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State Senate schedules special session on judicial nominees

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The state Senate will meet in a two-day special session next week to consider two nominations by Gov. David Ige to the state Circuit Court, and a third nomination to Honolulu District Court.

The Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee will meet Tuesday to hear testimony and consider the nominations of Shirley M. Kawamura to the First Circuit Court on O‘ahu, and of District Family Court Judge Melvin H. Fujino to the Third Circuit Court on Hawai‘i Island.

The committee will also consider Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald’s nomination of James C. McWhinnie to District Court on O‘ahu.

The full Senate will then convene at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, with a final floor vote on the nominations by the full senate scheduled for Friday, Nov. 6. 

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