State Senate to Convene Special Session to Review Judicial Appointments

June 8, 2022 at 5:00 PM HST
* Updated June 8, 3:09 PM

The Hawaiʻi State Senate will convene a special session for the purpose of reviewing the judicial appointments of Jill M. Hasegawa and Joanna E. Sokolow to the District Family Court of the 3rd Circuit – Hawaiʻi Island and Gregory H. Meyers to the District Court of the 5th Circuit – Kauai.

The process will begin with a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, chaired by Sen. Karl Rhoads on Thursday, June 16, 2022, at 10:30 am

The Senate will convene in a floor session on Monday, June 20 at 11 am. This will be followed by a separate decision-making meeting of the Judiciary Committee at 11:30 am

Final Senate votes on the appointments are expected on Tuesday, June 21 at 10 am

View the hearing notice here.


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 use the Legislature’s website at 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. Additional information and details are on the Legislature’s website.

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

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