In light of the shortage of sheriffs on the Big Island and the Sheriffs Office’s new requirement that unless two officers are available to staff a courthouse none will be provided, proceedings normally heard at the District Courts of North Kohala and Hamakua will be heard at the South Kohala District Court. In addition, the Kau District Court calendar will move to the District Court courthouse in Kona.
The changes are effective October 1 and will be in place until further notice:
“We realize consolidating court hearings that would have been held at five rural courthouses into two courts - South Kohala and Kona - will be an inconvenience to the North Kohala, Hamakua and Kau communities,” said Marsha Kitagawa, the Judiciary’s Public Affairs Officer. “Unfortunately, we felt we had no other choice given the lack of manpower currently faced by the Sheriffs Office.”
“The safety of court users and employees is a priority and too many court proceedings are being held without adequate security in place,” she said.
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Media contact: Marsha Kitagawa, Public Affairs Office 539-4909