The Associated Press - The state commission overseeing court appointments made by the governor has decided to publicly release the names of judicial candidates. The nine-member Judicial Selection Commission will now disclose names of nominees being considered for state Supreme, Appeals and Circuit courts.
The rule change comes in the wake of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser's lawsuit over Gov. Neil Abercrombie's refusal to release the panel's candidates when he made three judicial appointments this year. An attorney representing the newspaper said the decision ensures the public's right to know the names of candidates going forward. While the lawsuit is still pending, 1st Circuit Court Judge Karl Sakamoto ruled last week that Abercrombie must release the candidate lists for his recent appointments.