Kapolei Court Complex Opening

The Kapolei Court Complex located at the junction of Kapolei Parkway and Kamokila Boulevard across from Costco, will be opening in phases beginning in February, 2010. The Kapolei Court Complex will include the Family Court of the First Circuit; District Court of the First Circuit, Waianae Division; and juvenile detention facility.

The juvenile detention facility moved from its prior location on Alder Street to the Kapolei detention facility on February 27, 2010. From March 1 through March 25, 2010, hearings involving juveniles who have been detained will take place at the Kapolei juvenile detention facility. Beginning on March 29, 2010, hearings involving juveniles who have been detained will be held at the Kapolei detention facility and Kapolei court building.

The Kapolei court building includes twelve non-jury courtrooms and one jury courtroom. Waianae District Court currently located in Nanakuli will move to the Kapolei court building. All cases previously heard at the Waianae District Court in Nanakuli will be heard at the Kapolei court building beginning on March 22, 2010. Family Court will move to the Kapolei court building. Family Court hearings will be held at the Kapolei court building beginning on March 29, 2010.

The three adult criminal divisions of the Family Court that are currently located in Honolulu District Court on Alakea Street will remain at that location. The presiding Family Court judge in courtroom 8D will be the primary judge available in Honolulu to sign emergency orders.

Five courtrooms will remain available for the Family Court at the First Circuit Court on Punchbowl Street. Three courtrooms will be equipped with video teleconferencing equipment which will be able to connect to the courtrooms in the Kapolei court building. Video teleconferencing of Family Court proceedings between the courtrooms at the First Circuit Court and the Kapolei court building will require the prior written permission of the presiding judge. Certain hearings and trials may be set for hearing at the First Circuit Court.

The Temporary Restraining Order Unit of the Adult Services Branch will be available at the First Circuit Court every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to process Family Court temporary restraining order (TRO) applications. Ala Kuola will also continue to process TROs in Honolulu. TRO hearings will be held at the Kapolei court building.

The Kids First Program will be conducted at the First Circuit Court on the first, third, and fifth Wednesday of the month and the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at the Kapolei court building. The initiating party will be able to select the location, however, the opposing party may ask to attend the program at the other location.

Family Court documents may be filed at either the First Circuit Court or Kapolei court building. Documents will be delivered by courier twice a day at designated times. Scanning of some Family Court documents will also be taking place. Court jackets for Family Court attorneys that are currently located on the second floor will be moved to the first floor of the First Circuit Court. Attorneys who currently have court jackets on the second floor at the First Circuit Court will be provided with court jackets at the Kapolei court building. Attorneys who do not currently have jackets on the second floor at the First Circuit Court may apply for court jackets at the Kapolei court building.

The address of the Kapolei court building is 4675 Kapolei Parkway, Kapolei, Hawaii 96707. The address of the juvenile detention facility is 287 Kamokila Boulevard, Kapolei, Hawaii 96707. Additional information is available through the Judiciary's website at www.courts.state.hi.us, which will be updated periodically and telephone numbers will be listed, as they become available.

Metered parking stalls including handicapped accessible stalls for the public are available at the Kapolei court building and the juvenile detention facility. Information regarding public transportation may be obtained at www.thebus.org or by calling 848-5555 daily from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

The Judiciary looks forward to the opening of the Kapolei Court Complex and to serving the community.

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