As we previously blogged a couple years ago, here, the Hawaii Supreme Court previously approved a pilot project, known as the Hawaii Appellate Pro Bono Pilot Project, to match eligible low to moderate income pro se litigants with attorneys willing to provide pro bono representation.
In the two years of the pilot project, pro se litigants with cases before both the Hawaii Supreme Court and the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals were matched with pro bono appellate attorneys. In that time, three of the cases have reached disposition -- all of which were wins for the project cases! In fact, two the cases were successfully argued before the Hawaii Supreme Court.
Yesterday, April 19, 2017, the Hawaii Supreme Court issued an order making the project permanent.
According to the court's order, the change in status was approved "[i]n light of the project's accomplishments since its inception, and the importance of continued provision of pro bono assistance to financially deserving pro se litigants in matters on appeal . . . ."
The project is now known as Hawaii's Appellate Pro Bono Program.
Mahalo to all of the Hawaii attorneys who have volunteers for the project, and who have made it a success. We hope the project continues to provide much needed pro bono assistance for appeals in Hawaii!