Lingle nominates three to Circuit Court judgeships

Lingle nominates three to Circuit Court judgeships

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Governor Linda Lingle announced Wednesday three nominees to fill vacancies on Hawaii's First Circuit Court bench. Per Diem District Judge Jeannette Castagnetti and District Judges Colette Garibaldi and Faauuga Tootoo were submitted to the state senate on Tuesday, which has 30 days to act on the nominations.

"The input I received from the public on these candidates focused on their professional dedication, knowledge of the law and their integrity" said Lingle in a statement.

Castagnetti has served as a per diem district court judge since 2007. She is a partner with the Honolulu law firm Bronster Hoshibata. She previously served as a deputy prosecuting attorney for the City of Honolulu. She earned her law degree from California Western School of Law.

Garibaldi has been a First Circuit district court judge for the past 13 years. Prior to that she served for nine years as a per diem District Court judge. She is currently is the District Court lead criminal trial judge. Garibaldi also served as a deputy prosecuting attorney in Honolulu. She is a graduate of the Loyola School of Law in Los Angeles.

Tootoo has been a district court judge of the First Circuit since 1994. Prior to that, he served as a Honolulu deputy prosecutor for ten years. Tootoo is a graduate of the St. Louis University School of Law.

If confirmed by the Senate, the three would fill vacancies created by the retirement of Circuit Judges Eden Elizabeth Hifo, Colleen Hirai and Michael Town. Governor Lingle selected the nominees from three lists of six candidates each submitted to her by the Judicial Selection Commission on June 21. Some of the candidates' names were on more than one list. The governor had asked the public for their input on the judicial nominations.

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