Fifth Circuit Court reopens

  • Sabrina Bodon / The Garden Island

    On Monday, the Pu‘uhonua Kaulike Building reopened for regular business.

LIHU‘E — Walking into Pu‘uhonua Kaulike Building, visitors will need to pass a verbal health screening.

Only after answering negatively to questions about travel, presence of potential symptoms like coughing and sneezing and if they’ve had exposure to those who have tested positive to COVID-19, access will be granted.

The Hawai‘i State Judiciary Fifth Circuit Court opened up for regular operations at its District Court yesterday. Face coverings are required.

This week, the court will see cases that were rescheduled from March, April and May.

“Access to the courthouse is limited to those with official court business,” Fifth Circuit Chief Court Administrator David Lam said in a press release. “Tuesdays and Wednesdays will be especially busy as we address the backlog of cases, so if you don’t have a court appearance, we recommend visiting us at another time”

Wednesday, the court will separately see out-of-state and interisland quarantine violators Devin Martin of Olympia, Washington; Adam Schwarze of ‘Aiea, O’ahu; and Desiree Marvin of Alexandria, Virginia.

Schwarze and Martin both waived their right of a physical presence at the arrangements.

Additionally, Bobby Edwards of Boynton, Florida who was arrested April 3 at Lihu‘e Airport after flying in from Honolulu missed an arrangement and plea hearing on May 27. A bench warrant is pending on this case. His next scheduled hearing is June 14 in Honolulu. He faces criminal charges for violating the emergency order and disorderly conduct.

And Dwight Tucker of Tampa, Florida, who was the first person caught violating the out-of-state quarantine order has an entry of plea hearing on July 28.

To ensure a safe environment, the court has also instituted social-distancing measures like staging areas and marked queues.

“We want to thank everyone for their patience, cooperation, and understanding during these unprecedented times,” Lam said. “Please call 482-2347 if you have concerns or questions.”

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