Governor Ige appoints Judge Todd Eddins to Hawaii Supreme Court

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — Governor David Ige announced his appointment of First Circuit Court Judge Todd Eddins to the Hawai‘i Supreme Court.

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Eddins’ nomination still faces state senate approval. If confirmed, the Judge would become the fourth and newest Associate Justice, filling the seat vacated by retired Associate Justice Richard Pollack.

The four original nominees were first publically announced in September. Todd W. Eddins, a First Circuit Court judge, Darolyn Lendio Heim, a District Court judge in Honolulu, David M. Forman, Director of the Environmental Law Program at the William S. Richardson School of Law and Benjamin E. Lowenthal, a deputy public defender, were among the finalists.

Governor Ige backed his decision to nominate Eddins saying that the Judge brought “a breath of experience.”

The Governor also praised Judge Eddins’ extensive background in local legal matters, namely his case and legal motion resolves as well as his service on judicial committees, in jury instructions and his time served as a substitute justice on the Hawaii Supreme Court in several cases.

“Todd has demonstrated that he understands the law and the role of a judge in ensuring fair and impartial decisions in our judicial systems,” said Governor Ige.

The First Circuit Court Judge assured that his allegiance would remain to the “rule of law” if approved to serve on the Hawaii Supreme Court.

The date of Eddins’ senate confirmation hearing is still to be determined.

Below is a look at his legal and educational background:

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