Skip to Content

Hawai’i Rules of Court

These court rules are posted for the Hawai‘i Supreme Court by the Supreme Court Law Library. Orders of Amendment, as filed by the Court, are posted on the Internet after they are received by the Library.  An archive of the Orders of Amendment is available electronically from 2005.

Proposed rules amendments and on-line comment form, as spotlighted on the Judiciary home page, are also linked here for your consideration.

Forms appended to the rules are available on the Judiciary’s web site.

If you have any questions or comments about this page, please email us.

This is an official electronic publication of the Hawai‘i Rules of Court.  The Hawai‘i Judiciary makes every effort to ensure that electronically published information is accurate and current but presents this information without warranties, express or implied, regarding the information’s accuracy, timeliness, or completeness and shall not be held liable for any loss or damage whatsoever resulting from any use made of the electronic Hawai‘i Rules of Court.

Discrepancies between the electronic and print versions of the Hawai‘i Rules of Court may be resolved by viewing the supreme court’s orders adopting or amending the rules at the Office of the Clerk, 417 S. King. St., Honolulu, HI, 96813.

Order Rescinding Statewide Court Administrative Orders and Memoranda
[filed June 9, 2010, effective June 9, 2010]

Order Amending the Hawaii Rules of Professional Conduct
[filed June 25, 2013, effective January 2, 2014] 

Last Updated: February 27, 2018

Title Effective Date Orders of Amendment Proposed Amendments

Hawai‘i Rules of Penal Procedure [htm] [pdf]

Order Extending the Non-Consensual Video Conference Pilot Project in the Courts of the Third Circuit
[filed 02/08/2010; eff. nunc pro tunc 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2012] [pdf]


  Order Regarding District Court of the Second Circuit’s Use of Forms.

Rules for Conversion of Non-judicial Foreclosure Proceedings [htm] [pdf]

(fka Temporary Rules for Implementation of the Conversion Proceeding)


Hawai‘i Rules of Civil Procedure [htm] [pdf]





Rules of the Circuit Courts
[htm] [pdf]



Exhibit A: Hawai‘i Arbitration Rules
[htm] [pdf]



Hawai‘i Probate Rules
[htm] [pdf]



Rules of the Land Court
[htm] [pdf]



Hawai‘i Family Court Rules [htm] [pdf]



Rules of the District Courts
[htm] [pdf]

Order Extending Pilot Project for Submitting Written Criminal Complaints By Electronic Mail in the District Courts of the First, Third, and Fifth Circuits of the State of Hawai‘ i [04/26/2010] [pdf]


Rule 10 [am. 01/23/2018; effective 01/23/2018]  

Hawai‘i Civil Traffic Rules
[htm] [pdf]



District Court Rules of Civil Procedure
[htm] [pdf]


Various Forms [am. 01/23/2018; effective 01/23/2018]  

Rules of the Small Claims Division of the District Courts
[htm] [pdf]



Hawai‘i Court Records Rules
[htm] [pdf]

Amended Order Staying Enforcement of Rule 9, Hawaii Court Records Rules for Certain Case Types [filed 10/19/2010; eff. 10/19/2010 until 01/01/2012] [ADA]


Order Continuing and Expanding the Stay of Enforcement of Rules 6 and 9 [filed 06/21/2012; eff until 09/01/2012]


Hawai‘i Electronic Filing and Service Rules
[htm] [pdf]

Order Exempting Civil Traffic and Administrative Driver’s License Revocation Office Cases from the Requirements of the Hawaii Electronic Filing and Service Rules [am. 05/04/2012]

Order Staying Enforcement of Rule 12 [filed 08/08/2012; eff. until 08/13/2012]






Hawai‘i Rules of Appellate Procedure
[htm] [pdf]





Rules Expediting Child Protective Appeals [htm] [pdf]


Hawai‘i Appellate Mediation Program Rules (fka Hawai‘i Appellate Conference Program Rules) [htm] [pdf]



Rules of the Supreme Court [htm] [pdf]

Order Approving Referral Agencies [filed 04/11/2006, eff. 04/11/2006] [pdf]

Order Exempting Traffic and Administrative Driver’s License Revocation Office Cases from the Requirements of the Hawai‘i Electronic Filing and Service Rules [filed 08/31/2010] [pdf]


Rule 1.17 [am. 02/09/2018; effective 07/01/2018]

Rules 1.9(a), 10.1(a) and 10.3(a) [am. 02/15/2018; effective 07/01/2018]

 Rule 5.1(f)(2) Submit comment via online form. Comment deadline is 03/16/2018.

Hawai‘i Board of Bar Examiners Rules of Procedure [htm] [pdf]



Exhibit A: Hawai‘i Rules of Professional Conduct [htm] [pdf]



Exhibit A-1: Guidelines of Professional Courtesy and Civility for Hawai‘i Lawyers
[htm] [pdf]



Exhibit A-2: Rules of the Disciplinary Board of the Hawai‘i Supreme Court
[htm] [pdf]



Exhibit B: Hawai‘i Revised Code of Judicial Conduct [htm] [pdf]



Exhibit B-1: Principles of Professionalism for Hawai‘i Judges
[htm] [pdf]



Lawyers’ Fund Rules & Regulations for Client Protection [htm] [pdf]



Rules Governing Trust Accounting [htm] [pdf]



Rules of the Intermediate Court of Appeals
[htm] [pdf]



Rules of the Tax Appeal Court [htm] [pdf]



Rules Governing Court Reporting [htm] [pdf]



Hawai‘i Rules for Certification of Spoken and Sign Language Interpreters [htm] [pdf]



Judicial Selection Commission Rules [htm] [pdf]



In accordance with state and federal disability laws, if you require an accommodation for a disability, when working with a court program, service, or activity, please contact the appropriate ADA coordinator at least ten (10) working days before your proceeding, hearing or appointment date.