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Bruce A. Frank v. State of Hawaii

IN THE INTERMEDIATE COURT OF APPEALS OF THE STATE OF HAWAII


November 30, 2012

BRUCE A. FRANK, PETITIONER-APPELLANT,
v.
STATE OF HAWAII, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT

APPEAL FROM THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE THIRD CIRCUIT (S.P.P. NO. 11-1-008K)

NOT FOR PUBLICATION IN WEST'S HAWAII REPORTS AND PACIFIC REPORTER

ORDER DISMISSING APPEAL FOR LACK OF APPELLATE JURISDICTION (By: Fujise, Presiding Judge, Reifurth and Ginoza, JJ.)

Upon review of the record, it appears that we lack jurisdiction over Petitioner-Appellant Bruce A. Frank's

(Appellant Frank) appeal from the Honorable Elizabeth A.

Strance's December 2, 2011 "Order Setting Hearing to Set

Restitution Payments" (the December 2, 2011 interlocutory order) in S.P.P. No. 11-1-008K, because the December 2, 2011 interlocutory order is not an appealable final judgment pursuant to Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) § 641-1(a) (1993 & Supp. 2011), Rule 40(h) of the Hawaii Rules of Penal Procedure (HRPP), and the holding in Grattafiori v. State, 79 Hawaii 10, 13, 897 P.2d 937, 940 (1995).

"The right of appeal in a criminal case is purely statutory and exists only when given by some constitutional or statutory provision." State v. Poohina, 97 Hawaii 505, 509, 40 P.3d 907, 911 (2002) (citation and internal quotation marks omitted). "In a circuit court criminal case, a defendant may appeal from the judgment of the circuit court, see HRS § 641-11 (1993), from a certified interlocutory order, see HRS § 641-17 (1993), or from an interlocutory order denying a motion to dismiss based on double jeopardy." State v. Kealaiki, 95 Hawaii 309, 312, 22 P.3d 588, 591 (2001) (citation omitted). Therefore, pursuant to HRS § 641-11 (Supp. 2011) and "HRPP [Rule] 40(h), appeals from proceedings for post-conviction relief may be made from a judgment entered in the proceeding and must be taken in accordance with Rule 4(b) of the Hawaii Rules of Appellate Procedure (HRAP)." Grattafiori, 79 Hawaii at 13, 897 P.2d at 940 (1995) (internal quotation marks and brackets omitted). In the instant case, the circuit court has not yet entered a final judgment or final order that resolves all of the issues raised in Appellant Frank's HRPP Rule 40 petition for post-conviction relief. The December 2, 2011 interlocutory order resolves some, but not all, of the issues raised in Appellant Frank's HRPP Rule 40 petition for post-conviction relief. According to the language of the December 2, 2011 interlocutory order, the circuit court intends to determine the manner in which Appellant Frank must pay the restitution portion of the sentence that the circuit court imposed against Appellant Frank in a September 26, 2000 judgment of conviction in Criminal No. 98- 252K, but the record in S.P.P. No. 11-1-008K shows that the circuit court has not yet made this determination. Therefore, the December 2, 2011 interlocutory order is not appealable pursuant to HRS § 641-11 and HRPP Rule 40(h). Appellant Frank's appeal from the December 2, 2011 interlocutory order is premature, and we lack appellate jurisdiction. Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that appeal is dismissed for lack of appellate jurisdiction without prejudice to Appellant Frank asserting a timely appeal from a future final judgment or final order that resolves the final remaining issue in his HRPP Rule 40 petition for post-conviction relief in S.P.P. No. 11-1-008K.

Presiding Judge Associate Judge Associate Judge

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