STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1718

                                   Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                     , 1999

                                   RE:   JUD. COMM. NO. 1
                                        




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 Judiciary
Communication No. 1, submitting for study and consideration the
nomination of:

     CALVIN K. MURASHIGE, judicial nominee to the District Court
of the Fifth Circuit, for a term of Six Years, 

begs leave to report as follows:

     Upon review of the background information submitted by the
nominee, your Committee finds that Calvin K. Murashige holds an
A.B. degree from Hamilton College and a J.D. degree from George
Washington University.  Mr. Murashige has 26 years of law
experience and has served as a member of the Defender Council,
the Standard Civil Injury Committee, and the Committee on
Integration of the Bar.  He has also served as a delegate to the
Hawaii State Judicial Conference.  His community activities
include Scoutmaster for Troop 148, Aloha Council BSA, member of
the Board of Directors of Ae Kamali'i Preschool, and moderator
for Lihue Christian Church.

     Testimony in support of the nominee was submitted to your
Committee by:  the Hawaii State Bar Association; the Honorable
George Masuoka; eight members of the legal community; and three
private citizens.  All testimony unanimously supported the
nomination of Mr. Murashige by indicating that he is extremely
competent, of high moral character, caring, fair, impartial,
compassionate, and possesses the highest level of integrity.
Further, testifiers acknowledged that Mr. Murashige possesses the
legal knowledge and ability, professional experience, judicial

 
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temperament, and diligence needed to be highly qualified as a
judge in the Fifth Circuit District Court.  

     Your Committee members diligently questioned the nominee
regarding his legal experience, his views on how to improve the
family court system on Kauai, and his beliefs about juvenile
offenders.  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,



                                   ______________________________
                                   AVERY B. CHUMBLEY, Co-Chair



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                                   MATTHEW M. MATSUNAGA, Co-Chair

 
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