Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                     , 1999

                                   RE:  H.B. No. 1454
                                        H.D. 2
                                        S.D. 1

Honorable Norman Mizuguchi
President of the Senate
Twentieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 1999
State of Hawaii


     Your Committee on Judiciary, to which was referred H.B. No.
1454, H.D. 2, entitled: 


begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this bill, as received by your Committee, is
to clarify that a single, uniform fee of $100 is to be applied to
all probate actions involving a decedent's estate, and to set a
$5 fee for the District Court's administrative costs associated
with the processing of traffic citations for non-moving

     Your Committee finds that this measure will establish a
uniform fee to be collected only once upon filing for any
proceedings involving a decedent's estate.  Your Committee
further finds that the intent of this effort is to clarify that
this one fee applies to all probate cases, whether commenced
through formal and informal proceedings by either an appointed
representative or personal representative, and including foreign
representatives with authority to act in Hawaii.

     Your Committee believes that adding an administrative fee
for moving violations and increasing the filing fee for civil
cases in District Court will generate additional revenue to fund
needed Judiciary services and remove unacceptable limitations on
the services provided by the courts.

                                   STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1121
                                   Page 2

     Testimony in support of this measure was submitted by the
Judiciary.  Testimony in support of proposed amendments to this
measure was submitted by the Attorney General, the Department of
Transportation, the Department of Human Resources Development,
and the Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center.

     Upon further consideration, your Committee has amended this
measure by:

     (1)  Increasing the regular fee for civil district court
          filings from $75 to $100; and

     (2)  Adding a provision setting a fee of $15 for
          administrative costs associated with processing a
          moving violation.

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Judiciary that is attached to this report, your
Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No.
1454, H.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass
Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1454, H.D.
2, S.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

                                   Respectfully submitted on
                                   behalf of the members of the
                                   Committee on Judiciary,

                                   AVERY B. CHUMBLEY, Co-Chair

                                   MATTHEW M. MATSUNAGA, Co-Chair