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Ige nominates two District Court judges to Circuit Court seats

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Gov. David Ige announced two judicial appointments Wednesday.

District Court judge Shirley M. Kawamura is nomiated to the First Circuit Court on Oahu, and District Family Court judge Melvin H. Fujino to Third Circuit Court on Hawaii island.

Kawamura, 43, has been a District Court judge since 2012. She is a former commercial and insurance defense litigator at Kawashima Lorusso, LLP, and previously worked as a trial deputy at the Public Defender’s office, according to a press release from Ige’s office. Kawamura is a 1994 graduate of Brown University and 1997 graduate of the Stanford Law Center.

Fujino, 55, became a District Family Court judge in 2008, previously working as deputy attorney general in the Statewide Wiretap Review Unit and Asset Forfeiture program. Fujino was also a prosecutor for the West Hawaii branch of the Hawaii County Prosecutor’s Office. He is a 1981 graduate of the University of Washington and 1985 graduate of the Gonzaga School of Law.

Gov. Ige selected Kawamura and Fujino from a list of nominees provided by the Judicial Selection Commission, and their appointments are subject to senate confirmation.

“We were fortunate to have a highly qualified pool of nominees. We appreciate their time and the effort that this process required. I extend my warmest congratulations to Judge Kawamura and Judge Fujino,” said Gov. Ige.

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