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Intermediate Court of Appeals – Frequently Asked Questions

This information is intended to provide a brief overview of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about appeals to the Hawai`i Intermediate Court of Appeals (ICA). See the ICA Appellate Process Chart. We hope that you find these FAQs to be helpful and informative.

Please be advised that these FAQs do not constitute legal advice and cannot be cited as legal authority. Applicable statutes and rules are subject to amendment and interpretation by judicial decision, and these amendments and interpretations may not always be reflected in the FAQs. So it is essential to consult the applicable statutes and rules (which may have been revised and amended) as well as relevant case law, especially with regard to deadlines and other requirements that must be satisfied for an appeal to proceed.

The FAQS do not replace or modify the Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS), the Hawaii Rules of Appellate Procedure (HRAP), the Rules of the Intermediate Court of Appeals (RICA), the Hawaii Electronic Filing and Service Rules (HEFSR), or the Hawaii Court Records Rules (HCRR), which are all subject to revision and amendment. Failure to comply with statutes, rules, and Hawaii case law that govern the appeal process may result in dismissal of an appeal. Therefore, the applicable statutes and rules and all relevant case law should be consulted when filing an appeal.

*NOTE: These FAQs do not cover the appellate process before the Hawaii Supreme Court. For further information about appeals before the supreme court, please see the Hawaii Revised Statutes and the Hawai`i Rules of Appellate Procedure.

ICA Frequently Asked Questions (in Adobe PDF format)