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Community Outreach Court Expands to Windward Oahu

Posted on Jun 14, 2019 in Featured News, News & Reports

 

Community Outreach Court opens at Kaneohe District Court 06/10/2019. Dep. Public Defender Merlinda Garma, Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald, State Public Defender Jack Tonaki, Judge Darolyn Lendio, State Rep. Scot Matayoshi, State Rep. Lisa Kitagawa, Deputy Chief Court Admin. Calvin Ching, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Mark Tom (Photo courtesy of Kiona Esteban, Rep. Matayoshi’s Office).

Community Outreach Court now at Kaneohe District Court. From left, Deputy Public Defender Merlinda Garma, Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald, State Public Defender Jack Tonaki, COC Judge Darolyn Lendio, State Rep. Scot Matayoshi, State Rep. Lisa Kitagawa, Deputy Chief Court Administrator Calvin Ching, and Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Mark Tom, were all smiles after the launch of the newest Community Outreach Court. (Photo courtesy of Kiona Esteban, Rep. Matayoshi’s Office.)

Individuals from windward Oahu wanting to participate in Community Outreach Court (COC) now have the opportunity to do so every month. Starting June 10, 2019, Kaneohe District Court became the newest location to host COC hearings, following Honolulu and Wahiawa District Courts, as well as the Waianae Public Library.

Judge Darolyn Lendio presided as participants (defendants) wanting to work toward clearing their cases came before her, while Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald, State Representatives Scot Matayoshi and Lisa Kitagawa, and other special guests looked on.

To date, there have been 159 unique participants and 1,862 cases have been cleared through COC. More than 3,500 hours of community service have been logged by 147 of the participants.