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City & County of Honolulu v. Nakasone

Supreme Court of Hawaii

August 22, 2013

CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU and NATHAN EVANS, Petitioners,
v.
THE HONORABLE KAREN T. NAKASONE, JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FIRST CIRCUIT, STATE OF HAWAI'I, Respondent Judge, and CLEO JUSTO, ROSALINDA JUSTO, SHIERYL JUSTO, JASON JUSTO, and STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY, Respondents.

ORIGINAL PROCEEDING (CIV. NO. 10-1-1558-07; CIV. NO. 10-1-2552-01; CIV. NO. 11-1-02392)

Recktenwald, C.J., Nakayama, Acoba, McKenna, and Pollack, JJ.

ORDER DENYING PETITION FOR WRIT OF MANDAMUS

Upon consideration of petitioners City and County of Honolulu and Nathan Evans' petition for a writ of mandamus, filed on August 7, 2013, the documents attached thereto and submitted in support thereof, and the record, it appears that petitioners do not have a clear and indisputable right to the requested relief and can seek appellate review of the November 7, 2012 summary judgment order once final judgment is entered in the case. Petitioners, therefore, are not entitled to a writ of mandamus. See Kema v. Gaddis, 91 Hawai'i 200, 204, 982 P.2d 334, 338 (1999) (a writ of mandamus is an extraordinary remedy that will not issue unless the petitioner demonstrates a clear and indisputable right to relief and a lack of alternative means to redress adequately the alleged wrong or obtain the requested action); Honolulu Advertiser, Inc. v. Takao, 59 Haw. 237, 241, 580 P.2d 58, 62 (1978) (a writ of mandamus is not intended to supersede the legal discretionary authority of the trial courts, cure a mere legal error or serve as a legal remedy in lieu of normal appellate procedure; rather, it is meant to restrain a judge ...


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