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Todd Eddins unanimously confirmed to Hawaii Supreme Court

Circuit Court Judge Todd Eddins became Hawaii’s newest associate Supreme Court justice today with a unanimous vote of all 25 state senators, including two who voted with reservations.

Eddins, 56, will serve a 10-year term on Hawaii’s highest court, which is comprised of four associate justices and Chief Judge Mark Recktenwald. The court has a mandatory retirement age of 70.

“Todd W. Eddins has been confirmed as associate justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court,” senate President Ron Kouchi announced in the Senate chamber after the vote.

Sen. Karl Rhoads, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee that questioned Eddins for nearly three hours on Monday, then introduced Eddins, his wife and two youngest of four children via video.

“I’m pleased to introduce our new associate justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Todd Eddins,” Rhoads said, followed by applause from senators.

Before Eddins was confirmed, Rhoads said that Eddins had presided over more than 80 felony jury trials as a Circuit Court judge since 2017.

Eddins also presided over 26 domestic violence jury trials and had filled in on the Hawaii Supreme Court as a substitute associate justice “in several cases” while also teaching as an adjunct professor at Eddins’ law school alma mater, the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law.

Sens. Mike Gabbard (D, Makakilo-Kapolei) and Kurt Fevella (R, Ewa Beach-Iroquois Point) voted to confirm Eddins with reservations.

Last month Gov. David Ige nominated Eddins to replace associate Justice Richard Pollack, who retired in July after reaching the court’s mandatory retirement age.

Chief Justice Recktenwald also appointed Deputy Public Defender Stephanie Char to Kauai’s Fifth Circuit Family Court.

Following their vote on Eddins, the senators then unanimously confirmed Char.

Char has been serving as a supervising Deputy Public Defender while managing her own case load, Rhoads told the Senate.

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