Senate Confirms Judge Pollack to the Supreme Court

June 29, 2012, 1:59 PM HST · Updated June 29, 2:00 PM
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Hawaii State Senate Confirms Judge Richard W. Pollack to the Supreme Court. Photo Courtesy: Hawai’i State Senate Communications

Posted by Wendy Osher

The Hawaii State Senate today confirmed Judge Richard W. Pollack as an Associate Justice to the Supreme Court during a special session.

Pollack was nominated by Governor Neil Abercrombie and confirmed by the state Senate.

He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice James E. Duffy, Jr.

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“We are confident that Justice Pollack will serve the Supreme Court well with his extensive experience as a judge in the Circuit Court,” said Senate President Shan Tsutsui.

“We believe he will uphold our state constitution and work to ensure that the laws are applied fairly, equally and appropriately for all the people of Hawaii,” said Tsutsui.

“Judge Richard Pollack will be a valuable asset to the Hawaii Supreme Court. His compassion, integrity and knowledge of the law will guide him in service to the people of Hawaii. I am honored to have Chaired his confirmation,” said Clayton Hee, Chairman of the Committee on Judiciary and Labor.

Justice Pollack, 61, has been serving as a judge in the Circuit Court since 2000, presiding over the civil and criminal trial calendar. During that time, he served as a substitute justice and substitute Intermediate Court of Appeals judge on numerous occasions.

Justice Pollack is an adjunct professor at the William S. Richardson School of Law where he currently teaches Law of Evidence and Criminal Procedure.

Prior to his appointment to the Circuit Court bench, Pollack served as the State Public Defender from 1987 to 2000.

***Supporting information courtesy Hawai’i Senate Communications.

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