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COVID-19 Information

We will continue to update this page as new developments arise.

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The Hawaii State Judiciary is focused on ensuring the safety of all court users and Judiciary personnel in response to the COVID-19 virus. Judiciary representatives are working collaboratively with the Department of Health and other state agencies to ensure our response is timely and appropriate according to the law.

This is a rapidly evolving situation. The Judiciary remains vigilant and continues planning for needed adjustments.

We encourage everyone to consult only official sources of information on COVID-19, including the Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control websites.


Judiciary Updates Regarding COVID-19

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Courthouse and Facility Updates

Courts of Appeal

First Circuit (Oahu)

  • Effective March 23 – April 30 the following District Courthouses and departments will be closed completely:
    • Ewa District Court
    • Kaneohe District Court
    • Wahiawa District Court
    • Waianae District Court
    • Traffic Violations Bureau (Honolulu District Court, 2nd floor)
    • Legal Documents Branch (Honolulu District Court, 3rd floor)

Temporary restraining orders and other documents that a party is unable to file electronically may be filed at the Honolulu District Court Information Booth, located to the right of the main entrance. For questions about any District Court case on Oahu, please call 808-538-5629 or 808-538-5767.

Second Circuit (Maui)

Third Circuit (Hawaii)

Fifth Circuit (Kauai)

The Lihue courthouse (Puuhonua Kaulike Building) is open, but with limited services from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday, except holidays.

Open
Legal Documents (808-482-2330)
Traffic Department (808-482-2355)
Fiscal Office (808-482-2383)

Closed
Self-Help Center
Law Library
TRO services (please call YWCA Domestic Violence Crisis Hotline at 808-245-6362 for assistance with filing for a temporary restraining order)

Fifth Circuit (Kauai) 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 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

Administrative Driver’s License Revocation Office (ADLRO)

Effective March 23, 2020 to April 30, 2020, the ADLRO will change its hours of operation. The office will be open from 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. All hearings will be held telephonically as scheduled. Please do not enter ADLRO if you have a fever, cough, or other respiratory symptoms; traveled outside Hawaii in the past 14 days; or have had close prolonged contact with a person who has or is suspected to have COVID-19.

Statewide Court Self-Help Centers and Access to Justice Room Closed
Beginning March 17, 2020 Court Self-Help Centers and Access to Justice Rooms statewide will be closed until further notice. 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.

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Orders

Chief Justice

Courts of Appeal

First Circuit 

Second Circuit

Third Circuit

Fifth Circuit

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For Attorneys and Self-Represented Litigants

The Judiciary is taking steps to reduce the need for inter-island travel by attorneys and self-represented litigants during this time. Those scheduled to appear on a different island than the one on which they live may ask to appear telephonically or by video conference call as permitted by court rules. Requests for telephonic appearances by attorneys or self-represented litigants who would otherwise need to travel inter-island will be liberally granted while the COVID-19 situation is ongoing. (Announced March 5, 2020)

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