Supreme Court Summarizes Noteworthy Amendments to Hawaii Rules of Professional Conduct
The Hawaii Supreme Court has amended the Hawai`i Rules of Professional Conduct. In an effort to present the changes in a more readable format, the Hawaii Supreme Court is providing a summary of the most noteworthy amendments.
Attorneys should review the Hawai`i Rules of Professional Conduct for all of the changes. The amendments will take effect on January 1, 2014.
Rules For Attorneys
Attorneys play key roles in helping individuals seek justice through the courts. In order to maintain high standards of professionalism, the Judiciary provides rules for those who practice law in Hawai`i
Admission to Practice
Rule 1 of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Hawai`i and Hawai`i Board of Bar Examiners Rules of Procedure govern admission to practice law in Hawai`i. The Bar Application and Instructions are available online.
Minimum conduct standards are set out in the Hawai`i Rules of Professional Conduct.
Rule 2 of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Hawai`i governs attorney disciplinary procedures in Hawai`i.
Complaints about attorneys may be directed to several organizations.
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Successful Bar Applicants
View the list of persons who passed the July 2016 Hawai`i State Bar Examination.
Download Forms and Instructions in Adobe PDF format.
Hawai`i State Bar Association
Get information about the legal profession in Hawai`i at the Hawai`i State Bar Association Web site.
Our Legal References section is a helpful resource for legal research, providing links to Opinions, Rules and law-related websites.
Appellate Tips Video Series
A special video series, spearheaded by the Hawai`i Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, titled “Tips from the Bench and Bar” is available for review on this website. The series features Hawai`i Supreme Court justices, Intermediate Court of Appeals judges, and practitioners who frequently practice in Hawai`i appellate courts. They are interviewed on practical matters of how to handle an appeal in Hawai`i.
Check the Hawaii State Bar Association membership directory to confirm the status of an attorney.