Reports and Newsletters
HSC Special Committees
Should the mandatory retirement age of 70 years old for judges be repealed?
Co-chairs: Justice Steven Levinson (Ret.) and Colin Miwa
2010 Standing Committee on Judicial Selection, Retention and Accountability - Final Report
The standing committee reviews, monitors and if appropriate makes recommendations on maters relating to issues of merit selection and the process and procedures affecting the selection and retention of Hawaii judges, both state and federal.
Co-chairs: Hon. Victoria S. Marks (ret.) and William Atwater
The Special Committee looked for ways to preserve our country's strong need for an independent and competent judiciary as well as for the high quality of our judiciary for the present and the long term.
Co-chairs: Hon. Virginia Crandall and Mark Rossi
A Special Committee will review the mediation rules and to make recommendations on whether the Hawai‘i Supreme Court should consider adopting mediation rules for civil cases in the Circuit and District Courts.
Co-chairs: Gary Chang and James Kawachika
The Special Committee was created to see how our courts are doing under the circumstances, to examine the significant issues facing them, and to suggest ways to address them.
2009 Discovery Issues
To review and consider whether Hawaii State Courts should consider its Rules relating to e-Discovery and Initial Disclosure issues.
Co-Chairs: Hon. Katherine Leonard and William McCorriston
To review the issue of whether or not the size of juries shall be reduced from twelve to six in civil and non-serious criminal trials.
Co-chairs: Hon. David Ezra and Constance Lau
Co-chairs: Alan Oshima and J. Michael Seabright
Co-chairs: Lisa Ginoza and Richard W. Pollack
Co-chairs: Sabrina McKenna and Donna Tanoue
2006 Court Security
Co-chairs: Terry Thomason, Walter Ozawa and Robert Toyofuku
Co-chairs: Susan Oki Mollway and William E. Atwater
2004 Per Diem Judges
Chair: William Atwater
Co-chairs: Warren Luke and Victoria S. Marks
2002 Judicial Selection and Retention (2003 Report)
Chair: Robert Alm
2002 Business Courts
Co-chairs: Robert F. Clarke and Colleen Hirai
Chair: Bert Kobayashi, Jr.
2001 One Tier Trial Court
Chair: Warren Luke
Chair: Dan Case
Founded in 1913, the national American Judicature Society was dissolved in 2014. The Hawaii State Chapter, established in 1998, changed its name and is now the American Judicature Society. The Hawaii Chapter has over a hundred members comprised of judges, lawyers and other citizens of the State of Hawaii.
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The purpose of the Society is “To Promote the Effective Administration of Justice” as set forth in the Articles of Incorporation. The work of AJS focuses primarily on judicial ethics, judicial selection, access to justice, criminal justice reform, and the jury system.