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Cahill Governor’s Choice for Maui Judge

June 12, 2012, 1:23 PM HST
* Updated June 12, 5:57 PM
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Peter T. Cahill. Courtesy photo.

By Wendy Osher

UPDATE: Just hours after announcing his selection of Peter T. Cahill as a judicial nomination to the Second Circuit Court on Maui, Governor Neil Abercrombie was informed that the appointment was made two days late.  The update can be found at the following direct LINK.

Governor Neil Abercrombie today announced the appointment of Peter T. Cahill as Judge to the Second Circuit on Maui.

Cahill fills the vacancy created by the recent retirement of Judge Shackley Raffetto.

In making the announcement today, Gov. Abercrombie said, “Peter brings great energy, intellectual focus, and commitment to this judgeship.”


Cahill responded to the news saying, “I feel privileged and honored that the governor would consider and nominate me to serve the people of Maui and the State of Hawai’i.”


Cahill was selected from a list of nominees provided to the governor by the Judicial Selection Commission.  The appointment, which is subject to state Senate confirmation, is for a 10-year term.

Cahill is a partner in his own firm, Cahill & O’Neill, with a focus on injury and wrongful death cases in Hawai’i.

He was previously a lawyer at Krueger & Cahill and Law Office of James Krueger.


Now 55, Cahill earned his BA at Seton Hall University and his JD from Notre Dame Law School.

Circuit Court judges are appointed to 10-year terms by the governor from a list of not less than four and not more than six nominees provided by the Judicial Selection Commission. The governor’s judicial appointees are subject to the consent of the state Senate.

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