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On Wednesday, Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald announced that the state judiciary is trying to make it easier to obtain information.

Hawaii Courts Mobile App

During his State of the Judiciary address at the Capitol, he said, “We just launched a free Judiciary mobile app that provides quick access to a wealth of information about our courts. It is called Hawaii Courts Mobile App, and we are only the second statewide judiciary in the country to offer this service.”

Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald speaks to legislature and gallery at the Hawaii State Capitol. 28 jan 2015. photograph Cory Lum/Civil Beat
Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald speaking at the Hawaii Legislature in 2015. Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The chief justice added:

Although we are embracing changing technology, we must remain true to those core values that provide our foundation as an institution. I spoke earlier about our commitment to transparency. Another core value is integrity. Integrity means standing up for what is right, even when it is not easy or comfortable to do so. For judges, it means faithfully applying the law to the facts of each case, without regard to the popularity or status of the parties, or fear of reprisal.

In other news, Recktenwald lauded a program on Oahu called Steps to Avoid Eviction, which aims to help people who are unable to pay their rent.

“Sometimes, there is a possible solution that can keep the tenant in the unit, and be a win for the landlord as well,” he said, adding that the program has just been expanded to Maui.

He also thanked Honolulu Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro and state Public Defender Jack Tonaki for promoting a program called Community Outreach Courts.

“The ultimate goal is to send the court and a treatment team out into the community, and offer these individuals an opportunity to 9 resolve pending cases, obtain needed services, and move forward in their lives,” he said. “We also provide services to homeless individuals who commit more serious crimes. Our treatment courts work to get a roof over their heads, and help them develop a support structure and the skills to stay off the street.”

The judiciary is asking for additional money from the Legislature to support the outreach program.

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