Hawaii Legislative Year in Review: require release of names given for judicial vacancies, environmental courts

On Ballot

HB 420 (Constitutional Amendment) Requires the judicial selection commission to publicly disclose its list of nominees for appointment to the office of the chief justice, supreme court, intermediate appellate court, circuit courts, or district courts concurrently with its presentation of that list to the governor or the chief justice. Approved at November 2014 ballot.

Law

HB 1635 Requires the salary of the administrative director of the courts to be equal to the salary of the administrative director of the State and the salary of the deputy administrative director of the courts to be equal to ninety-five per cent of the salary of the administrative director of the courts.

HB 1846 Increases District Court civil jurisdiction from $25,000 to $40,000.

SB 632 Establishes environmental courts as divisions within the circuit and district courts. Judges assigned to environmental division may hear other types of cases as needed.

SB 2082 Authorizes additional land court fees to be established by court rule or administrative rule.