The Access to Justice Commission, which was created in May, 2008 by the new Hawai`i Supreme Court Rule 21, formed several committees to assist in carrying out its work. Specifically, the Commission initially established three committees intended to address operational issues for the Commission and ten subject matter committees.

The charter responsibilities for the committees, which were adopted by the Commission, are drawn from the purposes of the Commission, as set forth in Rule 21, and the Action Plan proposed by the Access to Justice Hui in the latter part of 2007. The following substantive committees were established:

Committee on Funding of Civil Legal Services
Committee on Increasing Pro Bono Legal Services
Committee on the Right to Counsel in Certain Civil Proceedings
Committee on Self-Representation and Unbundling
Committee on Overcoming Barriers to Access to Justice
Committee on Initiatives to Enhance Civil Justice
Committee on Education, Communications, and Conference Planning

Individuals interested in serving on one of the committees are invited to express their interest and provide the application below and a resume to Judge Brian A. Costa, member of the Administration Committee of the Hawai`i Access to Justice Commission at <Brian.A.Costa@courts.hawaii.gov> or mail it to his address at Family Court of the First Circuit, 4675 Kapolei Parkway, Kapolei, HI  96707.

APPLICATION FOR COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

The Hawaii Access to Justice Commission does not render legal advice, place cases for representation with lawyers, make recommendations, or make referrals in connection with any individual case.  The Commission is not a legal services provider and does not provide advice or services to any litigant, prospective litigant, or anyone having legal questions or involved in a legal dispute.

Several legal services providers are listed on these pages (under the “How to Help” tab) for information purposes.  As in other circumstances, in the event one wants to contact a provider, providers must be contacted directly, and each provider itself solely makes the decision as to whether and to what extent it will respond to an inquiry or matter.