Latest Supreme Court of Hawaii News

Hawaii bar exam applicants granted more time to defer test

Aug. 29, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Bar exam applicants in Hawaii have been granted more time to decide whether to take the in-person exam or defer the test to a later date with no additional fee after concerns over the coronavirus. The Hawaii Supreme Court issued an order Friday to extend the deadline for students to make...

Law school grads in Hawaii fear virus infection at bar exam

Aug. 28, 2020 9:44 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Some recent law school graduates in Hawaii have said they fear being infected with the coronavirus during the state bar exam. The Hawaii bar exam is expected to proceed Sept. 9 and 10 with possibly up to 200 applicants confined to a single room for eight hours per day, The Honolulu...

Hawaii Supreme Court orders inmates released due to virus

Aug. 20, 2020 9:46 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Supreme Court ordered the temporary release of some detainees and inmates at the Oahu Community Correctional Center because of the coronavirus. A COVID-19 outbreak has infected more than 200 people at the crowded jail and the court ordered the release over concerns there was not...

Hawaii top court considers freeing inmates after outbreak

Aug. 15, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Supreme Court heard arguments over whether to allow some inmates in the state's prison and jail systems to be released to prevent further spread of the coronavirus. The arguments come after a coronavirus outbreak occurred at the Oahu Community Correctional Center. The state...

FILE -- This May 2, 2019 file photo shows lawmakers meet on the floor of the state House of Representatives at the Hawaii State Capitol in Honolulu. Attorneys argued before the Hawaii Supreme Court over how much lawmakers should allow the public to weigh in on legislation as laws are being drafted and voted on. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

Hawaii top court hears arguments over 'gut and replace' laws

Aug. 5, 2020 10:01 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Attorneys argued before the Hawaii Supreme Court on Wednesday over how much lawmakers should allow the public to weigh in on legislation as laws are being drafted and voted on. The justices listened to lawyers over a video link that was streamed live on YouTube. They were considering a...

Hawaii law school grads offered temp licenses amid virus

Jul. 25, 2020 1:11 PM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Bar exam applicants can receive a temporary license to practice law in the state as an alternative to the written test during the coronavirus pandemic, the Hawaii Supreme Court announced this week. The court said Wednesday it will give applicants who are approved for the exam the option...