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Notice of Petition for Retention – The Honorable James C. McWhinnie (Release Date: 06/10/2021)

Posted on Jun 10, 2021 in JSC Press Releases, JSC Retention, Judicial Selection Commission


The Judicial Selection Commission, State of Hawaiʻi, announces that the term of the Honorable James C. McWhinnie as District Judge, District Court of the First Circuit, State of Hawaiʻi, will expire on December 16, 2021.  Judge McWhinnie, 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 McWhinnie 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 McWhinnie 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 to access and fill out form JS-P-081, Judicial Retention Evaluation Form.  Written comments and/or form JS-P-081 must be postmarked or faxed by Monday, August 9, 2021 to:

Commission Chair Nadine Y. Ando, Esq.
Judicial Selection Commission
State of Hawaiʻi
417 South King Street
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi 96813
Fax:  (808) 538-5205


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