Source: (1983) Hawaii Bar Journal 18(1):37-52.

This paper describes Hawaii's experiences with neighborhood justice centers, particularly in environmental and divorce disputes, mediation in China and Japan, and attorney's involvement with mediation processes. The paper discusses how these techniques apply to Hawaii and possibly should be formalized as standard procedures. The Makiki Justice Center is described as a model of mediation that encompasses community issues, family disputes, and environmental problems. Evaluations have consistently shown high rates of success and satisfaction by those using the Center's services, with 85 percent of all cases reaching mediation being settled. A cost-benefit analysis of the Neighborhood Justice Center is supplied.