Kauai attorneys push for county litigation team

By Melvin Givens, Digital Editor, Digital Editor
Published On: Apr 28 2014 10:03:00 PM HST
LIHUE, Hawaii -

Kauai County attorneys want to create a litigation team to reduce the amount of money spent on hiring outside counsel.

Lawyers say adding one new position this year would save hundreds of thousands of dollars.

According to The Garden Island newspaper, Kauai is the only county in the state that doesn't have a litigation team. The county often relies on private attorneys to handle litigation, including a recent high-profile lawsuit against the county regarding genetically modified crops.

Outside counsel generally costs the county about $200 to $400 per hour while county attorneys charge $35 to $45 per hour.

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