Help Abolish Legal Tyrrany (H.A.L.T.) is working on your behalf to make Americas's civil justice system more accessible and affordable for everyone.  HALT is the nation's largest legla reform organization, a non-profit, non-partisan public interest group of more than 50,000 members.

In 2008, HALT gave Hawaii's judiciary a D+ on their report card.  Following is a breakdown of the criteria they used to arrive at that grade rating.

Transparency - F

Availability of Meaningful Sanctions - C-

Consumer Friendliness - F

Online Outreach - F

Public Participation - A

Financial Disclosure - B

Gift Restriction - F

A few additional points:

Hawaii rules allow some dysfunctional judges to be sanctioned with private reprimands, and in these circumstances the public never learns of the judge’s history of misconduct.

Unlike policies in most states that allow individuals to speak freely about ethics complaints against judges, Hawaii Supreme Court rules provide: “All participants in the proceeding shall conduct themselves so as to maintain the confidentiality of the proceeding.”

The state does not place meaningful limitations on the reimbursements and compensation that judges may accept in connection with corporate and special interest funded trips.

Read more aboout Hawaii's D+ Report Card on Judicial Accountability

Also see HALT's article, Hawaii's Judicial Accountability System Recieves D+ on National Report Card; Watchdog Group Says Reform us Needed to Hold Judges Feet to the Fire

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