Senate to review judicial appointment


The Hawaii State Senate will convene a special session to review the appointment of Annalisa Bernard as a District Court judge in Maui County’s 2nd Circuit.

The process will begin with a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, chaired by Sen. Karl Rhoads, at 11 a.m. Thursday in Conference Room 229, according to a Senate news release.

The Senate will convene in a floor session at 10 a.m. Monday. This will be followed by 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. Tuesday.

Members of the public can submit in-person testimony or testify via videoconference. Pre-registration is not required for those who prefer to testify in person. Those who wish to testify via videoconference should visit capitol.hawaii.gov to submit their written testimony and 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.

The special session will only address the pending judicial appointment.


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