Law Day commemorates Miranda Rights

LIHUE — The Fifth Circuit Court is planning an array of activities next week to celebrate Law Day 2016.

Law Day is the annual celebration of the role of law, the legal process, and the courts in our democratic society. This year’s theme is “Miranda: More than Words,” commemorating the 50th anniversary of one of America’s best-known U.S. Supreme Court cases, Miranda v. Arizona. The celebration takes place next week.

“This year’s Law Day theme reminds us that the Constitutions of the United States and the State of Hawaii are living, breathing documents that have real impacts on all of our daily lives,” said County Prosecuting Attorney Justin Kollar. “Although we now take Miranda rights for granted, it is important to remember that for most of American history, there really was no such thing. As prosecutors, one of our most important tasks is to honor and protect the Constitutional rights of every person in the community; events like this help to remind everybody how important that is.”

Through the “Miranda” theme, Law Day will explore the procedural protections afforded by the U.S. Constitution, how these rights are safeguarded by the courts, and why the preservation of these principles is essential to our liberty.

Legal Aid Managing Attorney Linda Vass will provide a special 90-minute presentation on “Landlord/Tenant: Basic Laws for Landlords & Tenants,” on Monday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Kauai Judicial Complex First Floor, Multi-Purpose Room. This event is free and open to the public.

Next Friday, the courthouse Self-Help Center will open for extended hours, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with volunteer attorneys providing free legal information to the public. Walk-in appointments will be taken on a first come, first served basis.

Tours of the Kauai Judicial Complex will be available for schools and interested members of the public.

A number of educational displays will be posted at the Kauai Judicial Complex.

The Adult Client Probation Service will have a display on the HOPE Probation Program, along with the Juvenile Client and Family Service Branch displays on Girls Court and the Kauai Drug Court. The educational displays will feature program highlights and provide free program literature.

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