The University of Hawaii law school, the Hawaii State Judiciary, and environmental organizations are gearing up for the launch of Hawaii’s environmental court on July 1 — the second of its kind in the nation.
Under the new system, the Hawaii Supreme Court chief justice designates one or more environmental judges for each circuit and for a district court within each circuit.
“Hawaii’s environmental court is a historic milestone for our island and the U.S.,” said Denise Antolini, UH William S. Richardson School of Law associate dean of academic affairs. “As the second U.S. state to have such a court, we join a growing global moment where hundreds of “green courts” have been established to provide consistent and expert guidance from the judges involved.”
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