Legislature Cut Every Penny For Free Or Low-Cost Legal Services

After providing $600,000 and $750,000 in the last two fiscal years, lawmakers allocated nothing this year.

News Story (Hawaii)

Emily Cardinali
Honolulu Civil Beat
July 7, 2017

Tags: Funding: State & Local

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society of Hawai’i (LASH)


Free or low cost legal services for residents in need, like the Domingos siblings, is in jeopardy as funding for civil legal services has been cut from the Hawaii State Judiciary’s budget for at least the next year.

In fiscal year 2016, the Judiciary received $600,000 for civil legal service organizations to help low-income residents, victims of domestic abuse, homeless people, veterans, immigrants and the elderly. In fiscal year 2017, that number was $750,000.

For the 2018 fiscal year that started July 1, no money was allocated toward these services in the Judiciary budget.