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Notice of Extended Deadline for Applications for Judicial Vacancies – District Judge, District Court of the Second Circuit and District Family Judge, Second Circuit

Posted on Mar 20, 2020 in JSC Vacancy, Judicial Selection Commission
The Judicial Selection Commission is extending the deadline for accepting applications to fill the following judicial vacancies in the State of Hawaiʻi:
  • District Judge, District Court of the Second Circuit (island of Maui)
  • District Family Judge, Second Circuit (island of 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 district judge or district family judge shall have been licensed for a period of not less than five years preceding nomination.  No 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 a district judge and district family judge shall be six years.  The annual salary in Hawaii of a district judge and district family judge is $195,276. 
The Chief Justice has the discretion to assign a district judge/district family judge to either the District Court or Family Court as provided under Section 571-8 of the Hawaii Revised Statutes.
Full-time 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.  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.
Prior to submitting your application, submit a letter with a contact phone number and an e-mail address specifying the vacancy for which you are applying.
TO APPLY: Please visit the Commission’s website and fill out form JS-P-084, Application for Judicial Office Form.  The application must be postmarked to the address below on or before the application deadline of Tuesday, May 19, 2020.
Commission Chair Ronette M. Kawakami, Esq.
Judicial Selection Commission
State of Hawaii
417 South King Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

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