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State Judiciary Offers Free Seminar on Protective Orders

Posted on Jan 9, 2008 in Press Releases

The Hawai’i State Judiciary will present a free program on “Protective Orders and Temporary Restraining Orders” from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, in the Supreme Court conference room. The session is designed to help persons victimized by a pattern of harassment, including physical or sexual violence, verbal threats, property damage or stalking.

Judge Barbara Richardson of the First Circuit District Court and Lepetia Letuli of the First Circuit Family Court will explain the process of filing these types of orders and describe what happens when parties go to court.

Richardson has been a full-time District Court judge since 2000. She was previously a per diem judge, a deputy with the County of Hawai’i Office of the Corporation Counsel, and an attorney in private practice. She graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Letuli has been a court officer with the Family Court Temporary Restraining Order Unit for the past five years.  This unit assists petitioners seeking a restraining order by interviewing litigants prior to a hearing before a judge and prepares court orders following the hearing.

The session is part of “Lunch ‘n’ Learn the Law,” a public information series covering topics related to specific areas of the law and the courts. Volunteer presenters include judges, attorneys, court officials and other subject-matter experts.

The Supreme Court conference room is on the second floor of Ali’iolani Hale, 417 S. King St. (behind the King Kamehameha statue) in downtown Honolulu. For more information, contact the Judiciary Public Affairs Office at 539-4909.


The Hawai’i State Judiciary does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information provided by the speakers. The speakers’ remarks do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Judiciary. The information provided by the speakers is a general overview of basic legal concepts, and is not intended as legal advice for any specific person or situation.

Contact: Kimberly Lee, 539-4909

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