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Courts in the Community

Laughter and learning were part of the Courts in the Community Program when high school students asked questions of the Hawaii Supreme Court Justices. The Hawaii Supreme Court heard oral argument on April 27, 2017 at Baldwin High School on Maui. Left to right: Event Moderator Judge Joel August (ret.), Associate Justice Richard Pollack, Associate Justice Paula Nakayama, Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald, Associate Justice Sabrina McKenna, and Associate Justice Michael Wilson.

Courts in the Community is the Hawaii Supreme Court’s educational outreach program that gives high school students unique, hands-on experience in how the Hawaii judicial system works.

Under the Courts in the Community program, the full, five-member court travels to Hawaii high schools to hear oral argument in an actual case.

The event begins with remarks welcoming the audience and explaining the format of the proceedings. The court will hear one oral argument during the visit. At the conclusion of the argument, the justices depart the room so that the students may discuss the case with the participating lawyers. The lawyers leave the room at the end of their session and the justices return to answer non-case related questions from the students. A luncheon with the students and members of the bar usually wraps up the activities. The entire visit generally lasts about four to five hours.

Prior to the court convening on a campus, students have the opportunity to learn about the judicial system and the appellate process using a curriculum developed by the Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center and the Students for Public Outreach and Civic Education of the University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law. The students also participate in a moot court exercise involving the actual case that will be argued when the court comes to campus. The Hawaii State Bar Association has been providing financial support for students participating in the program. The moot court activity is facilitated by volunteer lawyers or law school students.

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Contact Information

For more information, call Matt Mattice at 808-539-4999 or email him at To request a judge to speak to students in your class, call David Cypriano at 808-539-4999 or email him at:

Courts in the Community Hearing Schedule

No. SCAP-16-0000837, Thursday, December 14, 2017, 10 a.m.

CC, Petitioner-Appellant, vs. DD and CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT AGENCY, STATE OF HAWAIʻI, Defendants-Appellees.  

The above-captioned case has been set for argument on the merits at:

Castle Performing Arts Center
Ronald E. Bright Theatre
45-386 Kaneohe Bay Drive
Kaneohe, HI 96744

View Oral Arguments Schedule

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