Did you know that your Judge has to taken an oath based on Judicial Canons? 
This is called Hawaii Code of Judicial Conduct.

These rules are outlined in great detail and can be viewed here.  See the Judicial Oversight Commission page if your lawyer is in violation.

What are some of the warning signs that things aren't going right between you and your Judge?

  • Does your judge show a pattern of behaving or ruling in a manner that is:
  1. Preventing or hindering you from receiving full, fair, impartial hearings or the full, fair impartial administration of justice?
  2. You have seen evidence that would lead a reasonable person to believe they could be prevented or hindered from receiving full, fair, impartial hearings or the full, fair impartial administration of justice.
  • Does your judge violate his/her oath of office instead of agressively pursuing justice for ALL?
  • Does your judge make faces at you, call you names, point at you?
  • Does your judge make rulings and assert opinions before evidentiary hearing?
  • Does your judge ignore evidence?
  • Are you denied Discovery?
  • Are the violations of Court Orders not upheld on the opposing party?
  • Are laws stated as "irrelevant" or "not applicable" in the Courtroom?
  • Are you not allowed to present your evidence or testimony, or the testimony of witnesses?

If yes, these are a few signs that your judge is legislating from the bench, acting with extreme bias and is in violation of his Canons.

JUDICIAL CANONS:

  1. A JUDGE SHALL UPHOLD AND PROMOTE THE INDEPENDENCE, INTEGRITY, AND IMPARTIALITY OF THE JUDICIARY AND SHALL AVOID IMPROPRIETY AND THE APPEARANCE OF IMPROPRIETY
  2. A JUDGE SHALL PERFORM THE DUTIES OF JUDICIAL OFFICE IMPARTIALLY, COMPETENTLY, AND DILIGENTLY
  3. A JUDGE SHALL CONDUCT THE JUDGE’S PERSONAL AND EXTRAJUDICIAL ACTIVITIES TO MINIMIZE THE RISK OF CONFLICT WITH THE DUTIES OF JUDICIAL OFFICE.
  4. A JUDGE SHALL NOT ENGAGE IN POLITICAL ACTIVITY THAT IS INCONSISTENT WITH THE INDEPENDENCE, INTEGRITY, OR IMPARTIALITY OF THE JUDICIARY.
More detail can be found by viewing the link on The Code of Judicial Conduct.

If you feel your Judge is in violation of his Canons, please see the page on Judicial Oversight Commission.

 


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If you or someone you know has been involved with Hawaii's Department of Child Welfare Services (regardless of what island you're on), please take a survey HERE.

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