[lg policy] Judiciary allows Hawaiian language interpreter in new policy

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Sat Jan 27 10:34:53 EST 2018

 Judiciary allows Hawaiian language interpreter in new policy
By Michael Tsai <http://www.staradvertiser.com/author/mtsai/>
January 26, 2018
Updated January 26, 2018 4:28pm

The Hawaii State Judiciary will allow the use of Hawaiian language
interpreters in courtrooms when participants in legal proceedings “choose
to express themselves through the Hawaiian language.”

The new policy was announced today, following a widely reported incident in
which a Maui district judge issues a bench warrant for a defendant who
chose to speak exclusively in Hawaiian in his courtroom.

Samuel Kaleikoa Kaeo, an assistant professor in Hawaiian studies at the
University of Hawaii Maui College, appeared in Maui District Court on
Wednesday on a disorderly conduct charge stemming from his part in an
August protest against construction of the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope
on Haleakala.

Kaeo opted to conduct his defense in Hawaiian, prompting Judge Blaine
Kobayashi to issue a bench warrant on the grounds that the court was unable
to determine whether the defendant, Kaeo, was present.

Kobayashi rescinded the warrant without explanation the following day.

In announcing the new policy yesterday, the Judiciary said it would develop
implementation procedures and solicited public input.

Comments may be sent to pao at courts.hawaii.gov. Individuals who are
interested in serving as a court interpreter may contact the Office on
Equality and Access to the Courts at 539-4860 for further information.


 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com

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