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Applicants sought for 3rd Circuit Family, District Court per diem judges

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The 3rd Circuit Court is looking for attorneys interested in serving as per diem judges for Family and/or District Court on the Big Island.

Per diem judges are part-time judges appointed by the chief justice of the Hawai‘i Supreme Court on an as needed basis. During their term of service, per diem judges can still engage in the private law practice; however, they and their partners and associates cannot practice in the court to which they are assigned. Furthermore, government employees are disqualified from serving as per diem judges. Once appointed, per diem judges are also prohibited from holding other public positions for profit.

Applicants must be residents of Hawai‘i and citizens of the United States and must have been licensed to practice law by the Hawai‘i Supreme Court for a period of no less than five years preceding nomination.

Compensation is received only for the days which actual service is rendered based on the monthly rate of compensation paid to a District Court judge.


After receiving instructions and filling out the application form, nominees are interviewed by the Committee to Evaluate Qualifications of Per Diem Judges. Upon selection, an order of appointment must be filed. After taking the oath of office, per diem judges are ready for assignments.

Applications for consideration should be submitted by Feb. 1, 2023.

An original and three copies of completed applications can be mailed or hand-delivered to Committee to Evaluate Qualifications of Per Diem Judges, ATTN: Chief Judge Robert D.S. Kim, Keahuolu Courthouse, 74-5451 Kamakaeha Ave., Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i 96740


An additional copy must be mailed or hand-delivered directly to: Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald, Supreme Court of Hawai’i, 417 South King St., Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96813

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