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Judicial Selection Commission Press Release – District Judge, District Court of the First Circuit Nominees

Posted on Jul 5, 2023 in JSC Press Releases, Judicial Selection Commission

Under the Constitution of the State of Hawaiʻi, Article VI, Appointment of Justices and Judges, Section 3: “The chief justice, with the consent of the senate, shall fill a vacancy in the district courts by appointing a person from a list of not less than six nominees for the vacancy presented by the judicial selection commission.”

The Judicial Selection Commission is pleased to announce a list of nominees for the judicial office of District Judge, District Court of the First Circuit (island of Oʻahu), State of Hawaiʻi. The judicial office has been vacant since the elevation of former District Judge James S. Kawashima to the position of Circuit Judge of the Circuit Court of the First Circuit in November 2022.

The list of nominees selected by the Commission to fill the vacancy for the judicial office of District Judge in the District Court of the First Circuit are listed as follows in alphabetical order:

  • Robert J. Brown
  • Harvey M. Demetrakopoulos
  • Chastity T. Imamura
  • Erika E. G. Ireland
  • Jordon J. Kimura
  • Steven R. Nichols

The Chief Justice has 30 days from his receipt of the list today to make his appointment.


  • Total Applicants: 20; 11 Females; 9 Males
  • First Time Applicants: 0
  • Government Attorneys: 5
  • Private Attorneys: 11
  • Per Diem Judges: 7
  • Other Occupation: 4
  • Age Range: 3 (31-40); 8 (41-50); 8 (51-60); 1 (61-70)
  • Years Licensed Range: 10 years to 38 years

Additional Information

  • Meeting held and decision made in June 2023 with 7 Commissioners present.


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