The Hawaii State Judiciary will host a variety of activities for Law Day, the annual celebration of the role of law, the legal process, and the courts in our democratic society.
The theme of Law Day 2016 is, “Miranda: More than Words,” commemorating the 50th anniversary of one of America’s best-known U.S. Supreme Court cases, Miranda v. Arizona. Through the “Miranda” theme, Law Day will explore the procedural protections afforded by the U.S. Constitution, how these rights are safeguarded by the courts, and why the preservation of these principles is essential to our liberty.
Across the islands, the Judiciary will sponsor special events and activities during the first week of May.
As part of the Judiciary’s Access to Justice Initiative, volunteer attorneys and AmeriCorps Advocates at courthouse Self-Help Centers will provide limited legal information to members of the public, free of charge. At Oahu’s Access to Justice Rooms, volunteer attorneys will also provide limited legal advice. For Self-Help Center locations, days and times, visit the Hawaii State Judiciary website at: http://bit.ly/23bEaXX
FIRST CIRCUIT (Oahu)
The Supreme Court Law Library will have an educational display for the public on the historical significance of the Miranda case, basic information on Miranda rights, and the influence of the Miranda case in the media and popular culture.
The Supreme Court Law Library, located at Aliiolani Hale, 417 South King Street, Honolulu, 96813, is open Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. Staff is available to provide information services and hand-outs on accessing legal resources.
SECOND CIRCUIT (Maui)
In the days leading up to Law Week, approximately 180 students have visited courts throughout the Second Circuit, observing court proceedings and meeting with judges. Schools or individual students wishing to arrange a student tour of their local courthouse should contact the court at: (808) 244-2860. Judges are also available to visit schools to discuss the law and the role of the courts in our society.
During the month of May there will be an educational display at the Second Circuit Court (Hoapili Hale, 2145 Main Street, Wailuku, Hawaii 96793-1679) concerning the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the rights of victims and witnesses, Access to Justice, and the different courts in the Second Circuit.
On May 5, 2016, a County of Maui Proclamation recognizing the Drug Courts and Veterans Court will be presented by Maui County Managing Director Keith Regan on behalf of Mayor Arakawa as part of the 55th Graduation Ceremony of the Maui / Molokai Drug Court.
THIRD CIRCUIT (Big Island)
Student tours have been arranged throughout the Third Circuit so students have the opportunity to observe court proceedings and meet with judges.
FIFTH CIRCUIT (Kauai)
Legal Aid Managing Attorney Linda Vass will provide a special 90-minute presentation on “Landlord/Tenant: Basic Laws for Landlords & Tenants,” on May 2, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Kauai Judicial Complex (Puuhonoa Kaulike Building, 3970 Kaana Street, Lihue, 96766) First Floor, Multi-Purpose Room. This event is free and open to the public.
On May 6, 2016, the courthouse Self-Help Center will open for extended hours, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., with volunteer attorneys providing free legal information to the public. Walk-in appointments will be taken on a first come, first served basis. For more information call (808) 482-2660.
Tours of the Kauai Judicial Complex will be available for schools and interested members of the public. Tour arrangements may be made by calling (808) 482-2347.
Finally, a number of educational displays will be posted at the Kauai Judicial Complex. The Adult Client Probation Service will have a display on the HOPE Probation Program, along with the Juvenile Client and Family Service Branch displays on Girls Court and the Kauai Drug Court. The educational displays will feature program highlights and provide free program literature.