Judges for Justice v. Nakamoto

Judges for Justice, a Washington nonprofit, filed a motion to unseal in In re Schweitzer, S.P. No. 07-1-0007.  The only filings in the case (two stipulations) had been sealed without explanation.  The motion to unseal outlined the recent Hawai`i Supreme Court cases that require a circuit court to explain why filings continue to be sealed.  The Honorable Henry T. Nakamoto denied the motion to unseal and ordered monetary sanctions ($17,075.11) against Judges for Justice because it was not a party to the Schweitzer proceeding.  On February 21, 2020, Judges for Justice filed a petition for writs of prohibition and mandamus with the Hawai`i Supreme Court, challenging the continued sealing without justification as well as the refusal to consider, and order of sanctions for filing, a non-party motion to unseal.  On September 9, 2020, the Hawai`i Supreme Court denied the petition in light of a pending appeal filed by Judges for Justice to challenge the imposition of sanctions.  No. SCPW-20-85.