Wednesday, February 04, 2015


Courthouse News essay on the remarkable openness of Hawaii’s courts

Sometimes it takes someone from the outside to remind us of the positive aspects of Hawaii that we should take pride in.

Broken Paddle Law (Courthouse News, 1/3/2015) by Bill Girdner

A short walk through the courthouse gets us to the clerk's office, with a public area only slightly bigger than a closet. In that small space is a table with public copies of the new filings, generally put out the day the documents are filed.

We did not have to negotiate, fight for or even ask for access. The stuff was already sitting out there for the public and any journalist who wandered in.

It was what I call "old school access."


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