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Hawaii Paralegal Association

Pro Bono

Judiciary - State of Hawaii

Volunteer Court Navigator

The Volunteer Court Navigator will assist unrepresented litigants with landlord·tenant, debt collection, and temporary restraining orders (TROs – cases. These volunteers could include paralegals, law students, paralegal students, and others. The Volunteer Court Navigators provide neither legal advice nor legal counseling.

The role of the Volunteer Court Navigators would include the following types of assistance:

– Preliminary discussions with the litigants to listen to their concerns and explain the process.
– Description of courtroom protocol
– Description of the various individuals in the court and their roles such as judge, court clerk, bailiff, and law clerk
– Accompaniment of the litigants during hallway negotiations with opposing attorneys, solely for the purpose of taking notes and assisting with factual inquiries and
– Accompaniment of the litigants during the mediation process, solely for the purpose of taking notes and observing the mediation discussions
– Accompaniment to the court, including giving notes or reminders to the litigants about court proceedings, where and when necessary
– Taking notes during any court conference or hearing to discuss with the litigants afterwards so that the litigants understand what has been said or decided and what the litigants must do to comply with any directions that they may have been given by the court
– Statements of fact to the judge, but only if asked a direct factual question by the judge
– If necessary, provide help with needed social services

The Volunteer Court Navigators shall not give legal advice or get involved in negotiations or settlement conferences. The Volunteer Court Navigators shall not provide personal advice and shall not perform any service that constitutes the practice of law.

Volunteers are needed in the First and Second Circuit.

If interested in volunteering, please contact

Childs Justice Center

Children’s Justice Center

Help abused and neglected children referred to the Children’s Justice Center. For Children Ages 3-18, both genders.

They are in need of the following items, in new condition:
Snacks and beverages for the children and families seen at the Center.
Gift cards for Ross, Target and Walmart for the child’s specific needs.

Currently in need of junior’s tops: size small, medium and large.

*Donations are accepted on behalf of the Center’s 501(c)(3) non-profit partner, Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Oahu

Volunteer at the Center: Do you have a few hours during the week day? The center could use volunteers to sort donations, sit or read with children, or perform some clerical work.

For more information, please contact

Legal Aid Society of Hawaii

Legal Aid Society of Hawaii

Legal Aid Society of Hawaii has a variety of projects needing volunteers.

Information about volunteer opportunities and a volunteer application can be found at:

The volunteer staff coordinator at Legal Aid is Angela Lovitt. You may email her at or call 527-8003.


Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program

Formerly known as the Volunteer Guardian Ad Litem Program, the CASA Program is comprised of trained volunteers who are appointed by the court to represent the best interests of a child in a child abuse or neglect case in and out of court. CASA volunteers must be at least 21 years old and able to spend between 4 and 25 hours a month – serve as fact-finders, advocates, and monitors for children in need. The Judiciary provides free training and staff support for all volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a CASA volunteer, on O`ahu call (808) 954-8124.

Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii

Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii

Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii (VLSH) works with pro bono attorneys to provide legal services in the areas of family law, Chapter 7 bankruptcy, veterans benefits, estate planning, landlord-tenant law, small claims, and driver’s license re-instatement. VLSH has an ongoing need for volunteers on its intake staff and for its driver license re-instatement program. For an updated list of programs needing volunteers, please contact or by telephone at (808) 528-7050.

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