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Honolulu lawyer selected to become district judge

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:17 a.m. HST, Jul 13, 2013

Honolulu lawyer James H. Ashford has been appointed to a six-year term as a district judge on Oahu, the state Judiciary said Friday.

Ashford will replace Dean Ochiai who was selected as a Honolulu Circuit Court judge.

Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald named Ashford from a list of candidates from the Judicial Selection Commission.

Ashford, a partner in the law firm of Cades Schutte, focused on commercial litigation, employment law, construction and condominium disputes and other types of civil cases, according to the judiciary.

The appointment is subject to Senate confirmation.

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Mythman wrote:
Ashford's a good lawyer........mark recktenwald is such a welcome change from Moon
on July 12,2013 | 06:38PM
64hoo wrote:
I wonder what happens if his other partners have a case before him. will he have another judge take the case, because of his relationship with his partners. he could be bias if he took a case that his former partners have in his court.
on July 12,2013 | 09:46PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
conflict of interest is a threshold question in any legal matter, regardless of whether you are an advocate or adjudicant.
on July 12,2013 | 10:41PM
KKawa wrote:
Judges in such a situation recuse themselves from hearing a case in which they have dealt with one of the parties (whether it be a colleague, or opposing counsel in a case). Ashford is about the most honest attorney you'll find anywhere. High integrity. And very a-political. His appointment is a testament to the leadership and character of Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald. Yes, the Moon has set and the sunshine is here.
on July 13,2013 | 07:35AM
cojef wrote:
Recuse himself from any case where there would seem to be a conflict of interests is the general rule.
on July 13,2013 | 07:36AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Another lawyer jumping on the band wagon. If he stays 10 years, he gets full retirement, with medical, from the State Retirement System without putting a penny into the system.
on July 13,2013 | 07:32AM
KKawa wrote:
Huh? Ashford is currently a partner at the premier law firm in town. He is taking a 50% pay-cut to serve the public. "Another lawyer jumping on the band wagon"? One must be a lawyer first in order to be a judge.
on July 13,2013 | 08:52AM
Bdpapa wrote:
A lot of private industry people jump on the 10 year retirement thing. I object to the free retirement to State judges.
on July 13,2013 | 10:21AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Judge Ochiai impressed me when I served as a juror on one of his cases. Very sharp guy.
on July 13,2013 | 10:30AM
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