Cases Description and Files

R.H. v. Matayoshi

Plaintiffs moved to unseal records marked confidential by the State Department of Education in this lawsuit alleging sexual abuse involving a student.  The Law Center filed an amicus curiae—friend of the court—brief supporting Plaintiffs’ motion to unseal the records.  On June 6, Judge Jeanette Castagnetti entered a written order that the statements be publicly filed.  Civil No. 12-1-3327-12 […]

Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest, Inc. v. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

The Law Center challenged the CDC’s interpretation of a federal statute as the basis for withholding all information regarding an inspection at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa. According to media reports, the inspection found “widespread regulatory non-compliance” at the UH labs that handle biological toxins.  But the CDC denied access to the inspection report in its entirety, […]

Peer News LLC v. City & County of Honolulu

Online publication Civil Beat challenged the City Department of Budget & Fiscal Service’s denial of access to formal inter-agency memoranda that are part of the City’s budget deliberations. The case questions whether Hawai`i law permits agencies to withhold all record of government deliberations under a “deliberative process privilege.” […]

Peer News LLC v. State Ethics Commission

Online publication Civil Beat challenged the State Ethics Commission’s decision to withhold financial disclosure statements filed by sitting members of the State’s most powerful boards and commissions. All requested information is now publicly accessible on the Ethics Commission’s website […]

Peer News LLC v. City & County of Honolulu

Online publication Civil Beat challenged the Honolulu Police Department’s policy to deny all public records requests for files concerning police officers suspended for misconduct. Civil Beat had requested the files for 12 officers suspended for assaults, falsification of records or obstruction of an investigation, hit-and-runs, or other unspecified criminal conduct. […]

Oahu Publications Inc. v. Ahn

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Hawai`i News Now challenged Judge Karen Ahn’s decision to close her courtroom to the public on several instances during the last day of jury deliberations in the first trial of State v. Christopher Deedy.  The Law Center organized and filed an amicus curiae—friend of the court—brief on behalf of 13 media […]