State-by-State 2012 Legislative Year in Review: Hawaii

Hawaii’s legislature approved a constitutional amendment in 2012, SB 650 that would had authorized the chief justice of the supreme court to appoint judges who have retired upon attaining the age of seventy years as emeritus judges. Further, the amendment permitted the appointed judges to serve as per diem judges in courts no higher than the court level they reached prior to retirement and for terms not to exceed three months. The proposal failed to receive a majority of all votes cast in the November 2012 election, failing 49.6% to 39.9% with 10.4% not voting (details here).

New laws affecting the courts enacted by the Hawaii legislature in 2012 include the following:

HB 1744 Stipulates that the five per cent decrease to the legislative, executive, and judicial salaries applies to what the respective salaries were as of June 30, 2009, and remains at the specified salary rate until June 30, 2013.