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Tax Reduction -- For Whom? (Astrid Monson)
Women's Coalition Package Update (Ina Percival)
League Testifies at the Public Hearing on One Archer Lane
League Monitors Domestic Violence Cases (Suzanne Meisenzahl)
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League Monitors Domestic Violence Cases

There are currently 372 Honolulu jury trial cases pending on the domestic violence criminal calendar Chief Justice Ronald T Y Moon signed an order June 4 establishing the temporary Twenty-third Division of Circuit Court to handle this backlog of domestic violence cases. These cases will be heard from June 9, 1997 until September 30, 1997.

"We are seeing a significant increase in demand for jury trials," said Senior Family Court Judge Michael Town, "which has contributed to the rapid growth of the domestic violence jury trial caseload. Although it's not the same type of situation as in 1994, we believe this is a serious matter, and I am pleased that the Chief Justice has taken this prompt action to address the situation before it gets out of hand."

The Violence Prevention Committee will continue the project of monitoring these cases. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Pearl Johnson at 537-5471.

Suzanne Meisenzahl
Chair Violence Prevention Committee

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