The Bench/Bar Committee, co-chaired by the Presidents of the HSBA and Hawaii State Trial Judges Association, meets quarterly to discuss and try to resolve concerns regarding judges and attorneys, as well as more global administration of justice issues.
The primary role of the Committee is to serve as a confidential clearinghouse for concerns by the bench and bar. The Committee is not intended to serve as a substitute for the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, Judicial Discipline Commission, or any other existing body. Rather, the Committee will handle cases where no formal disciplinary action is contemplated by the bench and bar, and confidentiality is essential. It is designed to provide positive corrective measures at an early state.
Please help spread the word about this committee and encourage members to contact any of the following committee members with their concerns: Co-Chair Judge Colette Garibaldi, Judge Derrick Chan, Judge Colleen Hirai, Judge Ronald Ibarra, Judge Edward Nacino, Judge Shackley Raffetto, Judge Trudy Senda; and Co-Chair Jeffrey Sia, Peter Cahill, Ellen Carson, Mark Davis, Brook Hart, Harvey Henderson, Charlene Iboshi, Adrienne King, and Jeffrey Portnoy.