General information about jury service for the Hawaii state courts can be found on the internet at www.courts.state.hi.us. Click on “Get Jury Information (eJuror)” on the left side of the screen. If you cannot access eJuror, you may need to enable cookies in your browser. Use a search engine to research this topic (e.g. enable cookies internet explorer) if you need detailed instructions for your particular browser.
If you have received a Juror Summons and want to find out if you need to show up at court, call the Jury Information Line listed on your summons, or check the court's website at www.courts.state.hi.us after 5:00 pm on the business day before your scheduled date. If your trial is rescheduled, call or check the website for updated instructions after 5:00 pm on the business day before your NEW date. If you received a Grand Jury summons, please refer to your summons.
Jury Information Lines:
If you need special accommodations, contact a clerk at the number below or email email@example.com at least ten (10) working days before your court reporting date.
Under the federal and state constitutions, persons charged with serious crimes have the right to a jury trial. Additionally, the constitution provides the right to a jury trial to all parties in certain civil cases. A jury must be made up of persons who are randomly selected from a cross section of the population.
Each year, the court obtains Voter Registration and Driver's License lists, and then creates its own list of persons to contact for jury duty. After it makes the list, the court randomly selects names and mails out questionnaires to those persons. This questionnaire helps the court find people who are qualified to sit on a jury.
Any person who:
You will receive a Juror Summons by mail a few weeks before the date that you must show up at court. Call the Jury Information Line or check the Judiciary's website after 5:00 pm on the business day before your scheduled date to find out the time you will need to report. Please refer to your Participant Number, which you can find on the first page of your summons.
FIRST CIRCUIT ONLY: If you are checking after 5:00 pm on the business day before your scheduled date and a trial time is not provided, you are tentatively scheduled for an afternoon trial. Check back after 10:30 am on the morning of your scheduled date for final instructions.
If your trial is rescheduled, you will hear the NEW date and location you must show up at court. Call back or check the website for updated instructions after 5:00 pm on the business day before your NEW date.
Jury Information Line: Refer to your summons.
Website: www.courts.state.hi.us Click on “Get Jury Information” on the left side of the screen. Click on “Reporting date and time” on the right side of the screen.
If you sent in a request to be excused and your request was denied, you will hear the date you must show up at court.
You may ask the court to postpone (defer) your jury service by writing or calling the court and providing an explanation of your situation. The court may or may not defer your jury service if you have a scheduling conflict or for other legitimate reasons, but you are only allowed one deferral each time you are summoned.
SECOND CIRCUIT ONLY: Requests to be deferred MUST be in writing.
You may ask to be exempt from jury service if you:
If any of these exemptions apply, you may claim the exemption when you receive the Juror Questionnaire. These exemptions are optional, so if you do not claim it, you may receive a Juror Summons to serve on a jury.
Anyone else who wishes to be excused from jury duty must make a request to the court in writing. You may ask to be excused from jury duty because of a serious personal hardship. For example, you may be excused if you have caregiving responsibilities and there is no one who can take your place. You may also ask to be excused because of a disability or medical condition. If you are asking to be excused due to a disability or medical condition, you must submit a physician’s or physician assistant’s certificate as to the disability.
Written requests for excusal from jury duty must be mailed to the court listed on the summons and postmarked at least two (2) weeks prior to your appearance date. Include your name, address, home/business/cell phone numbers, email address, date summoned to appear, courtroom number, time, participant and pool numbers. Also include reasons why you are asking to be excused and supporting documents (i.e. airline tickets/itinerary; doctor’s note). The request must be signed by the summoned juror. You will be notified in writing of the court’s decision. If you do not receive a response, your request has not been granted and you are expected to appear in court as summoned.
No, not at this time. We hope to provide this service in the near future.
If you do not fully understand the English language, you must still appear in person on the date you are summoned and request to be excused by the court. A family member or friend who can speak English may accompany you to provide assistance.
If you need special accommodations, such as sight interpreter, hearing amplification, or special seating, etc, please contact the Jury Staff (see Contact Information at the beginning of this FAQ) or email firstname.lastname@example.org at least ten (10) working days before your jury service date. Please contact the Jury Staff and let them know what type of assistance you will need. If you cannot be reasonably accommodated, you may ask to be excused by providing copies of documents verifying your condition. Please refer to your summons or click here for contact information.
Contact the Jury Staff. Please refer to your summons or click here for contact information.
If you receive a Juror Summons, you must show up at court on the date printed in the Summons. You will join other people who have been summoned for jury duty. The court will randomly select names from the people in your group. If your name is called, you will be asked to sit in the jury box. The attorneys in the case, and sometimes the judge, will ask you questions. When you have answered all of the questions, you will either be chosen to sit on the jury or be excused. This process usually takes one day, but may take longer in some cases.
If you are chosen as a juror, you must serve for the entire trial and deliberations. Many trials last about 3 to 4 days. Some may be longer, depending on the type of trial. The judge will tell you how long the trial is expected to last.
The attorneys and judge try to schedule trials as best as they can, but unexpected matters always come up. There are many instances during a trial where the judge and attorneys must discuss legal matters that the jury is not allowed to hear. You may bring reading material, work or craft items. Leave all scissors, pocket knives and other such items at home or they will be confiscated.
The court is open from 7:45 am to 4:30 pm and trials are scheduled within this time period. If you are chosen as a juror, you should plan on staying the entire day at court.
Yes. Secure and lock your car as the Judiciary is not responsible for any damage or theft of your vehicle. If you choose to drive, please allow yourself extra time to find parking.
Yes. For all Circuits, on the first day you report, all jurors will go through orientation that may include a 20-minutes informational video and will answer questions on how to fill out payment cards, parking, and other matters.
The courts do not have strict dress codes but encourage you to dress appropriately: no shorts, slippers, tank tops, or hats. Many courtrooms are cold so you may wish to bring a jacket or sweater. Gum chewing, drinking, eating, and smoking are not permitted in court. No sunglasses should be worn in the Courtroom, with the exception of prescription glasses. Do not bring children to court. Child Care is not available.
You should call the court to which you are assigned as soon as possible. Call the Jury Staff to obtain the telephone number of the court you are assigned to. Please refer to your summons or click here for contact information.
Jurors will be allowed to take notes during trial unless there are exceptional circumstances.
Yes. Restrooms are located nearby.
Yes. Further information will be provided during your orientation.
It is highly recommended that you do not bring electronic equipment to court. Communication devices may be used in the waiting area depending on the Circuit, but these must be turned off in the courtroom. Further information will be provided during your orientation.
Generally, the courts do not isolate jurors. Typically, if a trial continues, you will be excused at the end of the day and told to return the following day.
During the trial, news media are not allowed to photograph or film the jurors. The names of jurors are only disclosed to the parties and attorneys in the case. The parties and their friends and family, attorneys, and reporters must not talk to you during the trial. After the trial is done, however, the news media, attorneys and parties may contact you, but you do not have to talk to them. You may talk to the judge at any time that you have a concern about your privacy.
Once the clerk reads the verdict in court, the jury may be polled. Jurors are thanked by the judge for their service and may go home.
Some jurors find it helpful to give the judge and attorneys feedback about the trial. Some jurors also ask fellow jurors for their phone numbers in order to discuss aspects of the case with those who shared the same experience. If you do not want to be contacted after the trial, let the judge know.
After long or stressful trials, some jurors may feel disoriented and may need to talk to a professional about feelings the trial may have brought up. The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) publishes a manual Through the Eyes of the Juror: A Manual for Addressing Juror Stress. NCSC can be contacted at 800-877-1233.
As a courtesy, we suggest you inform your employer as soon as you receive your summons.
There is no Hawai`i law that requires employers to pay employees while serving jury duty. Some employers do pay normal salaries to employees serving on a jury. You will need to check with your employer. Also, individuals who belong to labor unions may be covered through their union contracts.
Hawai`i Revised Statutes Section 612-25 prohibits employers from firing employees because of jury duty. Pursuant to HRS section 612-25, an employee who has been fired because of jury duty may bring an action against the employer to recover lost wages and to be reinstated.
The jury clerk or law clerk of the trial can provide you with a work excuse form to certify that you served as a juror.
You will receive $30 for each day of jury service plus round-trip mileage at 33 cents per mile from your home to the courts. If you ask to be excused from jury duty and the judge grants your request, you may only be entitled to mileage reimbursement. Checks are mailed to your home approximately 3 or 4 weeks after a jury pay period ends. The payroll cycle closes on the 15th and last day of each month.
The court will provide you with lunch only when you are in deliberation. Jurors who are not in deliberation are usually on recess for lunch from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. If you bring home lunch, the jury room at your court location is available for your use.
If you receive the jury fee as extra income, you must declare the fee when filing your state and federal income tax returns. The courts will provide you with a 1099 Miscellaneous Income form if you receive more than $600 in jury fees. If you have further questions about your payment, please call the Jury Staff. Please refer to your summons or click here for contact information.
A grand jury is a jury that hears evidence in criminal matters and decides whether the defendant should be indicted or charged with committing a crime. If you receive a grand jury summons, please call the court that is listed in the summons.