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Hawaiʻi State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Judge Matthew Viola

Judge Matthew J. Viola
Senior Family Court Judge of the Family Court of the First Circuit Court

Wednesday, June 15
1:45 pm – 3:00 pm – Roundtable – CWS

Matthew J. Viola is currently the Senior Family Court Judge of the Family Court of the First Circuit Court.  He became a First Circuit Court judge on December 20, 2017.  From 2017 to 2018, he presided over the misdemeanor domestic violence calendar.  From December 2018 to June 2021, he was the presiding judge for the First Circuit Court’s Drug Court Program, the Mental Health Court and the Veterans Treatment Court.  He also presided over a HOPE probation docket.

Prior to becoming a First Circuit Court judge, he was a Family/District Court judge, where he presided over a full range of judge of family court matters, including divorces, paternity cases, guardianships, domestic violence restraining order cases, and child abuse and neglect cases.  From 2010 to 2017, he was the presiding judge of the Juvenile Drug Court of the First Circuit.

Prior to his appointment as a Family Court judge in 2010, Judge Viola was in private practice as a lawyer, primarily handling employment law and general civil litigation cases.  While working as a sole practitioner, Judge Viola also served as a Family Court per diem judge from 2002 to 2010.  He was also an adjunct professor at the William S. Richardson School of Law (2002 to 2005) and a lecturer at Kapi`olani Community College, Legal Education Department (2002-2007).

Judge Viola received his B.A. from Williams College (1984).  After graduating from Stanford Law School with distinction in 1991, Judge Viola worked as an associate attorney with a San Francisco law firm for two years before clerking for Hawaii Supreme Court Justice Paula Nakayama from 1993 to 1995.

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