Article covers the latest developments in the ongoing effort to improve access to the courts for people of all income levels, with special emphasis on Hawai’i’s self-represented litigants.
News Story (Hawaii)
Big Island Now
June 2, 2015
Tags: Access to Justice Commissions, Delivery Systems, Information Centers, Pro Se/Self-Help
Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society of Hawai’i (LASH), Hawaii Access to Justice Commission (HATJC)
Ten new court forms were made available online, and 10 seminars titled “Know your Rights” were completed state-wide.
“One of the greatest challenges to equal justice today is the lack of effective access to our civil justice system. People who have low or even moderate incomes cannot afford to hire an attorney to represent them in their civil legal cases,” Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald explained. “As a result, every year in Hawai’i, thousands of people must represent themselves in our civil courts and try to navigate a system that is foreign to the average layperson. Many of them simply give up. For this reason we have continued to pursue projects and programs that make Hawai’i’s courts more accessible.”