Supreme Court of the State of Hawaii
The Supreme Court of the State of Hawai`i is the State’s court of last resort. The Supreme Court hears appeals that are properly brought before the court upon applications for writs of certiorari to the Intermediate Court of Appeals, designated direct appeals from agency decisions, and applications for transfer from the Intermediate Court of Appeals.
The Supreme Court also
- hears reserved questions of law from the circuit courts, the land court, and the tax appeal court;
- hears certified questions of law from federal courts;
- hears applications for writs to judges and other public officers;
- hears complaints regarding elections;
- makes rules of practice and procedure for all state courts;
- licenses, regulates, and disciplines attorneys; and
- disciplines judges.
Each appeal is decided on the basis of the written record. In some cases, the court may hear oral arguments. The court takes no evidence, except in original proceedings. Each justice, or a substitute from the Intermediate Court of Appeals or the Circuit Court, participates in every substantive matter before the court.
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.
The Justices of the Supreme Court
Short biographies of the Justices of the Supreme Court of Hawai`i.
Contact the Supreme Court
To find out where we are located and how to contact us, see contact information.
Supreme Court Law Library
The Supreme Court Law Library provides legal reference and information services to the Hawai`i State Judiciary, the legal community and the general public. Get a description of services in this handbook.
Download and print forms for your case.