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Posted: Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 12:26 PM HST

Hawaii high court ruling impacts Family Court

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) Because of a recent Hawaii Supreme Court ruling, hundreds of Family Court cases are being dismissed.

Last month's ruling overturned a misdemeanor abuse conviction because an arraignment didn't take place at the Family Court's circuit level. Oahu's Family Court had a long-standing practice of holding arraignments in its district court and then sending cases to its circuit court without a second arraignment there.

The high court ruled that's a violation of Hawaii penal procedure.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports state judges have dismissed more than 130 Family Court misdemeanor cases and another 100 more will be tossed out.

Honolulu Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro says his office will refile the criminal charges in all dismissed cases.

He says it will be a tragedy if domestic violence victims are denied justice.



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