Hawaii Justice for All Grant Recipient
In November 2016, Hawaii was awarded a grant under the Justice for All Project. The grants support each state awardee in forming partnerships with all relevant stakeholders in the civil justice community and to develop state assessments and strategic action plans to implement Resolution 5. Resolution 5, passed by the Conference of Chief Justices and the Conference of State Court Administrators. Supports the goal of 100 percent access to effective assistance for essential civil legal needs and urges the National Center for State Courts as well as other national organizations to develop tools and provided assistance to states in achieving the goal of 100 percent access through a continuum of meaningful and appropriate services. Furthermore, the project seeks to enhance the commitment of the states to reimagine how to work across organizational boundaries and optimize resources to advance access to justice for all.
In December 2017, Hawaii completed its Justice For All Project Final Report and now looks forward to the implementation phase of the Initiative. To assess its needs, Hawaii held 12 meetings on six islands, involving 167 people, to focus on specific underserved populations. Another six meetings were held involving 70 leaders of community organizations. Hawaii developed four primary goals for reform. First, the state will create a Community Navigator project in which trusted community leaders (e.g., religious leaders, school leaders, librarians) are trained and tasked with giving legal information to community members in need. Second, the state will use preventative legal assessment tools to prepare people for their future legal needs or prevent legal needs from developing in the first place. Third, Hawaii will strengthen the connection between social service programs and legal service providers in the state. Fourth, Hawaii will convene an interagency roundtable comprised of state and county agencies to coordinate ways to improve access to justice for all.
This project is supported by the Public Welfare Foundation and housed at the National Center for State Courts.