Analysis: Less than half state judges are female

HONOLULU (AP) — An analysis of online judicial data has found that women hold nearly 40 percent of the judge positions in Hawaii state courts, a slight improvement from 14 years ago.

The lower number of female judges is a concern in a state where women make up half of the state’s adult population, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported .

Today, women make up 39 percent of the 80 bench seats, compared with 36 percent in 2004.

An analysis of online judicial data by the Advertiser found that men applied for judge positions at a rate more than twice that of women from 2012 through 2016. Since then, the rate has increased and men are applying at a rate more than three times higher than women.

The disparity has persisted despite more female graduates from the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law than male graduates.

In 2005, the school had 61 female grads, compared to 40 male grads.

This year, it had 48 female grads and 44 men grads.

District Court judges are required to have at least five years of experience as lawyers, and although the number of qualified female lawyers has increased, the disparity is still present.