Hawaii Supreme Court to hear Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest v. City & County of Honolulu, et al.
The Hawaii Supreme Court will hear the case of Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest Inc. v. City & County of Honolulu and Honolulu Police Commission at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17.
Civil Beat appealed and filed an application for transfer, questioning whether the circuit court "erred in holding that the Sunshine Law personnel privacy exception broadly applies to all discussion of personnel matters concerning the chief of police regardless whether 'consideration of matters affecting privacy will be involved,'" according to the court.
The original case revolved around a three closed meetings the "Commission held in January 2017 concerning then-Chief of Police Louis Kealoha, who had received notice that he was the target of a federal criminal investigation and voluntarily placed himself on leave," the court states.
Hawaii Supreme Court case number SCAP-17-0000899