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Media Advisory: Courts in the Community – Hawaii Supreme Court Holding Oral Argument at McKinley

Posted on Oct 25, 2016 in Press Releases

October 25, 2016

WHAT:  Hawaii Supreme Court Convening at McKinley High School

WHO:  Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald,
             Associate Justice Paula Nakayama,
             Associate Justice Sabrina McKenna,
             Associate Justice Richard Pollack,
             Associate Justice Michael Wilson,
             Judge Gary Chang (emcee) and
             Representative Della Au Belatti (moderator).

WHEN:  Thursday, October 27, 2016. Doors open to the public at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:  McKinley High School Auditorium
                1039 South King Street
                Honolulu, Hawaii 96814

HONOLULU, HI – As part of the Judiciary’s Courts in the Community outreach program, the Hawaii Supreme Court will hear oral argument on October 27th, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at McKinley High School. The outreach program provides an opportunity for students to learn more about the Judiciary’s role in government and its function in resolving disputes in a democratic society.

To prepare, the participating juniors and seniors students from Honolulu area schools 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 Hawaii State Bar Association.

The court will hear oral argument in the case of State v. Trinque. 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 event.

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.

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, for the privacy of the students.

Please call the Communications and Community Relations Office at (808) 539-4909 if you have questions, or would like to RSVP.


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