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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.


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Courthouse and Facility Updates

Courts of Appeal

First Circuit (Oahu)

  • Circuit Court Filing Window and File Room: 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday except State holidays.
  • [Temporary hours] Beginning August 31:  District Court Filing and Services, and bail posting will be accepted at the Information Booth at the Honolulu District Court first floor:  8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, except State holidays.
  • [Temporary hours] Beginning August 31:  Rural Courts and Traffic Violations Bureau and Fiscal payment counter service hours:  8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, except State holidays.

An electronic “Court Document Drop-Off” capability is now available for individuals wanting to submit petitions for temporary restraining orders, file written statements for traffic tickets, ask for license clearances, and other documents in civil cases.

If you are unable to submit documents electronically, then you may file them 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.

  • 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 Waianae 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) – See emergency Orders below.

Third Circuit (Hawaii)

Temporary Hours of Operation
Beginning October 5: All Third Circuit (Hawaii 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 (Kauai)

Fifth Circuit District Court To Reopen June 1

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

Available services:

  • The Law Library is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please call 808-482-2327 if you have questions.
  • 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 (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)

ADLRO is closed through November 13.  All hearings scheduled during this time will be held telephonically. You may contact the office at 808-534-6800 or toll-free from the neighbor islands at 1-866-826-5656, Respondents.adlro@courts.hawaii.gov, by fax, or by mail.

 

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Orders

Chief Justice

Courts of Appeal

First Circuit 

Second Circuit

Third Circuit

Fifth Circuit

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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.

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Language Access

COVID-19 information in various languages may be found on the Judiciary’s language-specific pages by clicking on the language needed on the left side bar of this page.

The Office of Language Access (OLA) has translated COVID-19 materials from the Hawaii Department of Health and other agencies into multiple languages. Those materials can be found on OLA’s website at:

https://health.hawaii.gov/ola/covid19-multilingual/

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