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Thursday, November 17, 2005

New Use for Empty Court Rooms

The revelation last week on KITV that the ten civil court rooms in Honolulu are sitting empty caused the news station to raise the following point:

Facing so few jury trials could mean an opportunity for the judiciary to find new uses for courtrooms and judges.

Since this lack of court room use arises, in part, because of the pressure by the judiciary for litigants to use ADR, perhaps the best use of the court rooms is to use them for arbitrations and mediations.

At least the parties to arbitrations are able to select a competent "judge," and if the parties include in the arbitration a so-called "min-trial" in a circuit court room, the proceedings would appear almost real.

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