State Court Opens Self-Help Center on Maui

Opening of Maui Self-Help Center Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald (center) Second Judicial Circuit Judge Rhonda Loo (far left) and Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa participated in the opening ceremony of Maui's Self-Help Center.

An opening ceremony for a new Self-Help Center (SHC) was held on October 16, 2012, at Hoapili Hale, the state courthouse located on Main Street in Wailuku. The SHC will be staffed by one or two volunteer attorneys on Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon beginning October 18.

Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald and Mayor Alan Arakawa spoke at the event. Second Circuit Chief Judge Joseph Cardoza and Maui County Bar Association President Matson Kelley were among the distinguished guests in attendance.

The SHC volunteer attorneys will help self-represented litigants by providing legal information on District Court and Family Court civil matters including landlord tenant disputes, collection issues, temporary restraining orders, and divorce cases. There will be no charge for their services.

Persons living on Molokai, Lanai, or in Hana may call 463-1360 to speak to an attorney during the SHC’s hours of operation.

Court staff at the adjacent Customer Service Center will continue to assist users with court forms and procedures.

The SHC is a collaborative program of the Hawaii State Judiciary, Hawaii State Bar Association, Maui County Bar Association, and the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii.

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