Judges appointed by Neil Abercrombie

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Governor Neil Abercrombie

Neil Abercrombie is a former Governor of Hawaii. He served from 2010 to 2014 and was a Democrat. For an extensive profile, see: [[[Neil Abercrombie|Neil Abercombie]].

Appointment process

In Hawaii, the governor makes a judicial appointment after candidates are recommended by a judicial nominating commission. The nominee must be confirmed by the Hawaii Senate before she or he takes office.

The governor only appoints judges to the Supreme Court, Intermediate Court of Appeals, and the Circuit Courts. The Chief Justice appoints judges to the Hawaii District Courts.

Appointed judges

The tables below list the governor's appointees to the courts across the state. These lists are updated automatically with new appointments.

Supreme Court

NameCourtActivePrevious position
McKennaSabrina S. McKennaHawaii Supreme Court2011-2021Judge, O`ahu First Circuit Court, Hawaii
PollackRichard PollackHawaii Supreme Court2012-2020Judge, O'ahu First Circuit (7th Division)
WilsonMichael WilsonHawaii Supreme Court2014-2024Judge, O'ahu First Circuit Court

Intermediate Court of Appeals

The governor has not appointed any judges to this level of the courts.

Circuit Court

NameCourtActivePrevious position
KuriyamaChristine E. KuriyamaO`ahu First Circuit Court, Hawaii2015-PresentJudge, O`ahu First Circuit Family Court
LooRhonda I.L. LooMaui Second Circuit Court, Hawaii2011-2021Maui Second Circuit District Court
WildmanJoseph L. Wildman[[]]Former nominee, name withdrawn
OchiaiDean E. OchiaiO`ahu First Circuit Court, Hawaii2013-PresentO`ahu First Circuit District Court, Hawaii
NakasoneKaren NakasoneO`ahu First Circuit Court, Hawaii2011-2021Deputy Public Defender
CahillPeter T. CahillMaui Second Circuit Court, Hawaii2012-
CrabtreeJeffrey P. CrabtreeO`ahu First Circuit Court, Hawaii2015-Present

Controversy over appointments

During Abercrombie's first term, he was sued by the newspaper The Honolulu Star-Advertiser following his refusal to release the names of candidates who applied for judicial vacancies. He was eventually forced to make the information public, based on the state's open records laws. To read more about the controversy, check out the following news articles on Judgepedia:

See also

External links

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