with Section 3, Article VI of the Constitution of the State of Hawaiʻi, has petitioned to be retained in office and to be renewed for an additional term. The Constitution of the State of Hawaiʻi empowers the Commission to determine whether Judge May should be retained in office for an additional term of six years.

The Commission invites interested persons to submit written comments or fill out an evaluation form on whether Judge May 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 the form JS-P-081, Judicial Retention Evaluation Form. Written comments and/or form JS-P-081 must be postmarked or faxed by April 6, 2017 to:

Commission Chair James A. Kawachika, Esq.
Judicial Selection Commission
State of Hawaiʻi
417 S. King Street
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi 96813
FAX: (808) 538-5205

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