On August 21, 2014, the HAWSCT issued an Order of Suspension, suspending former Hawaii Second Circuit District Court Judge Mimi DesJardins from the practice of law for 120 days.
DesJardins’s suspension was the result of an investigation by the Commission on Judicial Conduct that revealed she “altered ten Judicial Determination of Probably Cause documents” while serving a district court judge on Maui. Slip Op. at 1-2. According to the HAWSCT, her “conduct involv[ed] dishonesty and deceit.” Id. at 2. Separately, DesJardins also pleaded no contest to one count of tampering with a government record.
In administering the discipline, the HAWSCT found that “[t]he misconduct was prejudicial to the performance of Respondent DesJardins’s duty as a judge to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice, brought her judicial office into disrepute, and undermines public confidence in the judiciary.”
Mitigating factors weighing in favor of DesJardins included her “clean disciplinary record,” admission of wrongdoing, reputation, pro bono work, cooperation, and expression of remorse.
The HAWSCT’s full order is available here.