The Hawaii State Senate has confirmed Judge Michael D. Wilson as an associate justice to the state Supreme Court on Monday.
Senators voted 23 to 1 in favor of the nomination. Sen. Roz Baker had the lone dissenting vote.
Wilson will fill the vacancy when Associate Justice Simeon Acoba retires this month.
Judge Wilson, 60, has served on the First Judicial Circuit since 2000, presiding over the felony trial calendar, drug court and mental health court. Previously, he was a chairperson of the Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources and Commission, commissioner for the Kahoolawe Island Reserve Commission and executive director for the state Division of Consumer Advocacy.
The Hawaii State Bar Association testified before a Senate committee saying that Judge Wilson was "unqualified" for the state Supreme Court position.