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Senate to consider judicial appointments

The Hawaii State Senate will convene a special session to review six judicial appointments, including Kirstin Hamman in Maui’s 2nd Circuit Court.

The process will begin with a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing at 9 a.m. Wednesday, followed by a floor session at 10 a.m. Thursday and a separate decision-making meeting of the Judiciary Committee at 10:30 a.m.

Final Senate votes on the appointments are expected at 11 a.m. Oct. 29.

Along with Hamman, senators will also consider the appointments of Clarissa Malinao, Kevin Morikone and Shanlyn Park to the 1st Circuit Court on Oahu, and Wendy DeWeese and Kimberly Taniyama to the 3rd Circuit Court on Hawaii island.

To testify on the hearings via videoconference, visit capitol.hawaii.gov and click on “2021 3rd Special Session” to submit written testimony on a specific appointee. Testifiers should select “yes” when asked if they will be testifying remotely for the hearing. Written testimony is required to participate via videoconference and must be submitted at least 24 hours before the hearing. Additional information and details are on the Legislature’s website.

The special session will only address the six pending judicial appointments.

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