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Media Advisory for Courts in the Community: Hawaii Supreme Court Taking Oral Argument to Kauai

Posted on Apr 20, 2015 in Press Releases


April 20, 2015




WHAT:     Hawaii Supreme Court Convening on Kauai

WHO:       Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald,

    Associate Justice Paula Nakayama,

    Associate Justice Sabrina McKenna,

    Associate Justice Richard Pollack, 

    Associate Justice Michael Wilson,

    Angela Anderson (emcee),

    and Laurel Loo (moderator).

WHEN:     Thursday, April 23, 2015. Doors open to the public at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:   Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center,

                3-1901 Kaumualii Highway, Lihue, HI 96766

As part of the Judiciary’s Courts in the Community outreach program, the Hawaii Supreme Court will hear an oral argument on April 23rd, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center.  The outreach program provides educational opportunities for students and also informs the general public about the Judiciary’s role in government and its function in resolving disputes in a democratic society.

Students from area schools will participate, including Kauai High School, Island School, Kanuikapono Public Charter School, Kapaa High School, Kauai Christian Academy, Waimea High School and Kula Aupuni Niihau A Kahelelani Aloha Public Charter School.

The court will hear In re SHOPO v. County of Kauai and Kauai Police Department.  A brief case description and summary of the issues on appeal may be viewed on the Judiciary’s website.

To prepare for the oral argument, the participating juniors and seniors from each school study 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’ study culminates with a moot court activity facilitated by members of the Kauai Bar Association. The Hawaii State Bar Association and Hawaii State Bar Foundation will provide transportation to and from Kauai Community College and lunches for the students.

The oral argument is open to the public and the media. Photographing and filming the faces of the students in the audience will not be allowed. A few students will be available for on-camera interviews outside the gymnasium following the oral argument.

Media desiring to film or photograph the argument should ensure that an extended coverage application has been filed with the Chief Clerk’s Office. Only one media outlet need apply. The requirement that media pool coverage from one video camera or one still camera will be waived for this case.

The oral argument will be followed by two separate question-and-answer sessions for the students; one with the attorneys and another with the five justices. The question-and-answer sessions will not be open to the media or the public, to respect for the privacy of the students.

Please RSVP to the Communications and Community Relations Office at (808) 539-4909.




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