STAND. COM. REP. NO.1377-02
RE: S.C.R. No. 82
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs, to which was referred S.C.R. No. 82, S.D. 1, entitled:
"SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE JUDICIARY AND THE STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO CONDUCT AN INVESTIGATION OF THE MAUI FAMILY COURT SYSTEM,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure, as received, is to request that the Judiciary and the State Attorney General conduct investigations of the family court system in Maui.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from Hawaii Dads 4 KIDS, the Nurturing Fathers Parenting Program of the Institute for Family Enrichment, and several concerned individuals. The Judiciary commented on this measure.
Your Committee finds that a mistrust exists as to the manner in which the Judiciary addresses complaints about decisions made in cases involving custody of children.
Your Committee has amended this measure by deleting its contents and replacing it with language that requests that the Auditor:
(1) Conduct an audit of complaints lodged against the family court system within the last three years, allowing a reasonable period to receive and address additional written complaints;
(2) Develop proposals to formalize a complaint process, if none exists, and to remedy perceived unfairness; and
(3) Report its findings and recommendations to the Legislature.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee concurs with the intent and purpose of S.C.R. No. 82, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends its adoption in the form attached hereto as S.C.R. No. 82, S.D. 1, H.D. 1.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs,
ERIC G. HAMAKAWA, Chair