We will continue to update this page as new developments arise.
The Hawaiʻi State Judiciary is focused on ensuring the safety of all court users and Judiciary personnel in response to the COVID-19 virus. The Judiciary remains vigilant and continues planning for needed adjustments.
- Judiciary Announces Court Operations Updates (3/21/2022)
Courthouse and Facility Updates
Courts of Appeal
- COVID-19 Protocols for In-Person Oral Arguments before the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court and Hawaiʻi Intermediate Court of Appeals (Eff. 4/11/2023)
- COVID-19 Advisory (Aliʻiōlani Hale) (Eff. 4/10/2023)
First Circuit (Oʻahu)
- Rural Courts and Traffic Violations Bureau and Fiscal payment counter service hours are: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, except State holidays. Please note that some service requests might take longer to complete, so we recommend you visit us earlier in the day. For example, processing bail refunds, bench warrant recalls, motion to set aside default judgments, and posting of bail/bonds can take additional time.
- District Court Filing and Services, and bail posting will be accepted at the Legal Documents Branch at the Honolulu District Court third floor: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, except State holidays.
- Circuit Court Filing Window and File Room: 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday except State holidays.
If you are unable to submit documents electronically, then you may file them at the respective District courthouse. For questions about any District Court case on Oahʻu, please call 808-538-5629 or 808-538-5767.
Family Court questions? Call 808-954-8000 and press:
- 2 for cashiers
- 3 for Hookele Program (Self-Help Desk)
- 4 for information on court hearings, calendar clerks, and court clerks
- 5 for juvenile matters – child welfare cases, juvenile (law violations) cases
- 6 for Family Court Legal Documents
- 7 for Legal Research and Adoptions Unit
- 8 for TRO Hotline
- 9 for Waiʻanae District Court
If you have a question about a hearing or motion, be prepared to provide your case identification number. If your question is about child support, child custody, and visitation, please tell the staff whether it’s a divorce case or paternity case.
Second Circuit (Maui County) – See below under Orders, Second Circuit (Maui County). Third Circuit (Hawaiʻi island)
All Third Circuit (Hawaiʻi island) courthouse Legal Documents, Traffic Violations, and Fiscal “counter” and phone service hours will be from 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday, except State holidays.
- A “drop box” for Circuit, Family, and District court filings is available in the lobby of each courthouse.
- A payment “drop box” (with envelopes) will be available in the lobby of each courthouse.
- To file a Family Court TRO (temporary restraining order), please contact Child and Family Services at 808-935-2188 (Hilo, South Kohala) or 808-323-2664 (Kona).
- To file a District Court TRO (temporary restraining order), forms are available on the Judiciary’s website at www.courts.state.hi.us and in each courthouse lobby.
- Bail will continue to be accepted and processed at the court Monday to Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fifth Circuit (Kauaʻi)
Legal Documents (808-482-2330)
Traffic Department (808-482-2355)
Fiscal Office (808-482-2340)
- The Law Library is open Monday-Wednesday-Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon, by appointment only. Please call 808-482-2337, if you would like to schedule an appointment to use the Law Library.
- TRO services: Please call YWCA Domestic Violence Crisis Hotline at 808-245-6362 for assistance with filing for a temporary restraining order.
- Self-Help Center assistance available by phone
Fifth Circuit (Kauaʻi) Court Directory: 808-482-2300
- Adult probation – Adult Client Services: 808-482-2400
- Juvenile family court matters, Juvenile Client and Family Services: 808-482-2350
- Drug Court: 808-482-2363
- Juvenile guardianship, incapacitated individual guardianship, community service call Special Services: 808-482-2570
- Driver’s Education: 808-482-2383
- Office of the Public Guardian: 808-482-2555
- Small Estates and Guardianship: 808-482-2343
- Sheriff’s Department: 808-482-2470
Individuals who are denied entry due to COVID related concerns will need to call 808-482-2308.
Individuals who are denied entry due to travel related concerns will need to call 808-482-2435.
Individuals with an upcoming court date should contact their attorney.
Individuals without an attorney, call before coming to court:
District Court: 808- 482-2645
Circuit Court or Family Court Legal Documents: 808-482-2330
Traffic Department: 808-482-2355
Pay for traffic citations at https://www.courts.state.hi.us/self-help/traffic/the_etraffic_hawaii_website
- Order Regarding Judiciary Operations (3/21/2022)
Courts of Appeal
First Circuit (Oʻahu)
- NEW! General Order #3 Regarding All Trial Courts of the First Circuit (4/10/2023)
- Foreclosure Operational Order #2 Regarding the Foreclosure Calendar of the First Circuit(3/17/2023)
- Order of Correction for Operational Order #1 Regarding Summary Possession and Ejectment Cases Entered on July 26, 2022 (7/29/2022)
- Operational Order #1 Regarding Summary Possession and Ejectment Cases Filed with the District Court of the First Circuit; Exhibits 1-5 (7/26/2022)
- General Order #1 Regarding All Trial Courts of the First Circuit of the State of Hawaiʻi (3/21/2022)
- Civil Circuit Court Operational Order #1 Regarding Operations in Circuit Court of the First Circuit (3/21/2022)
- District Court Operational Order #1 Regarding Operations in the District Court of the First Circuit (3/21/2022)
- Family Court Operational Order #1 Regarding Operations in the Family Court of the First Circuit (3/21/2022)
- Criminal Circuit Court Operational Order #1 Regarding Operations in the Circuit Court of the First Circuit (3/21/2022)
- Probate Operational Order #1 Regarding the Probate Calendar of the First Circuit Court (3/21/2022)
Second Circuit (Maui County)
Third Circuit (Hawaiʻi island)
Fifth Circuit (Kauaʻi)
For Self-Represented Litigants
Statewide Court Self-Help Centers and Access to Justice Room – Help by Telephone Available
Volunteer attorneys are available by phone on certain days of the week. Go to the Self-Help Centers page for details. Other resources for qualifying individuals:
- The Legal Aid Intake Hotline will be available at its normal hours, Monday – Friday from 9 – 11:30 a.m. and from 1 – 3:30 p.m. Those needing legal help or have a legal issue due to the impact of COVID-19 should call 808-536-4302 (Oahu) and 1-800-499-4302 (Neighbor Islands).
- Hawaii Online Pro Bono (HOP): https://hawaii.freelegalanswers.org
ABA Free Legal Answers is an online legal advice clinic for qualifying users to post civil legal questions at no cost. Volunteer Attorneys will respond via online.
- Law Help: https://www.lawhelp.org/hi
Legal informational brochures, videos and online court forms for family, housing and other civil legal problems.