STAND. COM. REP. NO.3401

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2002

RE: S.R. No. 48

S.D. 1

 

 

Honorable Robert Bunda

President of the Senate

Twenty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2002

State of Hawaii

Sir:

Your Committee on Judiciary, to which was referred S.R. No. 48 entitled:

"SENATE RESOLUTION REQUESTING INVESTIGATION OF THE MAUI FAMILY COURT SYSTEM,"

begs leave to report as follows:

The purpose of this measure is to request the Attorney General to conduct an investigation of the Maui family court system for possible abuses.

Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Parents for Justice and five individuals. Testimony in opposition was received from the Judiciary. The Ombudsman submitted comments.

Your Committee is concerned about the operation of the Maui family court system, as evidenced in testimony from a group of Maui residents and their exhaustive efforts to date to rectify what they perceive to be inequities occurring in the family court.

Your Committee believes that the Judiciary and the Attorney General should conduct separate investigations into the alleged abuses. Accordingly, your Committee has amended this measure as follows:

(1) Changing references from "island" to "County" of Maui;

(2) Deleting references to "Ombudsman" and a study by the Legislative Reference Bureau;

(3) Requesting the Judiciary and the Attorney General to each conduct their own investigation and to report to the Senate accordingly for the 2003 Session; and

(4) Clarifying that Maui residents have tried indefatigably to obtain redress of their grievances but to no avail.

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary that is attached to this report, your Committee concurs with the intent and purpose of S.R. No. 48, as amended herein, and recommends its adoption in the form attached hereto as S.R. No. 48, S.D. 1.

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

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BRIAN KANNO, Chair