STAND. COM. REP. NO. 62

                                   Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                     , 1999

                                   RE:  GOV. MSG. NO. 131
                                        




Honorable Norman Mizuguchi
President of the Senate
Twentieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 1999
State of Hawaii

Sir:

     Your Committee on Judiciary, to which was referred
Governor's Message No. 131, submitting for study and
consideration the nomination of:

     REYNALDO D. GRAULTY, gubernatorial nominee to the Circuit
Court of the First Circuit, for a term of Ten Years, 

begs leave to report as follows:

     Upon review of the background information submitted by the
nominee, your Committee finds that Reynaldo D. Graulty holds a
Bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Albany
and a J.D. degree from the University of Hawaii Richardson School
of Law.  Mr. Graulty has seventeen years of legal experience in
private practice and served eight years in the Hawaii State
Legislature, first as a State Representative and subsequently as
a State Senator.  In addition, Mr. Graulty was appointed to serve
as the State Insurance Commissioner in 1997.  Mr. Graulty has
been honored with several awards and recognition, including being
named as one of the Five Outstanding Freshmen Legislators from
the Twelfth State Legislature by the Honolulu Star Bulletin and
awarded "Senator of the Year" for exemplary public service in
1995 by Common Cause Hawaii.  Mr. Graulty also serves on the
Board of Directors for the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii and is a
member of the Juvenile Justice State Advisory Council.

     Testimony in support of the nominee was submitted to your
Committee by:  the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs;
the Office of the Public Defender; the Chief Deputy Public
Defender; Hawaii State Bar Association; twenty-five business and

 
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community organizations; sixteen members of the legal community;
and eleven private citizens.  All testimony unanimously supported
the nomination of Mr. Graulty by indicating that he is fair,
impartial, compassionate, intelligent, hard working, and possess
the highest level of integrity.  Further, testifiers acknowledged
that Mr. Graulty possesses the legal knowledge and ability,
professional experience, judicial temperament, and diligence
needed to be qualified as a judge in the First Circuit Court.
Testimony was submitted by the Prosecuting Attorney for the City
and County of Honolulu, commending the personal attributes of Mr.
Graulty but raising concerns regarding the selection of Mr.
Graulty over more experienced District Court Judges.

     Your Committee members diligently questioned the nominee
regarding his legal experience and the concerns expressed by the
Prosecuting Attorney.  In addition, your Committee questioned Mr.
Graulty regarding his views on tort reform and whether he would
face potential conflicts as a circuit court judge based upon his
years as a legislator crafting these same laws.  Your Committee
believes that the nominee adequately responded to the Committee's
inquiries.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Judiciary that is attached to this report, your
Committee, after full consideration of the background, character,
experience, and qualifications of the nominee, has found the
nominee to be qualified for the position to which nominated and
recommends that the Senate consent to the nomination.

                                   Respectfully submitted on
                                   behalf of the members of the
                                   Committee on Judiciary,



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                                   AVERY B. CHUMBLEY, Co-Chair



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                                   MATTHEW M. MATSUNAGA, Co-Chair

 
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