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State Judiciary Opens Self-Help Center for Maui Litigants

October 15, 2012, 9:08 AM HST
* Updated October 15, 9:11 AM
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File photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

The Hawai’i State Judiciary opens a new Self-Help Center on Maui tomorrow.

The SHC will be staffed by up to two volunteer attorneys on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. beginning on Thursday, October 18, 2012.

State officials say volunteer attorneys will help self-represented litigants by providing legal information on District Court and Family Court civil matters including landlord tenant disputes, collection issues, temporary restraining orders, and divorce cases.   There is no charge for the service.

Hoapili Hale, Maui judiciary and court building. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Tomorrow’s opening ceremony begins at 1 p.m., and will include commentary from Hawai’i Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald and Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa.

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Second Circuit Chief Judge Joseph Cardoza and Maui County Bar Association President Matson Kelley are among the distinguished guests scheduled to attend.

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Maui county residents living on Molokai, Lanai, or in Hana may call 463-1360 to speak to an attorney during the SHC hours of operation.

Court staff at the adjacent Customer Service Center will continue to assist users with court forms and procedures.

The SHC is a collaborative program of the Hawai’i State Judiciary, Hawaii State Bar Association, Maui County Bar Association, and the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii.

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***Supporting information courtesy Hawai’i Judiciary.

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