Associate Justice Michael Wilson to give update on state's new Environmental Court

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Beverly Creamer, (808) 389-5736
Media Consultant, William S. Richardson School of Law
Posted: Oct 28, 2015

 Michael D. Wilson
Michael D. Wilson

Associate Justice Michael D. Wilson of the Hawai‘i Supreme Court will update the public about the newly formed Environmental Court on Friday, November 6, during a talk at the UH Law School. The free program is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. in Classroom 2 at the William S. Richardson School of Law at 2515 Dole Street on the UH Mānoa campus.

Wilson, who was instrumental in the development of the court, is a former director of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.  In a day-long symposium at the Law School just before the Environmental Court was launched July 1, Wilson spoke of its importance.

“Without an Environmental Court there’s inconsistent application of Hawai‘i’s environmental laws,” Justice Wilson said. “Part of the purpose is to collect information related to environmental cases. It will be brought together as a repository of environmental law.”

Hawai‘i Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald appointed a number of sitting judges to preside over cases in the new court.

Wilson is expected to talk about how the court has operated in its first four months, including the types of cases that have come before it.

Justice Wilson’s talk is sponsored by the Environmental Law Program at the UH Law School. Public parking is available in the UH Parking Structure adjacent to the Law School.

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