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State of Hawaii

Methods of Judicial Selection: Hawaii

Selection of Judges

Number of Judgeships
Supreme Court: 5
Intermediate Court of Appeals: 6
Circuit Court: 33
Number of Districts/Circuits
Supreme Court: --
Intermediate Court of Appeals: --
Circuit Court: 4
Geographic Basis for Selection
Supreme Court: statewide
Intermediate Court of Appeals: statewide
Circuit Court: island
Method of Selection (full term)
Supreme Court: gubernatorial appointment from nominating commission with senate confirmation
Intermediate Court of Appeals: gubernatorial appointment from nominating commission with senate confirmation
Circuit Court: gubernatorial appointment from nominating commission with senate confirmation
Length of Term
Supreme Court: 10 yrs
Intermediate Court of Appeals: 10 yrs
Circuit Court: 10 yrs
Method of Retention
Supreme Court: nominating commission retains
Intermediate Court of Appeals: nominating commission retains
Circuit Court: nominating commission retains
Length of Subsequent Terms
Supreme Court: 10 yrs
Intermediate Court of Appeals: 10 yrs
Circuit Court: 10 yrs
Method of Filling Interim Vacancies
Supreme Court: gubernatorial appointment from nominating commission with senate confirmation
Intermediate Court of Appeals: gubernatorial appointment from nominating commission with senate confirmation
Circuit Court: gubernatorial appointment from nominating commission with senate confirmation
When Interim Judges Stand for Election/Appointment
Supreme Court: 10 yrs
Intermediate Court of Appeals: 10 yrs
Circuit Court: 10 yrs
Selection of Chief Judge/Justice
Supreme Court: gubernatorial appointment from nominating commission with senate confirmation
Intermediate Court of Appeals: gubernatorial appointment from nominating commission with senate confirmation
Circuit Court: chief justice appoints administrative judge in each circuit
Term of Office for Chief Judge/Justice
Supreme Court: 10 yrs
Intermediate Court of Appeals: 10 yrs
Circuit Court: chief justice determines
Qualifications
Supreme Court: state and U.S. resident and citizen; 10 yrs state practice; mandatory retirement at 70
Intermediate Court of Appeals: state and U.S. resident and citizen; 10 yrs state practice; mandatory retirement at 70
Circuit Court: state and U.S. resident and citizen; 10 yrs state practice; mandatory retirement at 70
Selection and retention methods and term lengths are prescribed by Article VI of the Hawaii Constitution.