Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                     , 1999

                                   RE:  H.B. No. 163
                                        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.
163, H.D. 2, entitled: 


begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this bill is to bring juror fees and mileage
reimbursements to a fairer level by increasing the juror mileage
compensation from 33 to 37 cents, and to appropriate money for
increased juror compensation.

     Your Committee finds that an increase in the mileage
compensation for jurors will fairly reflect increases in the cost
of transportation since the law was last amended in 1988.  Your
Committee further finds that our jury system can only continue to
function effectively so long as a broad cross-section of our
community is willing and able to participate in the jury process.
While jury service is a duty or obligation of citizenship, the
financial consequences of jury service must not be so high as to
prevent participation by a broad cross section of our community.
Therefore, your Committee believes that increases to our current
jury fees and mileage allowances are necessary and appropriate.

     Testimony in support of this measure was submitted by the
Judiciary, the Hawaii State Bar Association, and Common Cause

                                   STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1120
                                   Page 2

     Upon further consideration, your Committee has amended this
measure by appropriating $660,000 to provide for the jury service
and mileage fee increases.

     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.
163, H.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass
Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 163, 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