The appellate courts are comprised of the Hawai`i Supreme Court and the Intermediate Court of Appeals. The trial courts include the Circuit, Family and District courts. They function in four judicial districts, represented by the four major islands:
The Fourth Circuit, which represented a portion of the island of Hawai`i, was eliminated in 1943 when it merged into the Third Circuit.
The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is responsible for the administration of all courts and appoints an administrative director who oversees operations statewide.