HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The United States District Court, for the District of Hawaii, has appointed a merit selection panel to assist the court in the selection of a new magistrate judge. A vacancy will arise when Judge Barry M Kurren, who has served as a United States Magistrate Judge since 1992, retires at the end of his third term in March 2016.
The selection panel chair is Bert Sakuda, who is joined by attorneys Paul Alston, Erika Lewis Amatore, Joachim Cox, Patricia McHenry, Michael Nakano, and Lynn Panagakos, and by non-lawyer community members Craig Howes and Pono Shim.
Application forms are available on the website of the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii and must be mailed to the panel, postmarked no later than September 15, 2015, addressed to:
Bert Sakuda, Chair
Magistrate Judge Selection Panel
841 Bishop St #600
Honolulu HI 96813
Magistrate judges handle civil pretrial and evidentiary proceedings, civil trials with consent of the parties, preliminary criminal proceedings, the trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases, and other matters authorized by federal law. Magistrate judges are appointed to eight-year terms with a current annual salary of $185,012.
Applicants should have a minimum of five years of experience as licensed attorneys, be less than 70 years old, and not be related to a judge of the district court. The panel may request additional information from applicants. Information regarding the position, qualifications, and application process can be found on the court website or by contacting Sue Beitia, Clerk of Court, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All applications will be kept confidential, unless an applicant consents to disclosure; all selection panel deliberations will remain confidential pursuant to law. Appointment of the new magistrate judge will be subject to an FBI investigation and to IRS clearance.