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Senate to hold special session to vote on two judicial appointments

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 5:27 a.m. HST, Jun 20, 2012

The state Senate will meet in a special session June 28-29 to take confirmation votes on judge appointees Richard Pollack to the Hawaii Supreme Court and Peter Cahill to the Circuit Court bench on Maui.

The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor will hold public hearings on the appointments of Pollack on Friday and Cahill next Tuesday. Both hearings are scheduled at 11 a.m. at the state Capitol. Following the submittal of the committee’s recommendations, a final vote by the full Senate will take place on June 29.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie appointed Pollack on June 5 to serve as an associate justice on the Hawaii Supreme Court. Pollack has been an Oahu Circuit Court judge since 2000. If confirmed by the Senate, he will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice James Duffy Jr.

The Judicial Selection Commission appointed Cahill on June 14 to fill a position opened by the recent retirement of Judge Shackley F. Raffetto from the 2nd Circuit Court on Maui. Cahill is a partner at the firm Cahill & O’Neil.

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