O`ahu Family Court Access to Justice Room Opens December 7

Hawai`i Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald and First Circuit Deputy Chief Judge Mark Browning will officially open the “Kapolei Access to Justice Room” on Friday, December 7, 2012, at 12 noon at the Ronald T. Y. Moon Judiciary Complex.

“In this economy, we have an increasing number of self-represented litigants coming to Family Court because they cannot afford an attorney,” said First Circuit Senior Family Court Judge Mark Browning. “Thanks to the support of the volunteer attorneys from the Family Law Section of the Hawai`i State Bar Association, litigants can go to the courthouse to obtain basic legal advice and assistance.”

Chief Justice Recktenwald said, “The Hawai`i State Judiciary now has self-help centers and/or access to justice rooms in every circuit in the State. We are deeply grateful to our partners for making these services available, including the Hawai`i State Bar Association, Legal Aid Society of Hawai`i, AmeriCorps, and the attorneys who donate their time.”

The Kapolei Access to Justice Room is located on the third floor of the complex and is open on the first and third Thursday of every month from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Appointments are made for the clinic through the Ho`okele Self Help Desk on the first floor of the Kapolei Courthouse. Walk-ins are also accepted during clinic hours.

For more information, contact the public affairs office at 808-539-4909 or via email at pao@courts.state.hi.us.

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