Hawaii Court Records

Hawaii court records

Hawaii’s judiciary offers a network of resources to aid in the search for any legal issue or question a member of the public may have. With access to thousands of volumes online through the Hawaii State Law Library, a historical account of virtually all Hawaii court records are available there. Support from the Hawaii Judiciary History Center encourages the public to self-educate and stay informed on current court rules and decisions in the state.

Most Hawaii court records are accessible online, though they are also maintained in Honolulu at the library’s main location.

History of Hawaii Court Records

The Hawaii Judiciary History Center is located in the Aliiolani Hale, sharing a home with the Supreme Court. They have been located there since 1874. This center was created and is maintained to support the public’s research and access to historical legal documents originating in Hawaii.

Hawaii Court Records Availability

The Hawaii Supreme Court Law Library is located in Honolulu, and offers most of its resources online. This library is at least partially federally funded, and offers access to government information as a Federal Depository Library.

Hawaii’s State Law Library offers access to legal journals and law reviews, as well as Supreme Court opinions and orders. Court rules are also maintained and updated as they change in the library. Other Hawaii court records provided include court forms and records from trial and appellate courts, current statutes and even federal court records. Information regarding other state’s laws and constitutions are also maintained by the Hawaii State Law Library.

Most of these Hawaii court records are accessible online, or may be requested in person.

Main Court Information

Hawaii’s Supreme Court was founded in 1841, and is the state’s highest appellate court. This means that it hears appeals from lower courts, federal courts and writs of certiorari. The Hawaii Supreme Court also exercises exclusive jurisdiction over court rules, elections cases and discipline of judges and attorneys.

Supreme Court justices are appointed by the governor, with the assistance of the Hawaii Judicial Selection Commission. This commission submits a list of potential justices to the governor to choose a new justice. The state senate then confirms the governor’s choice, and the justices serve 10-year terms. These terms may be renewed as long as approved by the Hawaii Judicial Selection Commission, though the justices are required to retire at age 70.

There are currently five justices who sit on Hawaii’s Supreme Court. One chief justice is appointed by the other justices serving the court.

Caseload Statistics

The Supreme Court receives approximately 200 filings per fiscal year. In 2009, there were only 127 filings and 127 dispositions. In 2014, there were 252 filings and 194 dispositions.

Hawaii Court Structure

Hawaii Court Statistics

Hawaii Courts receive 499,677 filings per year. In 2012, the court received 498,842 filings and gave 438,315 dispositions. In 2016, the state court caseload counted 506,040 filings and had 548,577 outgoing cases.

Family Court Cases

Domestic relations caseload of Hawaii at year end of 2016 has decreased by 16.1% compared to the last 5 years, in 2012 the number of incoming cases have been 15,953 with a rate of 1,146 cases per 100000 population, lower than it’s in 2016.

Domestic Relations Clearance Rates

States with More & Less Domestic Relation Caseloads than Hawaii

More Domestic Relations Cases than Hawaii:
State: Caseload:
New York570,709
Less Domestic Relations Cases than Hawaii:
State: Caseload:
Rhode Island9,335
North Dakota13,134

Hawaii Criminal Caseloads

The number of criminal cases in Hawaii counts 73,086 with 5,408 felony cases and 67,669 misdemeanors accordingly.

State Civil Caseload & Clearance Rates

In the last 5 years the number of civil cases has decreased by 6,101 cases, it went from 40,868 to 34,767 with clearance rates of 97% and 112% accordingly.

Small Claims Caseloads & Rates

Caseload: Per 100K Population: Percent of Total Caseload: Max Limit in $:
3,441 241 10.0% $5,000

Hawaii Court Locations

State Court Holidays

Holiday: Date:
New Year's DayMonday, January 1, 2018
Martin Luther King, Jr.'s BirthdayMonday, January 15, 2018
President's DayMonday, February 19, 2018
Prince Kuhio DayMonday, March 26, 2018
Good FridayFriday, March 30, 2018
Memorial DayMonday, May 28, 2018
King Kamehameha DayMonday, June 11, 2018
Independence DayWednesday, July 4, 2018
Statehood DayFriday, August 17, 2018
Labor DayMonday, September 3, 2018
General Election DayTuesday, November 6, 2018
Veterans' Day (Observed)Monday, November 12, 2018
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 22, 2018
Christmas DayTuesday, December 25, 2018

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