The Hawai‘i State Senate in their second special session of 2020 has confirmed the judicial appointments of First Circuit Court Judge Todd Eddins to the Hawaiʻi State Supreme Court and Stephanie R.S. Char to the District Family Court of the Fifth Circuit.
Hawaiʻi Supreme Court Associate Justice Richard Pollack retired in June after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70, leaving a vacancy on the State's highest court.
The Chair of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Senator Karl Rhoads (Dist. 13) stated, “After careful consideration by members of the Judiciary Committee and the entire State Senate, I’m confident that both Justice Eddins and Judge Char will serve our communities well in their new roles on the State Supreme Court and the District Family Court of the Fifth Circuit."
Justice Eddins served as a judge of the Circuit Court of the First Circuit since 2017, where he primarily presided over criminal cases. Prior to that appointment, he was in private practice handling criminal, civil, and appellate cases for thirteen years. Previous to that, he was a Deputy Public Defender in the State Office of the Public Defender from 1992 to 2004. At the beginning of his legal career, he was a law clerk for then-Associate Justice Yoshimi Hayashi of the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court. Justice Eddins is a graduate of Hawaiʻi Baptist Academy, the College of William & Mary, and the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law.
Judge Char has spent her legal career as a public defender in the State Office of the Public Defender, primarily on Kaua‘i, since 2003; most recently she served as a Supervising Deputy Public Defender. She is active in the Kauaʻi and legal communities, having been a member of the Kauaʻi Criminal Defense Bar, the Kaua‘i Economic Opportunity Advisory Board for Mediation Program, and the Hawai‘i State Board of Continuing Legal Education. Judge Char graduated from Kapa‘a High School and received her undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Denver and her law degree from the University of San Diego Law School.