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State Senate Plans Special Session for Judicial Appointments

October 29, 2015, 12:10 PM HST
* Updated October 29, 12:12 PM
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Three judicial appointments will be the topic of the Hawai’i State Senate’s Special Session.

On Tuesday, Nov. 3, the Senate will hold a hearing on the appointments, and on Thursday, Nov. 4 and Friday, Nov. 5, the Senate will meeting in Special Session.

Governor David Ige made the appointments on Oct. 21, which include current District Court Judge of the First Circuit Shirley M. Kawamura to the First Circuit Court and current District Family Court Judge of the Third Circuit Judge Melvin H. Fujino to the Third Circuit Court.

The following day, Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald appointed James C. McWhinnie to the District Court of the First Circuit.

All appointments made came from a list of nominees presented by the Judicial Selection Commission. In compliance with Article VI, Section 3 of the Constitution of the State of Hawai’i, the Senate must receive the appointments within three days after the list of nominees is presented, and the Senate has 30 days to confirm or reject the appointments.

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