HAWAIʻI FAMILY

COURT RULES

(SCRU-11-0000582)

 

 

 

 

 

Adopted and Promulgated by

the Supreme Court

of the State of Hawaiʻi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 15, 1989

With Amendments as Noted

 

 

 

 

 

Comments and commentary are provided by the Rules committee

for interpretive assistance.  The comments and commentary express

the view of the committee and are not binding on the courts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Judiciary

State of Hawaiʻi


 

 


HAWAIʻI FAMILY COURT RULES

 

 

Table of Contents

 

PART A.  GENERAL RULES

 

I.  SCOPE OF RULES - ONE FORM OF ACTION;

ELECTRONIC FILING

 

Rule 1.       SCOPE OF RULES; CONSTRUCTION, APPLICATION,

                  AND INTERPRETATION OF RULES; EFFECT OF ELECTRONIC

                  FILING; AUTOMATION.

                  (a)     Scope.

                  (b)     Construction and Application.

                  (c)     Interpretation of Rules.

                  (d)     Effect of Hawaiʻi Electronic Filing and Service Rules.

                  (e)     Effect of automation on processes and procedures.

                  (f)     Definitions.

 

Rule 1.1.    REGISTRATION IN JUDICIARY ELECTRONIC FILING AND

                  SERVICE SYSTEM REQUIRED FOR ATTORNEYS IN CASES

                  MAINTAINED IN JUDICIARY INFORMATION MANAGEMENT

                  SYSTEM.

 

Rule 1.2.    FAMILY COURT CASES MAINTAINED IN JIMS.

 

Rule 1.3.    CLASSIFICATION OF ACTIONS.

 

Rule 2.       CIVIL ACTION.

 

Rule 2.1.    COMPLIANCE WITH RULES.

 

 

II.  COMMENCEMENT OF ACTION: SERVICE OF PROCESS,

PLEADINGS, MOTIONS AND ORDERS

 

Rule 3.       COMMENCEMENT OF ACTION.

 

Rule 4.       PROCESS.

                  (a)     Summons: Issuance.

                  (b)     Summons: Form.

                  (c)     Summons: By whom served.

                  (d)     Summons: Personal service.

                  (e)     Summons: Other service.


 

                  (f)     Territorial limits of effective service.

                  (g)     Return.

                  (h)     Amendment.

 

Rule 5.       FILING AND SERVICE OF PLEADINGS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS

                  ON PARTIES.

                  (a)     Service: When required.

                  (b)     Service of Post-Decree Motions: How made.

                  (c)     Service of All Other Documents:  How made.

                  (d)     Proof of service.

                  (e)     Certificate of service.

                  (f)     Filing.

                  (g)     Filing with the court defined.

                  (h)     Nonfiling of discovery materials.

 

Rule 5.1.    SERVICE OF JUDGMENTS, DECREES, OR ORDERS

                  BY ATTORNEYS.

 

Rule 5.2.    NOTICE IN PROCEEDING RELATING TO CHILD IN FOSTER CARE.

 

Rule 6.       TIME.

                  (a)     Computation.

                  (b)     Enlargement.

                  (c)     Reserved.

                  (d)     For motions; affidavits or declarations.

                  (e)     Additional time after service by mail.

                  (f)     Filing deadlines.

 

 

III. PLEADINGS AND MOTIONS

 

Rule 7.       PLEADINGS ALLOWED.

 

Rule 7.1.    FORM AND FORMATTING OF PLEADINGS, MOTIONS,

                  AND OTHER DOCUMENTS.

                  (a)     Form.

                  (b)     No blank sheet shall be attached to any pleading, motion,

                           or other document.

                  (c)     Caption; form of first page.

                  (d)     Two or more documents filed together.

                  (e)     Proposed findings, conclusions, orders, or judgments

                           submitted for signature.

                  (f)     Sanctions.

 

Rule 7.2.    DOCUMENTS SEALED UPON FILING.

 


 

Rule 8.       GENERAL RULES OF PLEADING.

                  (a)     Claims for relief.

                  (b)     Defenses; form of denials.

                  (c)     Affirmative defenses.

                  (d)     Demurrers, pleas, etc., abolished.

                  (e)     Effect of failure to deny.

                  (f)     Pleading to be concise and direct; consistency.

                  (g)     Construction of pleadings.

                  (h)     Appearance and waiver.

 

Rule 9.       PLEADING SPECIAL MATTERS.

                  (a)     Capacity.

                  (b)     Fraud, mistake, condition of the mind.

                  (c)     Conditions precedent.

                  (d)     Official document or act.

                  (e)     Judgment.

                  (f)     Time and place.

                  (g)     Reserved.

 

Rule 10.     MOTIONS.

                  (a)     Form of motions.

                  (b)     Declaration in lieu of affidavit.

                  (c)     Motions requesting financial relief.

                  (d)     Response to motions; effect of failure to appear.

                  (e)     Appearance and waiver.

 

Rule 11.     SIGNING OF PLEADINGS, MOTIONS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS;

                  SANCTIONS.

 

Rule 11.1.  LIMITED APPEARANCE AND WITHDRAWAL.

                  (a)     Limited Appearance of Attorneys.

                  (b)     Termination of Limited Representation.

                  (c)     Pleading Prepared for Unrepresented Party.

 

Rule 12.     DEFENSES AND OBJECTIONS - WHEN AND HOW PRESENTED – BY

                  PLEADING OR MOTION - MOTION FOR JUDGMENT ON THE

                  PLEADINGS.

                  (a)     When presented.

                  (b)     How presented.

                  (c)     Motion for judgment on the pleadings.

                  (d)     Preliminary hearings.

                  (e)     Motion for more definite statement.

                  (f)     Motion to strike.

                  (g)     Consolidation of defenses in motion.

                  (h)     Waiver or preservation of certain defenses.

 


 

Rule 13.     COUNTERCLAIM AND CROSS-CLAIM.

                  (a)     Compulsory counterclaims.

                  (b)     Permissive counterclaims.

                  (c)     Counterclaim exceeding opposing claim.

                  (d)     Counterclaim against the State.

                  (e)     Counterclaim maturing or acquired after pleading.

                  (f)     Omitted counterclaim.

                  (g)     Cross-claim against co-party.

                  (h)     Joinder of additional parties.

                  (i)      Separate trials; separate judgment.

 

Rule 14.     THIRD-PARTY PRACTICE.

                  (a)     When parties may bring in third-party.

                  (b)     Reserved.

 

Rule 15.     AMENDED AND SUPPLEMENTAL PLEADINGS.

                  (a)     Amendments.

                  (b)     Amendments to conform to the evidence.

                  (c)     Relation back of amendments.

                  (d)     Supplemental pleadings.

 

Rule 16.     CONFERENCES WITH THE COURT; FORMULATING ISSUES.

 

 

IV. PARTIES

 

Rule 17.     PARTIES; CAPACITY.

                  (a)     Real party in interest.

                  (b)     Reserved.

                  (c)     Minors or incompetent persons.

                  (d)     Unidentified defendant.

 

Rule 18.     RESERVED.

 

Rule 19.     JOINDER OF PERSONS NEEDED FOR JUST ADJUDICATION.

                  (a)     Persons to be joined if feasible.

                  (b)     Determination by court whenever joinder not feasible.

                  (c)     Pleading reasons for nonjoinder.

                  (d)     Reserved.

 

Rule 19A.  REPEALED.

 

Rule 20.     PERMISSIVE JOINDER OF PARTIES.

                  (a)     Permissive joinder.

                  (b)     Separate trials.

 

Rule 21.     MISJOINDER AND NON-JOINDER OF PARTIES.

 

Rule 22.     RESERVED.

 

Rule 23.     RESERVED.

 

Rule 24.     INTERVENTION.

                  (a)     Intervention of right.

                  (b)     Permissive intervention.

                  (c)     Procedure.

                  (d)     Notice of Claim of Unconstitutionality.

 

Rule 25.     SUBSTITUTION OF PARTIES.

                  (a)     Death.

                  (b)     Incompetency.

                  (c)     Reserved.

                  (d)     Reserved.

 

 

V.  DEPOSITIONS AND DISCOVERY

 

Rule 26.     GENERAL PROVISIONS GOVERNING DISCOVERY.

                  (a)     Discovery methods.

                  (b)     Discovery scope and limits.

                           (1)     In General.

                           (2)     Limitations.

                           (3)     Reserved.

                           (4)     Trial Preparation:  Materials.

                           (5)     Trial Preparation:  Experts.

                           (6)     Claims of Privilege or Protection of Trial Preparation Materials.

                  (c)     Protective orders.

                  (d)     Sequence and timing of discovery.

                  (e)     Supplementation of responses.

                  (f)     Discovery conference.

                  (g)     Signing of discovery requests, responses, and objections.

 

Rule 27.     DEPOSITIONS BEFORE ACTION OR PENDING APPEAL.

                  (a)     Before action.

                           (1)     Petition.

                           (2)     Notice and service.

                           (3)     Order and examination.

                           (4)     Use of deposition.

                  (b)     Pending appeal.

                  (c)     Perpetuation by action.

 

Rule 28.     PERSONS BEFORE WHOM DEPOSITIONS MAY BE TAKEN.

                  (a)     Within the United States.

                  (b)     In foreign countries.

                  (c)     Disqualification for interest.

 

Rule 29.     STIPULATIONS REGARDING DISCOVERY PROCEDURE.

 


 

Rule 30.     DEPOSITIONS UPON ORAL EXAMINATION.

                  (a)     When depositions may be taken; when leave required.

                  (b)     Notice of examination: General requirements; method of recording;

                           production

                           of documents and things; deposition of organization; deposition by

                           telephone.

                  (c)     Examination and cross-examination; record of examination; oath;

                           objections.

                  (d)     Schedule and duration; motion to terminate or limit examination.

                  (e)     Review by witness; changes; signing.

                  (f)     Certification and delivery by officer; exhibits; copies.

                  (g)     Failure to attend or to serve subpoena; expenses.

 

Rule 31.     DEPOSITIONS UPON WRITTEN QUESTIONS.

                  (a)     Serving questions; notice.

                  (b)     Officer to take responses and prepare record.

                  (c)     Notice of filing.

 

Rule 32.     USE OF DEPOSITIONS IN COURT PROCEEDINGS.

                  (a)     Use of depositions.

                  (b)     Pretrial disclosures.

                  (c)     Objections to admissibility.

                  (d)     Form of presentation.

                  (e)     Effect of errors and irregularities in depositions.

                           (1)     As to Notice.

                           (2)     As to Disqualification of Officer.

                           (3)     As to Taking of Deposition.

                           (4)     As to Completion and Return of Deposition.

 

Rule 33.     INTERROGATORIES TO PARTIES.

                  (a)     Availability.

                  (b)     Answers and objections.

                  (c)     Scope; use at trial.

                  (d)     Option to produce business records.

 

Rule 34.     PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS AND THINGS AND ENTRY UPON

                  LAND FOR INSPECTION AND OTHER PURPOSES.

                  (a)     Scope.

                  (b)     Procedure.

                  (c)     Persons not parties.

 

Rule 35.     PHYSICAL AND MENTAL EXAMINATION OF PERSONS.

                  (a)     Order for examination.

                  (b)     Report of examiner.

 

Rule 36.     REQUESTS FOR ADMISSION.

                  (a)     Request for admission.

                  (b)     Responses.

                  (c)     Objections to the response.

                  (d)     Effect of admission.

 

Rule 37.     FAILURE TO MAKE OR COOPERATE IN DISCOVERY; SANCTIONS.

                  (a)     Motion for order compelling discovery.

                           (1)     Appropriate court.

                           (2)     Motion.

                           (3)     Evasive or incomplete answer or response.

                           (4)     Expenses and sanctions.

                  (b)     Failure to comply with order.

                           (1)     Sanctions by court in circuit where deposition is taken.

                           (2)     Sanctions by court in which action is pending.

                  (c)     Failure to disclose; false or misleading disclosure; refusal to admit.

                  (d)     Failure of party to attend at own deposition or serve answers to

                           interrogatories or respond to request for inspection.

                  (e)     Expenses against the State.

 

 

VI. TRIALS

 

Rule 38.     RESERVED.

 

Rule 39.     RESERVED.

 

Rule 40.     ASSIGNMENT OF CASES FOR TRIAL; CONTINUANCE OF TRIAL.

                  (a)     Assignment of case for trial.

                  (b)     Motions for continuance.

                  (c)     Consent of party to continuance of trial.

 

Rule 41.     DISMISSAL OF ACTIONS.

                  (a)     Voluntary dismissal: Effect thereof.

                           (1)     By notice of dismissal; by stipulation.

                           (2)     By order of court on initiating party’s motion to dismiss.

                  (b)     Involuntary dismissal: Effect thereof.

                  (c)     Dismissal of cross-action.

                  (d)     Reserved.

                  (e)     Dismissal for want of service or prosecution.

 

Rule 42.     CONSOLIDATION; SEPARATE TRIALS.

                  (a)     Consolidation.

                  (b)     Separate trials.

 

Rule 43.     TAKING OF TESTIMONY.

                  (a)     Form.

                  (b)     Presentation of expert testimony.

                  (c)     Record of the excluded evidence.

                  (d)     Affirmation in lieu of oath.

                  (e)     Evidence on motions.

                  (f)     Interpreters.

 


 

Rule 43.1.  RECORDING OF TESTIMONY AND PROCEEDINGS.

 

Rule 44.     PROOF OF OFFICIAL RECORD.

                  (a)     Authentication.

                           (1)     Domestic.

                           (2)     Foreign.

                  (b)     Lack of record.

                  (c)     Other proof.

 

Rule 44.1.  DETERMINATION OF FOREIGN LAW.

 

Rule 45.     SUBPOENA.

                  (a)     For attendance of witnesses; form; issuance.

                  (b)     For production of documentary evidence.

                  (c)     Service and notice.

                  (d)     Subpoena for taking depositions; place of examination.

                  (e)     Duties in responding to subpoena.

                  (f)     Contempt.

 

Rule 45.1.  TESTIMONY OF MINOR CHILD.

 

Rule 46.     EXCEPTIONS UNNECESSARY.

 

Rule 47.     RESERVED.

 

Rule 48.     RESERVED.

 

Rule 49.     RESERVED.

 

Rule 50.     RESERVED.

 

Rule 51.     RESERVED.

 

Rule 52.     FINDINGS AND CONCLUSIONS BY THE COURT.

                  (a)     Effect.

                  (b)     Amendment.

 

Rule 53.     MASTERS

                  (a)     Appointment.

                  (b)     Compensation.

                  (c)     Reference.

                  (d)     Powers.

                  (e)     Report.

                  (f)     Admission.

                  (g)     Dismissal of action.

 


 

Rule 53.1.  ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION.

                  (a)     Authority to order.

                  (b)     Factors to consider; fees and expenses.

                  (c)     Selection of the neutral.

                  (d)     Disclosure.

                  (e)     Physical presence of counsel and parties required.

                  (f)     Communication by parties, counsel, neutral and the Court.

 

 

VII.  JUDGMENT

 

Rule 54.     JUDGMENT; COSTS.

                  (a)     Definition; form.

                  (b)     Reserved.

                  (c)     Demand for judgment.

                  (d)     Costs.

                  (e)     Effective date.

 

Rule 54.1.  PERIODIC PAYMENTS.

 

Rule 54.2.  MODIFICATION OF JUDGMENTS.

                  (a)     Custody and visitation.

                  (b)     Modifying or terminating support for adult children.

 

Rule 55.     DEFAULT.

                  (a)     Entry.

                  (b)     Judgment.

                  (c)     Setting aside default.

                  (d)     Plaintiff, cross-plaintiff.

                  (e)     Judgment against the State, etc.

 

Rule 56.     SUMMARY JUDGMENT.

                  (a)     For claimant.

                  (b)     For defending party.

                  (c)     Motion and proceedings thereon.

                  (d)     Case not fully adjudicated on motion.

                  (e)     Form of affidavits or declarations; further testimony; defense required.

                  (f)     When affidavits or declarations are unavailable.

                  (g)     Affidavits or declarations made in bad faith.

                  (h)     Form of order.

 

Rule 57.     RESERVED.

 


 

Rule 58.     PREPARATION AND SIGNING OF JUDGMENTS AND OTHER

                  ORDERS.

                  (a)     Preparation of judgments and other orders.

                  (b)     Party approval or objection to form; delivery to Court.

                  (c)     Court approval; sanctions.

                  (d)     Request for entry.

                  (e)     No waiver of right to appeal.

                  (f)     Documents submitted for court’s signature pursuant to formal hearing.

                  (g)     Preparation of stipulated order when provisions on record.

 

Rule 58.1.  STIPULATIONS AND ORDERS.

                  (a)     Forms of stipulations and orders.

                  (b)     Stipulations extending or enlarging time.

 

Rule 59.     NEW TRIALS; RECONSIDERATION OR AMENDMENT OF

                  JUDGMENTS AND ORDERS.

                  (a)     Grounds.

                  (b)     Time for motion.

                  (c)     Time for serving affidavits or declaration.

                  (d)     On initiative of court.

                  (e)     Motion to reconsider, alter or amend a judgment or order.

                  (f)     Entry of judgment.

 

Rule 60.     RELIEF FROM JUDGMENT OR ORDER.

                  (a)     Clerical mistakes.

                  (b)     Mistakes; inadvertence; excusable neglect; newly discovered evidence;

                           fraud.

 

Rule 61.     HARMLESS ERROR

 

Rule 62.     STAY OF PROCEEDINGS TO ENFORCE A JUDGMENT.

                  (a)     No automatic stay: Exceptions - Injunctions, receiverships and

                           accountings.

                  (b)     Stay on motion for new trial or for alteration or amendment of judgment

                           or order.

                  (c)     Restraining orders pending appeal.

                  (d)     Stay upon appeal.

                  (e)     Stay in favor of the State, etc.

                  (f)     Reserved.

                  (g)     Power of supreme court and intermediate court of appeals not limited.

                  (h)     Reserved.

 

Rule 63.     DISABILITY OF JUDGE.

 

 


 

VIII.  PROVISIONAL AND FINAL REMEDIES AND SPECIAL PROCEEDINGS

 

Rule 64.     RESERVED.

 

Rule 65.     INJUNCTIONS.

                  (a)     Reserved.

                  (b)     Restraining order; notice; hearing; duration.

                  (c)     Security.

                  (d)     Form and scope of restraining order.

                  (e)     Reserved.

 

Rule 65.1.  SECURITY: PROCEEDINGS AGAINST SURETIES.

                  (a)     Security and sureties.

                  (b)     Who may not be surety.

 

Rule 66.     RESERVED.

 

Rule 67.     DEPOSIT IN COURT.

 

Rule 68.     OFFER OF SETTLEMENT.

 

Rule 69.     ENFORCEMENT OF JUDGMENT OR ORDER FOR PAYMENT OF

                  SUPPORT.

 

Rule 70.     JUDGMENT FOR SPECIFIC ACTS; VESTING TITLE.

 

Rule 71.     PROCESS IN BEHALF OF AND AGAINST PERSONS NOT PARTIES.

 

 

IX.  APPEALS

 

Rule 72.     APPEAL TO THE FAMILY COURT.

                  (a)     How taken.

                  (b)     Time.

                  (c)     Service.

                  (d)     Record on appeal.

                           (1)     Designation.

                           (2)     Counter designation.

                  (e)     Statement of case.

                  (f)     Reserved.

                  (g)     Reserved.

                  (h)     Costs.

                  (i)      Stay.

                  (j)      Reserved.

                  (k)     Judgment.

 

 


 

Rule 72.1.  BRIEFS

                  (a)     Briefing schedules and scheduling of argument dates.

                  (b)     Opening brief, answering brief and reply brief.

                  (c)     Extension of time for briefs.

                  (d)     Briefs not timely filed or not in conformity with rule.

 

Rules 73. to 76.   RESERVED.

 

 

X.  FAMILY COURTS AND CLERKS

 

Rule 77.     FAMILY COURTS AND CLERKS.

                  (a)     Family courts always open.

                  (b)     Filing with the clerk of the court.

                  (c)     Clerk’s office and orders by clerk.

                           (1)     Orders extending time.

                           (2)     Orders granting extension.

                  (d)     Service of orders, decrees, and judgments.

                  (e)     “Court” and “family court” defined.

                  (f)     “Judge” defined.

                  (g)     Costs awarded by the court.

 

Rule 77.1.  PREPARATION OF CLERK’S MINUTES AND DEPOSIT OF EXHIBITS.

 

Rule 78.     MOTION DAY.

 

Rule 79.     CONFIDENTIALITY OF RECORDS.

 

Rule 80.     REQUEST FOR TRANSCRIPT.

                  (a)     Request for transcript.

                  (b)     Request for an audio or video recording.

                  (c)     Stenographic report or transcript as evidence.

 

 

XI.  MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

 

Rule 81.     APPLICABILITY.

                  (a)     Generally.

                  (b)     Juvenile cases.

                  (c)     Criminal cases.

                  (d)     Reserved.

                  (e)     Conflict.

                  (f)     Appeals.

                  (g)     Depositions and discovery.

                  (h)     Reserved.

                  (i)      Applicability in general.

                  (j)      Reserved.

 


 

Rule 81.1.  RESERVED.

 

Rule 82.     JURISDICTION AND VENUE UNAFFECTED.

 

Rule 83.     RULES.

 

Rule 84.     FORMS.

 

Rule 85.     TITLE.

 

Rule 86.     WITHDRAWAL OF DOCUMENTS AND EXHIBITS.

 

Rule 87.     ATTORNEYS.

                  (a)     Withdrawal of counsel unnecessary.

                  (b)     Court approval of withdrawal necessary.

                           (1)     Withdrawal and substitution of counsel.

                           (2)     Motion to withdraw as counsel.

 

Rule 88.     RESERVED.

 

Rule 89.     EXPEDITION OF COURT BUSINESS: SANCTIONS.

                  (a)     Required notice.

                  (b)     Submission of documents, adherence to court policy.

                  (c)     Effect of failure to appear or tardiness.

 

 

PART B.  Matrimonial or Civil Union Actions

 

I.  COMMENCEMENT OF ACTION:  PLEADINGS

 

Rule 90.     MATRIMONIAL OR CIVIL UNION ACTIONS; DOCUMENTS.

                  (a)     Definition.

                  (b)     Documents required.

 

Rule 91.     RESERVED.

 

Rule 92.     RESERVED.

 

 


 

II. TRIALS

 

Rule 93.     RESERVED.

 

Rule 94.     SETTING CONTESTED MATTERS FOR TRIAL.

                  (a)     Motion to set.

                  (b)     Response to Motion to Set.

                  (c)     Motion to Set conference.

                  (d)     Third party practice.

                  (e)     Deviation in time for filing.

                  (f)     Sanctions; non-appearance; failure to comply.

 

Rule 94.1.  SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE; SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE

                  STATEMENT; CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE

                  LETTER.

                  (a)     Settlement conference.

                  (b)     Confidential settlement conference letter.

                  (c)     Sanctions.

 

Rule 94.2.  TRIAL CALENDAR.

 

Rule 94.3.  PRE-TRIAL CONFERENCE, PRE-TRIAL DISCLOSURE AND

                  MARKING EXHIBITS.

                  (a)     Disclosures and exhibits.

                  (b)     Effect of Pre-Trial Order.

 

Rule 95.     RESERVED.

 

 

III.  JUDGMENTS AND ORDERS

 

Rule 96.     RESERVED.

 

Rule 97.     RESERVED.

 

 

IV. MISCELLANEOUS

 

Rule 98.     JUDGMENTS APPROVED AS TO FORM AND CONTENT BY THE

                  PARTIES IN UNCONTESTED MATRIMONIAL ACTIONS.

 

Rule 99.     RESERVED.

 

Rule 100.   RESERVED.

 

Rule 101.   RESERVED.

 

 


 

PART C.  ADOPTION

 

I.  COMMENCEMENT OF ACTION:   PLEADINGS; PARTIES; PROCESS

 

Rule 102.   RESERVED.

 

Rule 103.   PLEADINGS.

                  (a)     Reserved.

                  (b)     Reserved.

                  (c)     Names.

                           (1)     Of petitioners.

                           (2)     Of individual.

                  (d)     Signing of petition.

                  (e)     More than one individual in a petition.

                  (f)     Reserved.

                  (g)     Reserved.

                  (h)     Reserved.

 

Rule 104.   RESERVED.

 

Rule 105.   RESERVED.

 

 

II.  HEARING

 

Rule 106.   HEARING.

                  (a)     Who must attend.

                  (b)     Procedures at the hearing.

 

Rule 107.   DEFAULT.

 

Rule 108.   CONTESTED HEARING; MOTION TO SET.

 

Rule 109.   RESERVED.

 

Rule 110.   FINDINGS OF THE COURT.

 

Rule 111.   RESERVED.

 

Rule 112.   RESPONSIBILITY OF ATTORNEY AFTER ENTRY OF DECREE.

                  (a)     To obtain new birth certificate for individual.

                  (b)     To distribute copies.

 

Rule 113.   RESERVED.

 


 

II.  MISCELLANEOUS

 

Rule 114.   DISMISSAL OF ACTIONS.

 

Rule 115.   DISPOSITION OF MINOR CHILD ON DISMISSAL, WITHDRAWAL OR

                  DENIAL OF PETITION.

 

Rule 116.   RESERVED.

 

Rule 117.   RESERVED.

 

Rule 118.   AFFIDAVITS OR DECLARATIONS REQUIRED IN DOCTOR AND

                  OTHER THIRD PERSON PLACEMENT CASES, AND WHEN

                  MOTHER’S AFFIDAVIT OR DECLARATION IS REQUIRED.

                  (a)     Attorney’s affidavit or declaration of birth background.

                  (b)     Natural mother’s affidavit or declaration of relationship with natural

                           father.

                  (c)     Foreign adoption placement agency’s affidavit or declaration.

 

Rule 119.   RESERVED.

 

Rule 120.   RESERVED.

 

 

PART D.   JUVENILE PROCEEDINGS

 

I.  GENERAL PROVISIONS

 

Rule 121.   PURPOSE AND SCOPE; DEFINITIONS.

                  (a)     Purpose and scope.

                  (b)     Definitions.

 

 

II.  INTAKE

 

Rule 122.   RECEPTION OF COMPLAINT.

 

Rule 123.   INTAKE PROCEDURE.

 

Rule 124.   INFORMAL ADJUSTMENT PROCEDURE.

 

 

III.  PETITION

 

Rule 125.   CONTENTS OF PETITION.

 

Rule 126.   RESPONSIVE PLEADING OR MOTION.

 

Rule 127.   AMENDMENT OF PETITION.

 


 

IV.  TRANSFER TO CRIMINAL COURT

 

Rule 128.   RESERVED.

 

Rule 129.   TRANSFER OR WAIVER HEARING.

 

 

V.  SHELTER AND DETENTION

 

Rule 130.   ADMISSION TO SHELTER OR DETENTION.

 

Rule 131.   NOTICE OF ADMISSION TO SHELTER OR DETENTION.

 

Rule 132.   TELEPHONING AND VISITATION.

 

Rule 133.   CONTINUED DETENTION.

 

Rule 134.   PREHEARING PROCEDURE.

 

Rule 135.   DETENTION HEARING.

 

Rule 136.   REVIEW OF DETENTION ORDERS.

 

 

VI.  THE ADJUDICATION HEARING

 

Rule 137.   RESERVED.

 

Rule 138.   SUMMONS.

 

Rule 139.   CONTENTS OF SUMMONS.

 

Rule 140.   ORDER OF PROCEEDINGS.

 

Rule 141.   RESERVED.

 

Rule 142.   EXTRA-JUDICIAL STATEMENTS.

 

Rule 143.   STANDARD OF PROOF.

 

Rule 144.   FINDINGS.

 

Rule 145.   RESERVED.

 

Rule 146.   RESERVED.

 

Rule 147.   RESERVED.

 

Rule 148.   DISMISSAL OF PETITION.

 


 

VII.  THE DISPOSITION HEARING

 

Rule 149.   SOCIAL STUDY.

 

Rule 150.   CHILDREN UNDER COURT JURISDICTION: INITIATION OF

                  REVIEW PROCEEDINGS.

 

 

VIII.  MISCELLANEOUS

 

Rule 151.   JUDGMENT.

 

Rule 152.   PRESENCE AND EXCLUSION OF PARTIES.

 

Rule 153.   NOTICE TO CHILDREN.

 

Rule 154.   RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT.

 

Rule 155.   RIGHT TO COUNSEL.

 

 

IX.  OTHER PROCEDURES AND REQUIREMENTS

 

Rule 156.   RESERVED.

 

Rule 157.   COURT DISPOSITIONS REPORTED ON JUVENILE INFORMATION

                  REPORT.

 

Rule 158.   RESERVED.

 

 

 

APPENDIX OF FORMS

 

Form 1.      Agreement and Consent to Limited Representation

 

Form 1-A.  Notice of Limited Appearance

 

Form 1-B.  Notice of Withdrawal of Limited Appearance

 

Form 1-C.  Objection to Withdrawal of Limited Appearance

 

 


HAWAIʻI FAMILY COURT RULES

 

PART A. GENERAL RULES

 

I.  SCOPE OF RULES - ONE FORM OF ACTION; ELECTRONIC FILING

 

Rule 1.     SCOPE OF RULES;

                 CONSTRUCTION, APPLICATION,

                 AND INTERPRETATION OF

                 RULES; EFFECT OF

                 ELECTRONIC FILING;

                 AUTOMATION.

        (a)     Scope. These Rules govern the procedures in the family courts of the State in all suits of a civil nature with the exceptions stated in Rule 81 of these Rules.

        (b)     Construction and application.  These Rules shall be construed and applied in such manner as will advance the fair, equitable, speedy and inexpensive determination of every action.

        (c)     Interpretation of Rules.  These Rules shall be read and construed with reference to each other, the Hawaiʻi Electronic Filing and Service Rules, and the Hawaiʻi Court Records Rules.  To the extent that there is any conflict between these Rules, the Hawaiʻi Electronic Filing and Service Rules, and the Hawaiʻi Court Records Rules, the Hawaiʻi Electronic Filing and Service Rules shall prevail.  To the extent that there is any conflict between Rule 7.2 of these Rules and Rule 9 of the Hawaiʻi Court Records Rules, Rule 7.2 of these Rules shall prevail.

        (d)     Effect of Hawaiʻi Electronic Filing and Service Rules.  Documents filed and notices given in accordance with the Hawaiʻi Electronic Filing and Service Rules shall be deemed to comply with the filing, mailing, certified mailing, notice and service requirements of these Rules, except when personal service is required by these Rules or by court order.

        (e)     Effect of automation on processes and procedures.  Duties set out in these Rules may be performed by automation.

        (f)     Definitions. In addition to any definitions stated in these Rules or applicable statutes, see Rule 1 of the Hawaiʻi Electronic Filing and Service Rules for definitions.

        (Amended March 30, 2022, effective April 25, 2022.)


Rule 1.1.  REGISTRATION IN JUDICIARY

                 ELECTRONIC FILING AND

                 SERVICE SYSTEM REQUIRED

                 FOR ATTORNEYS IN CASES

                 MAINTAINED IN JUDICIARY

                 INFORMATION MANAGEMENT

                 SYSTEM.

        As provided by Rule 4 of the Hawaiʻi Electronic Filing and Service Rules, unless exempted by the court, each attorney representing a party to a case maintained in the Judiciary Information Management System (JIMS) shall register as a Judiciary Electronic Filing and Service System (JEFS) User and shall file all documents electronically. An unrepresented party may register as a JEFS User for the case in which the unrepresented party is an individual party.

        (Added March 30, 2022, effective April 25, 2022.)

 

Rule 1.2.  FAMILY COURT CASES

                 MAINTAINED IN JIMS.

        All cases filed in Family Court shall be maintained in JIMS except for cases filed under the Child Protective Act (HRS Chapter 587A) and cases filed regarding the adjudication of juvenile offenders (under HRS §571-11(1) and HRS §571-11(2)).  All documents for cases maintained in JIMS shall be filed through JEFS or JIMS as appropriate in accordance with the Hawaiʻi Electronic Filing and Service Rules.

        (Added March 30, 2022, effective April 25, 2022.)

 

Rule 1.3.  CLASSIFICATION OF ACTIONS.

        (a)     Actions in the Family Court are classified as follows and shall be assigned case numbers preceded by one of the following prefixes:

        (1)     Actions for divorce, separation, and annulment (FDV)

        (2)     Actions for civil union divorce, separation, and annulment (FCU)

        (3)     Actions for parentage filed before January 1, 2021 (FPP)

        (4)     Actions for parentage filed on or after January 1, 2021 (FPA)

        (5)     Actions for an Order for Protection (FDA)

        (6)     Actions for a Gun Violence Protective Order (FGV)

        (7)     Actions for Orders under the Child Protective Act (FC-S)

        (8)     Criminal Prosecutions of Adults (FFC)

        (9)     Adjudication of Juvenile Offenders (FC-J)

        (10)   Guardianships of the Person of Minors or Incapacitated Adults (FGD)

        (11)   Actions under the Dependent Adult Protective Services Act (FAB)

        (12)   Actions under the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (FUF)

        (13)   Actions under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (FUJ)

        (14)   Actions under the Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act (Repealed) (FUF)

        (15)   Appeals to the Family Court from the Decisions and Orders of the Office of Child Support Hearings (FAL)

        (16)   Actions for adoption (FAN)

        (17)   Actions for Termination of Parental Rights which are not brought in an FC-S case (FTM)

        (18)   Any other miscellaneous action over which the Family Court has jurisdiction (FFM)

        (b)     For documents filed in JEFS or JIMS, the prefixes stated above shall be preceded with a number (1, 2, 3, or 5) indicating the Circuit in which the action is proceeding (e.g., 1FDV, 2FDV, 3FDV or 5FDV).

        (Renumbered March 30, 2022, effective April 25, 2022.)

 

Rule 2.     CIVIL ACTION.

        Any case over which the family courts have exclusive, original jurisdiction, except a case against an adult charged with a criminal offense, shall be a “civil action” for the purpose of these Rules.

 

Rule 2.1.  COMPLIANCE WITH RULES.

        The court may impose sanctions for non-compliance with these Rules, the Hawaiʻi Electronic Filing and Services Rules, and/or the Hawaiʻi Court Records Rules, including but not limited to the sanctions authorized in Rule 37(b)(2) and 89 of these Rules.

        (Amended March 30, 2022, effective April 25, 2022.)

 


II.  COMMENCEMENT OF ACTION: SERVICE OF PROCESS,

PLEADINGS, MOTIONS AND ORDERS

 

Rule 3.     COMMENCEMENT OF ACTION.

      A civil action is commenced by filing with the court a complaint, petition, or registration of an out-of-state order, judgment, or decree under HRS Chapter 576B or HRS Chapter 583A. As used in these Rules, Acomplaint@ includes any initial pleading required by statute such as petitions, but does not include registrations filed under HRS Chapter 576B or HRS Chapter 583A.  For cases filed under HRS Chapter 576B or HRS Chapter 583A, the registration of the out-of-state order, judgment, or decree shall constitute the initial pleading.  As used in these Rules, Aplaintiff@ includes any party initiating a civil action including but not limited to cross-plaintiff(s), petitioner(s), cross-petitioner(s), etc.  As used in these Rules, Adefendant@ includes any party who is responding to a civil action, including but not limited to cross-defendant(s), respondent(s), cross-respondent(s), etc.

        (Amended March 30, 2022, effective April 25, 2022.)

 

Rule 4.     PROCESS.

        (a)     Summons: Issuance.  Upon the filing of a complaint, the clerk shall forthwith issue a summons and deliver it to the plaintiff for personal service along with the complaint by a person authorized to serve process.  Electronic service of a complaint and the accompanying summons shall not be allowed.  Upon request of the plaintiff, separate or additional summons shall issue against any defendant.

        (b)     Summons: Form.  The summons shall

        (1)     be signed by the clerk under the seal of the court,

        (2)     contain the name of the court, the names of the parties, and the date when issued,

        (3)     be directed to the defendant,

        (4)     state the name, address, telephone number, and electronic mail address of the plaintiff’s attorney, if any, otherwise the plaintiff’s address, telephone number, and electronic mail address as long as no order has been filed designating the plaintiff’s information as confidential.

 


        (5)     state the time within which the defendant is required to appear and defend under these Rules and notify the defendant that the failure to appear and defend may result in an entry of default and default judgment being rendered against the defendant for the relief demanded in the complaint, and

        (6)     state that the summons shall be personally served but that it shall not be personally served between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. on premises not open to the public, unless a judge of the family or circuit courts permits, in writing on the summons, personal delivery during those hours.

        When, under Rule 4(e) of these Rules, service is made pursuant to a statute or order, the summons or notice, or order in lieu of summons, shall correspond to that required by the statute or order.

        (c)     Summons: By whom served.  Service shall be made:

        (1)     anywhere in the State by the sheriff or the sheriff's deputy, by some other person specially appointed by the court for that purpose, or by any person who is not a party and is 18 years of age or older; or

        (2)     in any county by the chief of police of that county or a duly authorized subordinate. Subpoena, however, shall be served as provided in Rule 45 of these Rules.

        (d)     Summons: Personal service.  The complaint and the accompanying summons shall be served together. The plaintiff shall furnish the person making service with such copies as are necessary. Service shall be made as follows:

        (1)     Upon an individual other than a child or an incompetent person,

        (A)    by delivering a copy of the summons and of the complaint to the individual personally or in case the individual cannot be found by leaving copies thereof at the individual’s dwelling house or usual place of abode with some person of suitable age and discretion then residing therein or

        (B)    by delivering a copy of the summons and of the complaint to an agent authorized by appointment or by law to receive service of process.

        (2)     Upon a child, by delivering a copy of the summons and of the complaint personally

        (A)    to the parent or parents, custodian, or guardian of the minor or as provided by order of the court and

        (B)    except as required by statute, if the child is 16 years or over, also to the child.

        (3)     Upon an incompetent person, by delivering a copy of the summons and of the complaint personally

        (A)    to the guardian of the incompetent person or to the guardian or conservator of the incompetent person’s property, or if the incompetent person is living in an institution, care facility or care home, then to the director or chief executive officer of the institution or owner or operator of the care facility or care home, or if service cannot be made upon either of them, then as provided by order of the court, and

        (B)    unless the court otherwise orders, also to the incompetent person.

        (4)     Upon a domestic or foreign corporation or upon a partnership or other unincorporated association which is subject to suit under a common name, by delivering a copy of the summons and of the complaint to an officer, a managing or general agent, or to any other agent authorized by appointment or by law to receive service of process and, if the agent is one authorized by statute to receive service and the statute so requires, by mailing a copy to the defendant.

        (5)     Upon the State, by delivering a copy of the summons and of the complaint to the attorney general of the State, or to the assistant attorney general or to any deputy attorney general who has been appointed by the attorney general.

        (6)     Upon an officer or agency of the State, by serving the State and by delivering a copy of the summons and of the complaint to such officer or agency. If the agency is a corporation, the copies shall be delivered as provided in paragraph (4) of this subdivision of this Rule.

        (7)     Upon a county, as provided by statute or the county charter, or by delivering a copy of the summons and of the complaint to the corporation counsel or county attorney or any of the deputies.

        (8)     Upon an officer or agency of a county, by serving the county and by delivering a copy of the summons and of the complaint to such officer or agency. If the agency is a corporation the copies shall be delivered as provided in paragraph (4) of this subdivision of this Rule.

        (9)     Upon a defendant of any class referred to in paragraph (d)(1), (d)(2), or (d)(3) of this Rule, it is also sufficient if the summons and complaint are served in the manner prescribed by any statute.


        (e)     Summons: Other service.

        (1)     Whenever a statute or an order of court provides for service upon a party who is not a resident of or found within the State of a summons, or of a notice, or of an order in lieu of summons, service shall be made under the circumstances and in the manner prescribed by the statute or order.

        (2)     Whenever a statute or an order of court requires or permits service by publication of a summons, or of a notice, or of an order in lieu of summons, any publication pursuant thereto shall be made under the circumstances and in the manner prescribed by the statute or order. Whenever the publication in a newspaper of any summons, process, notice or order is permitted, evidence of such publication shall be given by the affidavit or declaration of the editor, publisher, manager, foreman, clerk or printer of such newspaper, not interested in the suit, action, matter or proceeding to which such publication relates, to which affidavit or declaration shall be attached a copy of such summons, process, notice or order, and which affidavit or declaration shall also specify the dates and times when and the newspaper in which the publication was made. Said affidavit or declaration shall be filed with the clerk before the time fixed for hearing.

        (3)     Whenever a statute or order of court requires or permits service by posting the pleadings and summons at a courthouse and sending a copy of the pleadings and summons to the individual’s last known address by certified mail with a return receipt requested and a directive to deliver to addressee only (i.e. restricted delivery), service shall be made under the circumstances and in the manner prescribed by the statute or order.

        (f)     Territorial limits of effective service.  All process may be served anywhere within the State and, when a statute or order so provides, beyond the limits of the State.

        (g)     Return.  The person serving the process shall make proof of service thereof to the court promptly and in any event within the time during which the person served must respond to process.  Proof of service may also be shown through the filing of an acknowledgment of service by an attorney or party or the filing of an appearance and waiver pursuant to Rule 8(h) of these Rules.  When service is made by any person specially appointed by the court, that person shall make an affidavit or declaration of such service.

        (h)     Amendment.  At any time in its discretion and upon such terms as it deems just, the court may allow any process or proof of service thereof to be amended, unless it clearly appears that material prejudice would result to the substantial rights of the party against whom the process issued.

        (Amended March 30, 2022, effective April 25, 2022.)

 

Rule 5.     FILING AND SERVICE OF

                 PLEADINGS AND OTHER

                 DOCUMENTS ON PARTIES.

        (a)     Service:  When required. Unless otherwise ordered by the Court, every document filed subsequent to the original complaint, including every written communication to the court, shall be served upon each of the parties.  Electronic service shall be made on JEFS Users as provided by Rule 6 of the Hawaiʻi Electronic Filing and Service Rules.  Conventional service shall be made on non-JEFS Users as provided in these Rules and Rules 1 and 6 of the Hawaiʻi Electronic Filing and Service Rules.  Unless otherwise ordered by the court, no service needs to be made on parties in default for failure to appear, except that pleadings asserting new or additional claims for relief against them shall be served upon them in the manner provided for service of a summons in Rule 4 of these Rules.

        (b)     Service of Post-Decree Motions: How made.  If, after the entry of a judgment, order, or decree finally determining all pending issues and after the expiration of the time for taking an appeal which lies from such judgment, order, or decree, a motion is filed raising new issues, that motion shall be personally served upon the responding party in the same manner as stated in Rule 4 of these Rules for service of a summons.  Service through JEFS or JIMS shall not be permitted.

 


        (c)     Service of All Other Documents:  How made.  Except for the service of a complaint and accompanying summons or post-decree motion or a motion filed under Rule 87(b)(2) of these Rules, whenever service of a document is required to be made upon a party and that party is represented by an attorney, service shall be made upon the attorney unless service upon the party is ordered by the court.  Documents shall be served upon attorneys electronically as provided in Rule 6 of the Hawaiʻi Electronic Filing and Service Rules.  Parties who are JEFS Users shall also be served electronically as provided in Rule 6 of the Hawaiʻi Electronic Filing and Service Rules.  Service through JEFS or JIMS is complete upon electronic transmission of the Notice of Electronic Filing.  Non-JEFS Users shall be served as follows:

        (1)     Service upon a party shall be made by delivering a copy to the party or by mailing it to the party at the party’s last known address or, if no address is known, by any other method authorized by Rule 4(e) of these Rules.

        (2)     Delivery of a copy within this Rule means: handing it to the party; or leaving it at the party’s office with a clerk or other person in charge thereof; or, if there is no one in charge, leaving it in a conspicuous place therein; or, if the party’s office is closed or the party has no office, leaving it at the party’s dwelling house or usual place of abode with some person of suitable age and discretion then residing therein.

        (3)     Service by mail is complete upon mailing.

        (d)     Proof of service.  A Proof of Service shall be filed to show proof that a pleading or other document was personally served.  Proof of Service may be by written acknowledgment of service, by affidavit or declaration of the person making service, by appearance and waiver pursuant to Rule 8(h) or 10(e) of these Rules, or by any other proof satisfactory to the court, unless otherwise provided by these Rules, order of the court, or statute. A party who has been prejudiced by failure to receive due notice or to be served, or who has been prejudiced by reason that service was made by mail, may apply to the court for appropriate relief.

        (e)     Certificate of service.  For all documents which are not required to be personally served, a certificate of service shall be filed with the court.  For electronically filed documents, the Notice of Electronic Filing shall constitute a certificate of service on JEFS Users in accordance with Rule 6.1 of the Hawaiʻi Electronic Filing and Service Rules.  For documents which are served on non-JEFS Users, a certificate of conventional service shall be filed, indicating the date the document was actually served and the method of service.

        (f)     Filing. Except as provided in subdivision (h) of this Rule, all documents after the complaint required to be served upon a party shall be filed with the court before service.

        (g)     Filing with the court defined.  The filing of pleadings and other documents with the court as required by these Rules shall be made by filing them with the clerk of the court, except that the judge may permit the documents to be filed with the judge, in which event the judge shall note thereon the filing date and forthwith transmit them to the office of the clerk. Any other rule to the contrary notwithstanding, the clerk shall not refuse to accept for filing any document presented for that purpose solely because it is not presented in proper form as required by these Rules. Proposed findings, conclusions, orders, or judgments submitted for signature shall be attached to a coversheet which includes “Proposed” in the title, although the attached document itself shall not include “Proposed” in its title, and shall be filed in accordance with Rule 9 of the Hawaiʻi Electronic Filing and Service Rules.

        (h)     Nonfiling of discovery materials.  A deposition, interrogatory, request for discovery production or inspection, request for documents, request for admissions, and answers and responses thereto shall not be filed automatically with the court; provided that on a motion or at trial any such document shall be filed when offered in evidence or submitted as an exhibit. In addition the court may at any time, on ex parte request or sua sponte, order the filing of any discovery material.  A certificate of service shall be filed by the party requesting discovery and shall indicate the date the discovery request was actually served and the method of service.  A certificate of service shall also be filed by the party responding to the discovery request and shall indicate the date the response was actually served and the method of service.

        (Amended March 30, 2022, effective April 25, 2022.)

 


Rule 5.1.     SERVICE OF JUDGMENTS,

                    DECREES, OR ORDERS

                    BY ATTORNEYS.

      In addition to the requirements of Rule 5(c) of these Rules, within 2 days after a judgment, decree, or order prepared by an attorney is filed in any case, the preparing attorney shall mail or deliver a copy of the judgment, decree, or order (and a copy of any agreement of the parties referred to therein) to the other party at the other party=s last known address if the other party is not represented by an attorney and is not a JEFS User. Proof of mailing or delivery of the copy of the judgment, decree, or order within the 2-day period to the party shall be made by filing a certificate of service consistent with Rule 5(e) of these Rules. Failure to comply with this Rule may be considered as grounds for relief from a final judgment, decree, or order under Rule 60(b)(3) or 60(b)(6) of these Rules.  The Notice of Electronic Filing automatically generated by JEFS is sufficient to show service of the order, decree, or judgment on all JEFS Users.  A judgment, decree, or order prepared by the court shall be served on parties who are not JEFS Users in accordance with Rule 6.2(b) of the Hawaiʻi Electronic Filing and Service Rules.

        (Amended March 30, 2022, effective April 25, 2022.)

 

Rule 5.2.  NOTICE IN PROCEEDING

                 RELATING TO CHILD IN

                 FOSTER CARE.

        In any judicial proceeding held with respect to a child in foster care or pursuant to Chapter 587A of the Hawaiʻi Revised Statutes, the foster parents, pre-adoptive parents, and/or relative caregivers of the child, or their attorney, shall be duly notified in writing of the proceeding. The petitioning party shall bear the burden of preparing and serving notice. Notice shall include the name of the court and names of the parties, as well as the date, time, location, and nature of the proceeding. Unless otherwise ordered by the court, notice shall be conventionally served (pursuant to Rule 1 of the Hawaiʻi Electronic Filing and Service Rules and Rules 4 and 5 of these Rules) at least 24 hours before a hearing for temporary foster custody and 48 hours before any other scheduled proceeding, subject to a shortening of time when a proceeding is set within a shorter time frame. If notice is not conventionally served (pursuant to Rule 1 of the Hawaiʻi Electronic Filing and Service Rules and Rules 4 and 5 of these Rules), no proceeding shall be held except as ordered by the court upon good cause shown. Failure to provide conventional notice as required herein may result in sanctions pursuant to Rule 89(b) of these Rules.

        (Renumbered March 30, 2022, effective April 25, 2022.)

 

Rule 6.     TIME.

        (a)     Computation. In computing any period of time prescribed or allowed by these Rules, by order of court, or by any applicable statute, the day of the act, event, or default after which the designated period of time begins to run shall not be included. The last day of the period so computed shall be included unless it is a Saturday, a Sunday or a holiday, in which event the period runs until the end of the next day which is not a Saturday, a Sunday or a holiday. When the period of time prescribed or allowed is less than 7 days, intermediate Saturdays, Sundays and holidays shall be excluded in the computation. As used in this Rule, "holiday" includes any day designated as such pursuant to section 8-1 of the Hawaiʻi Revised Statutes.

        (b)     Enlargement.  When by these Rules or by a notice given thereunder or by order of court an act is required or allowed to be done at or within a specified time, the court may in its discretion

        (1)     with or without motion or notice order, upon showing of good cause, the period enlarged if request therefor is made before the expiration of the period originally prescribed or as extended by a previous order; or

        (2)     upon motion made after the expiration of the specified period, permit the act to be done where the failure to act was the result of excusable neglect; but it may not extend the time for taking any action under Rules 52(b), 59(b), (d) and (e) and 60(b) of these Rules and Rule 4(a) of the Hawaiʻi Rules of Appellate Procedure, except to the extent and under the conditions stated in them.

        (c)     Reserved.

 


        (d)     For motions; affidavits or declarations.  A written motion, other than a motion pursuant to Rules 56 and 59 of these Rules, and one which may be heard ex parte, and notice of the hearing thereof, shall be served not later than 48 hours before the time specified for hearing, provided that whenever a motion which seeks relief pendente lite is served on the adverse party by mail in a circuit other than where the motion is filed, such service shall be made not later than 5 days before the time specified for the hearing, unless a different period is fixed by these Rules or by order of the court, and provided further that whenever the motion is served upon the adverse party outside of the State, such service shall be made not later than 20 days before the time specified for hearing, unless different period is fixed by these Rules or by order of the court. Such an order may for cause shown be made on ex parte application. When a motion is supported by an attached affidavit or declaration, the affidavit or declaration shall be served concurrently with the motion. A response shall be served not later than the day preceding the hearing, unless the court permits it to be served at some other time.

        (e)     Additional time after service by mail.  Whenever a party has the right or is required to do some act or take some proceedings within a prescribed period after the service of a notice or other document upon the party and the notice or document is served upon the party by mail, 2 days shall be added to the prescribed period.

        (f)     Filing deadlines.  Documents which are electronically filed through JEFS or JIMS shall be deemed timely filed if they are filed before midnight on the date the document is due, unless there is a specific legal requirement for an earlier deadline or if the presiding judge prescribes a specific filing deadline in a particular case.

        (Amended March 30, 2022, effective April 25, 2022.)

 

 

III. PLEADINGS AND MOTIONS

 

Rule 7.     PLEADINGS ALLOWED.

        There shall be a complaint, petition, application or written request, as required by statute, and an answer that may include a counterclaim and/or cross-claim(s); a reply to a counterclaim denominated as such; an answer to a cross-claim, if the answer contains a cross-claim; a third-party complaint, if a person who was not an original party is summoned under the provisions of Rule 14 of these Rules; and a third-party answer, if a third-party complaint is served. No other initial pleading shall be allowed, except that the court may order a reply to an answer or a third-party answer.

 

Rule 7.1.  FORM AND FORMATTING OF

                 PLEADINGS, MOTIONS, AND

                 OTHER DOCUMENTS.

        (a)     Form.  All pleadings, motions, and other documents to be filed shall be typewritten, printed, photocopied, or otherwise similarly prepared by a duplication process that will produce clear and permanent copies equally legible to printing.  Conventionally filed documents shall be printed upon unruled, opaque, unglazed white paper of standard quality not less than 13 pound weight, 8 ½ x 11 inches in size with a portrait orientation. Each sheet of text shall have a margin at the top and bottom of 1 inch (except as otherwise provided in paragraph (c) of this Rule). Each sheet of text shall have a left-hand and right-hand side margin and each margin shall be not less than 1 inch. The text of all documents shall be printed in black. The type shall be standard 12 point Times New Roman, Arial, or equivalent.  For conventionally filed documents, copies, but not originals, may be two-sided.  The lines on each page shall be double-spaced or one and one-half spaced; provided, however, descriptions of real property, and quotations, may be single spaced. All pages shall be numbered consecutively at the bottom.  Conventionally filed documents shall be firmly bound together at the top and exhibits may be fastened to pages of the specified size.  Documents, when prepared by a machine-copying process, shall be equal to typewritten material in legibility and permanency of image. Conventional signatures and all other original hand-written entries on documents shall be in black or blue ink.  The name of the person signing the pleading, motion, or other document shall be typed or printed in block letters directly below the signature.


        (b)     No blank sheet shall be attached to any pleading, motion, or other document.  No blank sheet shall be attached to the front or back of any pleading, motion, or other document. All pleadings, motions, or other documents shall be filed without backs and shall be neat, clean, legible and free of interlineations.

        (c)     Caption; form of first page.  The first page of every pleading, motion or other document shall contain a caption setting forth the name of the court, the title of the action, the case number, and the name of the pleading, motion, or other document as described below.  The first page of each document shall have either a 3-inch top margin or a 3-inch-by-3-inch space in the top right corner, to accommodate an electronic file stamp.  The first page of each document shall also have a 1.5 inch bottom margin to accommodate a court certification.  The first page of each document, except as provided below in (d) shall be in the following form:

        (1)     The space at the top left of the page shall contain the name, attorney number, office address, telephone number, facsimile number (if any), and electronic mail address of the attorney for the party on whose behalf the document is filed, or of the party if the party is not represented by an attorney and if no order has been filed designating the party’s information confidential;

        (2)     Next, the name of the court shall be centered and not less than 3 inches from the top of the page;

        (3)     Next, the space to the left of the center of the page shall contain the title of the case (which title shall include the names of all of the parties in the initial pleading, but thereafter may be appropriately abbreviated);

        (4)     In the space to the right of the title to the case, there shall be listed the case number, the title of the document, and the title of each additional document that is attached as required by (d) below; and

        (5)     Next, there shall be centered the title of the document itself.

        (d)     Two or more documents filed together.  Except as otherwise provided in this Rule, where 2 or more documents are filed together, only the first page of the first document shall follow all of the requirements of (c) above.  The top of the first page of each of the subsequent documents shall start with the name of the court and include the case number, the title of the case and the title of that document itself, in the appropriate spaces as set forth in (c) above.  Where a document is electronically filed with attached exhibits, it shall be filed in accordance with Rule 2.3 of the Hawaiʻi Electronic Filing and Service Rules and each exhibit shall have either a 3-inch top margin or a 3-inch-by-3-inch space in the top right corner, to accommodate an electronic file stamp.

        (e)     Proposed findings, conclusions, orders, or judgments submitted for signature.  Proposed findings, conclusions, orders, or judgments which are attached to a coversheet and submitted for signature pursuant to these Rules shall also comply with all of the requirements of (c) above.

        (f)     Sanctions.  The court may impose sanctions for non-compliance with these Rules.

        (Amended March 30, 2022, effective April 25, 2022.)

 

Rule 7.2.  DOCUMENTS SEALED UPON

                 FILING.

        (a)     The following documents shall be sealed upon filing:

        (1)     Divorce-Action Information/

Matrimonial-Action Information/Civil-Union

Divorce-Action Information;

        (2)     Notice/Order to Withhold Income;

        (3)     Petition for Parentage;

        (4)     Hawaiʻi Parentage-Action Information;

        (5)     Confidential Information Sheet/

Form A;

        (6)     Attachment for Information on

Additional Children

        (7)     Birth certificate;

        (8)     Marriage certificate;

        (9)     Death certificate;

        (10)   DNA-testing results;

        (11)   Court-ordered professional evaluation;

        (12)   Custody Investigation and/or

Evaluation Reports;

        (13)   Guardian Ad Litem reports; and

        (14)   Kokua Kanawai reports.

        The forgoing documents shall remain sealed unless otherwise ordered by the court.


        (b)     In addition to the forgoing, all documents filed in the following case types shall be sealed upon filing:

        (1)     Involuntary-Hospitalization and/or

Medication cases under HRS Chapter 334;

        (2)     Assisted-Community Treatment cases under HRS Chapter 334;

        (3)     Adoption cases under HRS Chapter 578; and

        (4)     Guardianship-of-a-Minor cases under HRS Chapter 560.

        (Added March 30, 2022, effective April 25, 2022.)

 

Rule 8.     GENERAL RULES OF

                 PLEADING.

        (a)     Claims for relief.  A pleading which sets forth a claim for relief, whether an original claim, counterclaim, cross-claim, or third-party claim, shall contain

        (1)     a short and plain statement of the claim showing that the pleader is entitled to relief, and

        (2)     a demand for judgment for the relief the pleader seeks. Relief in the alternative or of several different types may be demanded.

        (b)     Defenses; form of denials.  A party shall state in short and plain terms the party’s defenses to each claim asserted and shall admit or deny the averments upon which the adverse party relies. If a party is without knowledge or information sufficient to form a belief as to the truth of an averment, the party shall so state and this has the effect of a denial. Denials shall fairly meet the substance of the averments denied. When a pleader intends in good faith to deny only a part or a qualification of an averment, the pleader shall specify so much of it as is true and material and shall deny only the remainder. Unless the pleader intends in good faith to controvert all the averments of the preceding pleading, the pleader may make denials as specific denials of designated averments or paragraphs, or the pleader may generally deny all the averments except such designated averments or paragraphs as the pleader expressly admits; but, when the pleader does so intend to controvert all its averments, the pleader may do so by general denial subject to the obligations set forth in Rule 11 of these Rules.

        (c)     Affirmative defenses.  In pleading to a preceding pleading, a party shall set forth affirmatively accord and satisfaction, arbitration and award, assumption of risk, contributory negligence, discharge in bankruptcy, duress, estoppel, failure of consideration, fraud, illegality, injury by fellow servant, laches, license, payment, release, res judicata, statute of frauds, statute of limitations, waiver, and any other matter constituting an avoidance or affirmative defense. When a party has mistakenly designated a defense as a counterclaim or a counterclaim as a defense, the court on terms, if justice so requires, shall treat the pleading as if there had been a proper designation.

        (d)     Demurrers, pleas, etc., abolished.  Demurrers, pleas, exceptions for insufficiency of a pleading and motions for bills of particulars shall not be used.

        (e)     Effect of failure to deny.  Averments in a pleading to which a responsive pleading is required, other than those as to the amount of damage, are admitted when not denied in the responsive pleading. Averments in a pleading to which no responsive pleading is required or permitted shall be taken as denied or avoided.

        (f)     Pleading to be concise and direct; consistency.

        (1)     Each averment of a pleading shall be simple, concise, and direct. No technical forms of pleading or motions are required.

        (2)     A party may set forth 2 or more statements of a claim or defense alternatively or hypothetically, either in one count or defense or in separate counts or defenses. When 2 or more statements are made in the alternative and one of them if made independently would be sufficient, the pleading is not made insufficient by the insufficiency of one or more of the alternative statements. A party may also state as many separate claims or defenses as the party has regardless of consistency and whether based on legal or on equitable grounds or on both. All statements shall be made subject to the obligations set forth in Rule 11 of these Rules.


        (3)     Paragraphs; separate statements. All averments of claim or defense shall be made in numbered paragraphs, the contents of each of which shall be limited as far as practicable to a statement of a single set of circumstances; and a paragraph may be referred to by number in all succeeding pleadings. Each claim founded upon a separate transaction or occurrence and each defense other than denials shall be stated in a separate count or defense whenever a separation facilitates the clear presentation of the matters set forth.

        (4)     Adoption by reference; exhibits. Statements in a pleading may be adopted by reference in a different part of the same pleading or in another pleading or in any motion. A copy of any written instrument which is an exhibit to a pleading is a part thereof for all purposes.

        (g)     Construction of pleadings.  All pleadings shall be so construed as to do substantial justice.

        (h)     Appearance and waiver.  Any defendant named in a complaint or petition may execute a form of appearance and waiver of notice or further notice of hearing on the complaint or petition at any time after receiving a copy of the filed or unfiled complaint or petition. The appearance and waiver shall be filed within a reasonable time before the date of the hearing on said complaint or return date of the summons to the complaint or petition. Upon the filing of an appearance and waiver, all averments in the complaint or petition shall be deemed admitted and the hearing on the complaint or petition shall proceed without further notice to the defendant, unless further notice shall be ordered by the court. A notice of disclaimer of an appearance and waiver and an answer may be filed at any time prior to the hearing on the complaint or petition.

 

Rule 9.     PLEADING SPECIAL MATTERS.

        (a)     Capacity.  It is not necessary to aver the capacity of a party to sue or be sued or the authority of a party to sue or be sued in a representative capacity or the legal existence of an organized association of persons that is made a party. When a party desires to raise an issue as to the legal existence of any party or the capacity of any party to sue or be sued or the authority of a party to sue or be sued in a representative capacity, the party desiring to raise the issue shall do so by specific negative averment, which shall include such supporting particulars as are peculiarly within the pleader’s knowledge.

        (b)     Fraud, mistake, condition of the mind.  In all averments of fraud or mistake, the circumstances constituting fraud or mistake shall be stated with particularity. Malice, intent, knowledge, and other condition of mind of a person may be averred generally.

        (c)     Conditions precedent.  In pleading the performance or occurrence of conditions precedent, it is sufficient to aver generally that all conditions precedent have been performed or have occurred. A denial of performance or occurrence shall be made specifically and with particularity.

        (d)     Official document or act.  In pleading an official document or official act it is sufficient to aver that the document was issued or the act done in compliance with law.

        (e)     Judgment.  In pleading a judgment or decision of a domestic or foreign court, judicial or quasi-judicial tribunal, or of a board or officer, it is sufficient to aver the judgment or decision without setting forth matters showing jurisdiction to render it.

        (f)     Time and place.  For the purpose of testing the sufficiency of a pleading, averments of time and place are material and shall be considered like all other averments of material matters.

        (g)     Reserved.

 

Rule 10.   MOTIONS.

        (a)     Form of motions.  All motions, except when made during a hearing or trial, shall be in writing, shall state the grounds therefor, shall set forth the relief or order sought, and if involving a question of law shall be accompanied by a memorandum in support of the motion. Every motion, except one entitled to be heard ex parte, shall be accompanied by a notice of hearing or setting for hearing thereof. If a motion requires the consideration of facts not appearing of record, it shall be supported by affidavit or declaration. All written motions shall comply with the requirements of Rule 7.1 of these Rules.


        (b)     Declaration in lieu of affidavit.  In lieu of an affidavit, an unsworn declaration may be made by a person, in writing, subscribed as true under penalty of law, and dated, in substantially the following form:

 

        I, (name of person), do declare under penalty of law that the foregoing is true and correct.

                 Dated: ____________________

                         Signature _____________

 

        (c)     Motions requesting financial relief.  Any motion seeking an order for or modification of financial or monetary relief of any kind, except for an award of attorney’s fees in enforcement proceedings, shall have attached, typewritten, unless otherwise permitted by the court for good cause shown, income and expense and asset and debt statements on the form provided by the court or equivalent forms, executed by the movant and duly notarized or executed under penalty of perjury. Unless otherwise ordered, any person responding to such motion shall prepare and submit to the court and the movant, no later than 48 hours prior to the hearing of such motion, unless the date of the hearing is less than 5 working days after service of said motion on the respondent, income and expense and asset and debt statements on the form provided by the court or equivalent forms, executed by such respondent and duly notarized or executed under penalty of perjury. Where the time between service and the hearing date is less than 5 working days, such statements shall be submitted not later than immediately prior to the hearing.

        (d)     Response to motions; effect of failure to appear.  In addition to the requirements of Rule 7.1 of these Rules and subsection (c) of this Rule, any party responding to a motion shall file and serve the party’s written response pursuant to these Rules, unless ordered otherwise by the court. A party who does not oppose or who intends to support a motion, or who desires a continuance, shall give written notification to the court and opposing counsel pursuant to these rules, unless ordered otherwise by the court. Failure to appear at the hearing may be deemed a waiver of objections to the granting of the motion.

        (e)     Appearance and waiver.  Any respondent to any motion may execute a form of appearance and waiver of notice or further notice of hearing on the motion at any time after receiving a copy of the filed motion. The appearance and waiver of notice shall be filed within a reasonable time before the date of hearing on said motion. Upon the filing of an appearance and waiver, all averments in the motion shall be deemed admitted and the hearing on the motion shall proceed without further notice to the respondent, unless further notice shall be ordered by the court. A notice of disclaimer of an appearance and waiver of notice and an answer may be filed at any time prior to the hearing on the motion.

        (Amended March 30, 2022, effective April 25, 2022.)

 

Rule 11.   SIGNING OF PLEADINGS,

                 MOTIONS AND OTHER

                 DOCUMENTS; SANCTIONS.

        Every pleading, motion, and other document of a party represented by an attorney shall be signed by at least one attorney of record in the attorney’s individual name, whose address, telephone number, facsimile number (if any), and electronic mail address shall be stated. Any document prepared by an attorney for a self-represented party shall comply with Rule 11.1(c) of these Rules. A party who is not represented by an attorney shall sign the party’s pleading, motion, or other document and state the party’s address, telephone number, facsimile number (if any), and electronic mail address (if any).  Documents electronically filed by JEFS Users shall be signed as provided in Rule 5 of the Hawaiʻi Electronic Filing and Service Rules using “/s/” followed by the typed name of the JEFS User.  However, proposed judgments, decrees, and orders which are filed electronically shall only be signed in this manner by the JEFS User who is actually electronically filing the proposed judgment, decree, or order.  All other signatures on the proposed judgment, decree, or order shall be an original handwritten signature.  Documents which are conventionally filed by non-JEFS Users shall contain handwritten signatures.  The name of the person signing the document shall be typed or hand-printed in block letters directly below the signature. Except when otherwise specifically provided by rule or statute, pleadings need not be verified or accompanied by affidavit or declaration. The rule in equity that the averments of an answer under oath must be overcome by the testimony of 2 witnesses or of one witness sustained by corroborating circumstances is abolished. The signature of an attorney or party constitutes a certificate by the signer that the signer has read the pleading, motion, or other document; that to the best of the signer’s knowledge, information, and belief formed after reasonable inquiry it is well grounded in fact and is warranted by existing law or a good faith argument for the extension, modification, or reversal of existing law, and that it is not interposed for any improper purpose, such as to harass or to cause unnecessary delay or needless increase in the cost of litigation. If a pleading, motion, or other document is not signed, it shall be stricken unless it is signed promptly after the omission is called to the attention of the pleader or movant. If a pleading, motion, or other document is signed in violation of this Rule, the court, upon motion or upon its own initiative, shall impose upon the person who signed it, a represented party, or both, an appropriate sanction, which may include an order to pay to the other party or parties the amount of the reasonable expenses incurred because of the filing of the pleading, motion, or other document, including a reasonable attorney’s fee.

        (Amended September 17, 2019, effective September 17, 2019; further amended March 30, 2022, effective April 25, 2022.)

 

Rule 11.1 LIMITED APPEARANCE AND

                 WITHDRAWAL.

        (a)     Limited Appearance of Attorneys.

        (1)     An attorney providing limited representation to an unrepresented party as authorized by Rule 1.2 of the Hawaiʻi Rules of Professional Conduct may file with the court a “Notice of Limited Appearance,” appended to these Rules, if the representation will include appearances in court. The attorney shall use the form appended to the Rules or a substantially similar document.

        (2)     An attorney may submit in camera an “Agreement and Consent to Limited Representation” by using the form appended to these Rules or a substantially similar document.

        (3)     An attorney who has filed a “Notice of Limited Appearance” and who later files a pleading or motion outside the scope of the limited representation shall be deemed to have amended the notice to extend to the filing of that pleading or motion.


        (b)     Termination of Limited

 Representation.

        (1)     An attorney who has made a limited representation appearance, has filed a “Notice of Limited Appearance” and has completed the agreed-upon services stated in an “Agreement and Consent to Limited Representation,” may file a “Notice of Withdrawal of Limited Appearance” by using the form appended to these Rules or a substantially similar document.

        (2)     Any attorney who has filed a “Notice of Limited Appearance” and who seeks to withdraw prior to the completion of the agreed-upon services stated in the “Agreement and Consent to Limited Representation” shall file a motion for withdrawal of counsel pursuant to Rule 87 of these Rules.

        (3)     An attorney who provides limited representation that includes a court appearance but who has elected not to file a “Notice of Limited Appearance” shall file a motion for withdrawal of counsel pursuant to Rule 87 of these Rules.

        (4)     A client who objects to the withdrawal of the client’s attorney under this Rule 11.1(b) may file an “Objection to Withdrawal of Limited Appearance” using the form appended to these Rules or a substantially similar document, and a hearing will be scheduled. The objection shall be filed within 14 days of the date the attorney files the notice of withdrawal.

        (5)     In any hearing on a motion for withdrawal of counsel or an objection to withdrawal of limited appearance, the court shall consider the terms of any agreement for limited scope representation.

        (c)     Pleading Prepared for Unrepresented Party.

        (1)     When an attorney, regardless of whether a formal “Agreement and Consent to Limited Representation” has been entered into, provides limited representation to a self-represented party by drafting a pleading, written motion, or other document intended to be filed with the court, but the attorney has not agreed to appear in court or otherwise provide representation regarding that document, the attorney is not required to disclose the attorney’s name on that document. However, the first page of the document must conspicuously contain the following statement, “This document was prepared with the assistance of an attorney.” The self-represented party must comply with this required disclosure.


        If, however, a pleading, motion, or other document is prepared by an attorney providing limited representation under the auspices of a program sponsored by a nonprofit organization, court, or government, the pleading, motion or other document need not contain this statement.

        (2)     An attorney who provides limited representation as described in paragraph (c)(1), above, shall be deemed to have made the certifications set forth in Rule 11 of these Rules.

        (Added September 17, 2019, effective September 17, 2019; amended August 4, 2020, effective January 1, 2021; further amended March 30, 2022, effective April 25, 2022.)

 

Rule 12.   DEFENSES AND OBJECTIONS –

                 WHEN AND HOW PRESENTED –

                 BY PLEADING OR MOTION –

                 MOTION FOR JUDGMENT ON

                 THE PLEADINGS.

        (a)     When presented.  A defendant shall serve an answer within 20 days after the service of the summons and complaint upon that defendant, except when service is made under Rule 4(e) of these Rules and a different time is prescribed in an order of court under a statute or rule of court. A party served with a pleading stating a cross-claim against that party shall serve an answer thereto within 20 days after the service upon that party. The plaintiff shall serve a reply to a counterclaim in the answer within 20 days after service of the answer or, if a reply is ordered by the court, within 20 days after service of the order, unless the order otherwise directs. The service of a motion permitted under this rule alters these periods of time as follows, unless a different time is fixed by order of the court:

        (1)     if the court denies the motion or postpones its disposition until the trial on the merits, the responsive pleading shall be served within 10 days after notice of the court’s action; or

        (2)     if the court grants a motion for a more definite statement the responsive pleading shall be served within 10 days after the service of the more definite statement.

        (b)     How presented.  Every defense, in law or fact, to a claim for relief in any pleading, whether a claim, counterclaim, cross-claim, or third-party claim, shall be asserted in the responsive pleading thereto if one is required, except that the following defenses may at the option of the pleader be made by motion:

        (1)     lack of jurisdiction over the subject matter,

        (2)     lack of jurisdiction over the person,

        (3)     improper venue,

        (4)     insufficiency of process,

        (5)     insufficiency of service of process,

        (6)     failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted, and

        (7)     failure to join a party under Rule 19 of these Rules.

        A motion making any of these defenses shall be made before pleading if a further pleading is permitted. No defense or objection is waived by being joined with one or more other defenses or objections in a responsive pleading or motion. If a pleading sets forth a claim for relief to which the adverse party is not required to serve a responsive pleading, the adverse party may assert at the trial any defense in law or fact to that claim for relief. If, on a motion asserting the defense numbered (6) to dismiss for failure of the pleading to state a claim upon which relief can be granted, matters outside the pleading are presented to and not excluded by the court, the motion shall be treated as one for summary judgment and disposed of as provided in Rule 56 of these Rules, and all parties shall be given reasonable opportunity to present all material made pertinent to such a motion by Rule 56.

        (c)     Motion for judgment on the pleadings.  After the pleadings are closed but within such time as not to delay the trial, any party may move for judgment on the pleadings. If, on a motion for judgment on the pleadings, matters outside the pleadings are presented to and not excluded by the court, the motion shall be treated as one for summary judgment and disposed of as provided in Rule 56 of these Rules, and all parties shall be given reasonable opportunity to present all material made pertinent to such a motion by Rule 56 of these Rules.

        (d)     Preliminary hearings.  The defenses specifically enumerated (1) - (7) in subdivision (b) of this Rule, whether made in a pleading or by motion, and the motion for judgment allowed by subdivision (c) of this Rule shall be heard and determined before trial on application of any party unless the court orders that the hearing and determination thereof be deferred until the trial.


        (e)     Motion for more definite statement.  If a pleading to which a responsive pleading is permitted is so vague or ambiguous that a party cannot reasonably be required to frame a responsive pleading, the party may move for a more definite statement before interposing a responsive pleading. The motion shall point out the defects complained of and the details desired. If the motion is granted and the order of the court is not obeyed within 10 days after notice of the order or within such other time as the court may fix, the court may strike the pleading to which the motion was directed or make such order as it deems just.

        (f)     Motion to strike.  Upon motion made by a party before responding to a pleading or, if no responsive pleading is permitted by these Rules, upon motion made by a party within 20 days after the service of the pleading upon the party or upon the court’s own initiative at any time, the court may order stricken from any pleading any insufficient defense or any redundant, immaterial, impertinent, or scandalous matter.

        (g)     Consolidation of defenses in motion.  A party who makes a motion under this rule may join with it any other motions herein provided for and then available to the party. If a party makes a motion under this rule but omits therefrom any defense or objection then available to the party which this rule permits to be raised by motion, the party shall not thereafter make a motion based on the defense or objection so omitted, except a motion as provided in subdivision (h)(2) of this Rule on any of the grounds there stated.

        (h)     Waiver or preservation of certain defenses.

        (1)     A defense of lack of jurisdiction over the person, improper venue, insufficiency of process, or insufficiency of service of process is waived

        (A)    if omitted from a motion in the circumstances described in subdivision (g), or

        (B)    if it is neither made by motion under this rule nor included in a responsive pleading or an amendment thereof permitted by Rule 15(a) of these Rules to be made as a matter of course.

        (2)     A defense of failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted, a defense of failure to join a party indispensable under Rule 19 of these Rules, and an objection of failure to state a legal defense to a claim may be made in any pleading permitted or ordered under Rule 7(a) of these Rules, or by motion for judgment on the pleadings, or at the trial on the merits.

        (3)     Whenever it appears by motion of the parties or otherwise that the court lacks jurisdiction of the subject matter, the court shall dismiss the action.

 

Rule 13.   COUNTERCLAIM AND

                 CROSS-CLAIM.

        (a)     Compulsory counterclaims.  A pleading shall state as a counterclaim any claim which at the time of serving the pleading the pleader has against any opposing party, if it arises out of the transaction or occurrence that is the subject matter of the opposing party’s claim and does not require for its adjudication the presence of third parties of whom the court cannot acquire jurisdiction. But the pleader need not state the claim if

        (1)     at the time the action was commenced the claim was the subject of another pending action; or

        (2)     the opposing party brought suit upon the claim by attachment or other process by which the court did not acquire jurisdiction to render a personal judgment on that claim, and the pleader is not stating any counterclaim under this Rule 13.

        (b)     Permissive counterclaims.  A pleading may state as a counterclaim any claim against an opposing party not arising out of the transaction or occurrence that is the subject matter of the opposing party’s claim.

        (c)     Counterclaim exceeding opposing claim.  A counterclaim may or may not diminish or defeat the recovery sought by the opposing party. It may claim relief exceeding in amount or different in kind from that sought in the pleading of the opposing party.

        (d)     Counterclaim against the State.  These Rules shall not be construed to enlarge beyond the limits now fixed by law the right to assert counterclaims or to claim credits against the State or a county, or an officer or agency of the State or a county.


        (e)     Counterclaim maturing or acquired after pleading.  A claim which either matured or was acquired by the pleader after serving a pleading may, with the permission of the court, be presented as a counterclaim by supplemental pleading.

        (f)     Omitted counterclaim.  When a pleader fails to set up a counterclaim through oversight, inadvertence, or excusable neglect, or when justice requires, the pleader may by leave of court set up the counterclaim by amendment.

        (g)     Cross-claim against co-party.  A pleading may state as a cross-claim any claim by one party against a co-party arising out of the transaction or occurrence that is the subject matter either of the original action or of a counterclaim therein or relating to any property that is the subject matter of the original action. Such cross-claim may include a claim that the party against whom it is asserted is or may be liable to the cross-claimant for all or part of a claim asserted in the action against the cross-claimant.

        (h)     Joinder of additional parties.  Persons other than those made parties to the original action may be made parties to a counterclaim or cross-claim in accordance with the provisions of Rules 19 and 20 of these Rules.

        (i)      Separate trials; separate judgment.  If the court orders separate trials as provided in Rule 42(b) of these Rules, judgment on a counterclaim or cross-claim may be rendered when the court has jurisdiction so to do, even if the claims of the opposing party have been dismissed or otherwise disposed of.

 

Rule 14.   THIRD-PARTY PRACTICE.

        (a)     When parties may bring in third-party.  A party to the action may cause a third-party to be brought in only in the event that property rights of such third-party may be affected or such third-party has or may have an interest in the custody or visitation of a minor child of a party to the action. The party seeking to bring in a third-party defendant shall file a motion for leave to file a third-party complaint together with an affidavit or declaration and notice in accordance with Rule 10 of these Rules. The person served with the summons and third-party complaint, hereinafter called the third-party defendant, shall make any defenses to the third-party complaint as provided in Rule 12 of these Rules. The third-party defendant may also assert any claim against the plaintiff or defendant arising out of the transaction or occurrence that is the subject matter of the complaint.

        (b)     Reserved.

 

Rule 15.   AMENDED AND

                 SUPPLEMENTAL PLEADINGS.

        (a)     Amendments.  A party may amend the party’s pleading once as a matter of course at any time before a responsive pleading is served or, if the pleading is one to which no responsive pleading is permitted and the action has not been placed upon the trial calendar, the party may so amend it at any time within 20 days after it is served. Otherwise a party may amend the party’s pleading only by leave of court or by written consent of the adverse party; and leave shall be freely given when justice so requires. Amendments to pleadings and documents shall state clearly what is being changed and, thereinafter, what the change is. A party shall plead in response to an amended pleading within the time remaining for response to the original pleading or within 10 days after service of the amended pleading, whichever period may be the longer, unless the court otherwise orders.

        (b)     Amendments to conform to the evidence.  When issues not raised by the pleadings are tried by express or implied consent of the parties, they shall be treated in all respects as if they had been raised in the pleadings. Such amendment of the pleadings as may be necessary to cause them to conform to the evidence and to raise these issues may be made upon motion of any party at any time, even after judgment; but failure so to amend does not affect the result of the trial of these issues. If evidence is objected to at the trial on the ground that it is not within the issues made by the pleadings, the court may allow the pleadings to be amended and shall do so freely when the presentation of the merits of the action will be served thereby and the objecting party fails to satisfy the court that the admission of such evidence would prejudice the party in maintaining the party’s action or defense upon the merits. The court may grant a continuance to enable the objecting party to meet such evidence.


        (c)     Relation back of amendments.  Whenever the claim or defense asserted in the amended pleading arose out of the conduct, transaction, or occurrence set forth or attempted to be set forth in the original pleading, the amendment relates back to the date of the original pleading. An amendment changing the party against whom a claim is asserted relates back if the foregoing provision is satisfied and, within the period provided by law for commencing the action against the party, the party to be brought in by amendment

        (1)     has received such notice of the institution of the action that the party will not be prejudiced in maintaining a defense on the merits, and

        (2)     knew or should have known that, but for a mistake concerning the identity of the proper party, the action would have been brought against the party.

        (d)     Supplemental pleadings. Upon motion of a party the court may, upon reasonable notice and upon such terms as are just, permit the party to serve a supplemental pleading setting forth transactions or occurrences or events which have happened since the date of the pleading sought to be supplemented. Permission may be granted even though the original pleading is defective in its statement of a claim for relief or defense. If the court deems it advisable that the adverse party respond to the supplemental pleading, it shall so order, specifying the time therefor.

 

Rule 16.   CONFERENCES WITH THE

                 COURT; FORMULATING ISSUES.

        In any action, the court may in its discretion direct the attorneys for the parties to appear before it for a conference to consider:

        (1)     The settlement of the case;

        (2)     The simplification of the issues;

        (3)     The necessity or desirability of amendments to the pleadings;

        (4)     The possibility of obtaining admissions of fact and of documents which will avoid unnecessary proof;

        (5)     The limitation of the number of expert witnesses;

        (6)     The advisability of a preliminary reference of issues to a master for findings to be used as evidence;

        (7)     Such other matters as may aid in the disposition of the action.

        The court shall make an order which recites the action taken at the conference, the amendments allowed to the pleadings, and the agreements made by the parties as to any of the matters considered, and which limits the issues for trial to those not disposed of by admissions or agreements of counsel; and such order when entered controls the subsequent course of the action, unless modified at the trial to prevent manifest injustice. The court in its discretion may establish a pre-trial calendar on which actions may be placed for consideration as above provided.

 

 

IV. PARTIES

 

Rule 17.   PARTIES; CAPACITY.

        (a)     Real party in interest.  Every action shall be prosecuted in the name of the real party in interest. No action shall be dismissed on the ground that it is not prosecuted in the name of the real party in interest until a reasonable time has been allowed after objection for ratification of commencement of the action by, or joinder or substitution of, the real party in interest; and such ratification, joinder, or substitution shall have the same effect as if the action had been commenced in the name of the real party in interest.

        (b)     Reserved.

        (c)     Minors or incompetent persons.  The court may appoint a guardian ad litem for a minor or incompetent person not otherwise represented in an action or shall make such other order as it deems proper for the protection of the minor or incompetent person.

        (d)     Unidentified defendant.

        (1)     When it shall be necessary or proper to make a person a party defendant and the party desiring the inclusion of the person as a party defendant has been unable to ascertain the entire name of the defendant or a part of the defendant’s name to ascertain the defendant’s identity, the party desiring the inclusion of the person as a party defendant shall in accordance with the criteria of Rule 11 of these Rules set forth in a pleading the person’s interest in the action, so much of the defendant’s name as is known (and if unknown, a fictitious name shall be used), and shall set forth with specificity all actions already undertaken in a diligent and good-faith effort to ascertain the person’s full name and identity.


        (2)     Subject to HRS section 657-22, the person intended shall thereupon be considered a party defendant to the action, as having notice of the institution of the action against that person, and as sufficiently described for all purposes, including services of process, and the action shall proceed against that person.

        (3)     Any party may, by motion for certification, make the name or identity of the party defendant known to the court within a reasonable time after the moving party knew or should have known the name or identity of the party defendant. The motion shall be supported by affidavit or declaration setting forth all facts substantiating the movant's claim that the naming or identification has been made with due diligence. When the naming or identification is made by a plaintiff, it shall be made prior to the filing of the position statement by that plaintiff, or within such additional time as the court may allow. The court shall freely grant reasonable extensions of the time in which to name or identify the party defendant to any party exercising due diligence in attempting to ascertain the party defendant’s name or identity.

        (4)     When a party defendant has been named or identified in accordance with this rule, the court shall so certify and may make any order that justice requires to protect any party from undue burden and expense in any further proceedings involving the party defendant.

        (5)     A party defendant who has been named or identified in accordance with this rule may have dismissal of one or more claims against the party defendant if the party defendant shows in a timely manner that the delay in naming or identifying the party defendant has caused the party defendant substantial prejudice and if the interests of justice so require.

 

Rule 18.   RESERVED.

 

Rule 19.   JOINDER OF PERSONS NEEDED

                 FOR JUST ADJUDICATION.

        (a)     Persons to be joined if feasible.  A person who is subject to service of process shall be joined as a party in the action if

        (1)     in the person’s absence complete relief cannot be accorded among those already parties, or

        (2)     the person claims an interest relating to the subject of the action and is so situated that the disposition of the action in the person’s absence may

        (A)    as a practical matter impair or impede the person’s ability to protect that interest. or

        (B)    leave any of the persons already parties subject to a substantial risk of incurring double, multiple, or otherwise inconsistent obligations by reason of the claimed interest.

        If the person has not been so joined, the court shall order that the person be made a party. If the person should join as a plaintiff but refuses to do so, the person may be made a defendant, or, in a proper case, an involuntary plaintiff.

        (b)     Determination by court whenever joinder not feasible.  If a person as described in subdivision (a)(1)-(2) hereof cannot be made a party, the court shall determine whether in equity and good conscience the action should proceed among the parties before it, or should be dismissed, the absent person being thus regarded as indispensable. The factors to be considered by the court include: first, to what extent a judgment rendered in the person’s absence might be prejudicial to the person or those already parties; second, the extent to which, by protective provisions in the judgment, by the shaping of relief, or other measures, the prejudice can be lessened or avoided; third, whether a judgment rendered in the person’s absence will be adequate; fourth, whether the plaintiff will have an adequate remedy if the action is dismissed for nonjoinder.

        (c)     Pleading reasons for nonjoinder.  A pleading asserting a claim for relief shall state the names, if known to the pleader, of any persons described in subdivision (a)(1)-(2) of this Rule who are not joined, and the reasons why they are not joined.

        (d)     Reserved.

 

Rule 19A. REPEALED.

 


Rule 20.   PERMISSIVE JOINDER OF

                 PARTIES.

        (a)     Permissive joinder.  All persons may join or be joined in one action as parties concerning any right to relief jointly, severally, or in the alternative, in respect of or arising out of property ownership or an issue as to parentage, custody, visitation, support, placement, or treatment of a child.

        (b)     Separate trials.  The court may make such orders as will prevent a party from being embarrassed, delayed, or put to expense by the inclusion of a party against whom the party asserts no claim and who asserts no claims against the party, and may order separate trials or make other orders to prevent delay or prejudice.

        (Amended March 30, 2022, effective April 25, 2022.)

 

Rule 21.   MISJOINDER AND

                 NON-JOINDER OF PARTIES.

        Misjoinder of parties is not ground for dismissal of an action. Parties may be dropped or added by order of the court on motion of any party or of its own initiative at any stage of the action and on such terms as are just. Any claim against a party may be severed and proceeded with separately by order of the court.

 

Rule 22.   RESERVED.

 

Rule 23.   RESERVED.

 

Rule 24.   INTERVENTION.

        (a)     Intervention of right.  Upon timely application anyone shall be permitted to intervene in an action:

        (1)     when a statute confers an unconditional right to intervene; or

        (2)     when the applicant claims an interest relating to the property, transaction, or custody, visitation, or parental rights of a minor child which is the subject of the action and the applicant is so situated that the disposition of the action may as a practical matter impair or impede the applicant’s ability to protect that interest, unless the applicant’s interest is adequately represented by existing parties.

        (b)     Permissive intervention.  Upon timely application anyone may be permitted to intervene in an action:

        (1)     when a statute confers a conditional right to intervene; or

        (2)     when an applicant’s claim or defense and the main action have a question of law or fact in common.

        When a party to an action relies for ground of claim or defense upon any statute, ordinance or executive order administered by an officer, agency or governmental organization of the State or a county, or upon any regulation, order, requirement or agreement issued or made pursuant to the statute, ordinance or executive order, the officer, agency or governmental organization upon timely application may be permitted to intervene in the action. In exercising its discretion the court shall consider whether the intervention will unduly delay or prejudice the adjudication of the rights of the original parties.

        (c)     Procedure.  A person desiring to intervene shall serve a motion to intervene upon all parties affected thereby. The motion shall state the ground therefor and shall be accompanied by a pleading setting forth the claim for which intervention is sought. The same procedure shall be followed when a statute gives a right to intervene.

        (d)     Notice of Claim of Unconstitutionality.  A party who draws into question the constitutionality of a Hawaiʻi statute in any proceeding to which the State of Hawaiʻi, or any agency thereof, or any officer or employee thereof in an official capacity is not a party, shall provide immediate written notice of the constitutional issue to the Attorney General of the State of Hawaiʻi.

        (Amended March 30, 2022, effective April 25, 2022.)

 


Rule 25.   SUBSTITUTION OF PARTIES.

        (a)     Death.

        (1)     If a party dies and the case is not thereby extinguished, the court may on motion order substitution of the proper parties where appropriate. The motion for substitution may be made by the successors or representatives of the deceased party or by any party and, together with the notice of hearing, shall be served on the parties as provided in Rule 5 of these Rules and upon persons not parties in the manner provided in Rule 4 of these Rules for the service of process. Unless the motion for substitution is made not later than 120 days after the death is suggested upon the record by service of a statement of the fact of the death as provided herein for the service of the motion, the action shall be dismissed as to the deceased party.

        (2)     If a party to any action or motion relating to any action dies, and if it appears that the action is thereby extinguished, the surviving party shall suggest the death of the party and also move that the action is thereby extinguished and should be dismissed, and shall serve such suggestion and motion on all parties, including the personal representative of and the attorney of record for the deceased party, if any, and on any children of the deceased party, known to the suggesting party, in the manner provided for service in these rules. Unless objections are filed within 30 days after the last date of service of said suggestion and motion, an order dismissing the action without prejudice, to be prepared by the attorney for the surviving party, shall be entered. Where objections to the dismissal of such action are filed within said 30-day period or any extension granted by the court, the court shall hear said objections after notice to all persons who have appeared in the action and the attorney of record for the deceased party, determine whether or not the case should be dismissed, and enter an appropriate order.

        (3)     If a petitioner in a pending adoption action dies, the court may enter an adoption decree upon motion of the surviving petitioner or the spouse of such deceased petitioner and if the court deems the adoption to be in the best interests of the child concerned.

        (b)     Incompetency.  If a party becomes incompetent, the court upon motion served on the parties as provided in Rule 5 of these Rules and upon persons not parties in the manner provided in Rule 4 of these Rules for the service of process may allow the action to be continued by or against the representative of that party.

        (c) and (d).  Reserved.

 

 

V.  DEPOSITIONS AND DISCOVERY

 

Rule 26.   GENERAL PROVISIONS

                 GOVERNING DISCOVERY.

        (a)     Discovery methods.  Parties may obtain discovery by one or more of the following methods: depositions upon oral examination or written questions; written interrogatories; production of documents or things; permission to enter upon land or other property, for inspection and other purposes; physical and mental examinations; and requests for admission.

        (b)     Discovery scope and limits.  Unless otherwise limited by order of the court in accordance with these Rules, the scope of discovery is as follows:

        (1)     In General.  Parties may obtain discovery regarding any matter, not privileged, or otherwise protected by law, which is relevant to the subject matter involved in the pending action, whether it relates to the claim or defense of the party seeking discovery or to the claim or defense of any other party, including the existence, description, nature, custody, condition and location of any books, documents, or other tangible things and the identity and location of persons having knowledge of any discoverable matter. It is not ground for objection that the information sought will be inadmissible at the trial if the discovery appears reasonably calculated to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence. All discovery is subject to the limitations imposed by Rule 26(b)(2)(i), (ii), and (iii) and Rule 45.1 of these Rules.

        (2)     Limitations.  By order, the court may alter the limits in these Rules on the number of depositions or the length of depositions under Rule 30 of these Rules and the number of interrogatories under Rule 33 of these Rules. By order, the court may also limit the number of requests under Rule 36 of these Rules. The frequency or extent of use of the discovery methods otherwise permitted under these Rules shall be limited by the court if it determines that:

 


        (i)      the discovery sought is unreasonably cumulative or duplicative, or is obtainable from some other source that is more convenient, less burdensome, or less expensive;

        (ii)     the party seeking discovery has had ample opportunity by discovery in the action to obtain the information sought; or

        (iii)    the burden or expense of the proposed discovery outweighs its likely benefit, taking into account the needs of the case, the amount in controversy, limitations on the parties’ resources, the importance of the issues at stake in the litigation, and the importance of the proposed discovery in resolving the issues.

        The court may act upon its own initiative after reasonable notice or pursuant to a motion under Rule 26(c) of these Rules.

        (3)     Reserved.

        (4)     Trial Preparation: Materials.  A party may obtain discovery of documents and tangible things otherwise discoverable under subdivision (b)(1) of this Rule and prepared in anticipation of litigation or for trial by or for another party or by or for that other party’s representative (including the other party’s attorney, consultant, surety, indemnitor, insurer, or agent) only upon a showing that the party seeking discovery has substantial need of the materials in the preparation of the party’s case and that the party is unable without undue hardship to obtain the substantial equivalent of the materials by other means. In ordering discovery of such materials when the required showing has been made, the court shall protect against disclosure of the mental impressions, conclusions, opinions, or legal theories of an attorney or other representative of a party concerning the litigation.

        A party may obtain without the required showing a statement concerning the action or its subject matter previously made by that party. Upon request, a person not a party may obtain without the required showing a statement concerning the action or its subject matter previously made by that person. If the request is refused, the person may move for a court order. The provisions of Rule 37(a)(4) of these Rules apply to the award of expenses incurred in relation to the motion. For purposes of this paragraph, a statement previously made is

        (A)    a written statement signed or otherwise adopted or approved by the person making it, or

        (B)    a stenographic, mechanical, electrical, or other recording, or a transcription thereof, which is a substantially verbatim recital of an oral statement by the person making it and contemporaneously recorded.

        (5)     Trial Preparation: Experts.

        (A)    A party may depose any person who has been identified as an expert whose opinions may be presented at trial.

        (B)    A party may, through interrogatories and/or by deposition, discover facts known or opinions held by an expert who has been retained or specially employed by another party in anticipation of litigation or preparation for trial and who is not expected to be called as a witness at trial, only as provided in Rule 35(b) of these Rules or upon a showing of exceptional circumstances under which it is impracticable for the party seeking discovery to obtain facts or opinions on the same subject by other means.

        (C)    Unless manifest injustice would result,

        (i)      the court shall require that the party seeking discovery pay the expert a reasonable fee for time spent in responding to discovery under this subdivision; and

        (ii)     with respect to discovery obtained under subdivision (b)(5)(B) of this Rule, the court shall require the party seeking discovery to pay the other party a fair portion of the fees and expenses reasonably incurred by the latter party in obtaining facts and opinions from the expert.

        (6)     Claims of Privilege or Protection of Trial Preparation Materials.  When a party withholds information otherwise discoverable under these Rules by claiming that it is privileged or subject to protection as trial preparation material, the party shall make the claim expressly and shall describe the nature of the documents, communications, or things not produced or disclosed in a manner that, without revealing information itself privileged or protected, will enable other parties to assess the applicability of the privilege or protection.


        (c)     Protective orders.  Upon motion by a party or by the person from whom discovery is sought, accompanied by a certification that the movant has in good faith conferred or attempted to confer with other affected parties in an effort to resolve the dispute without court action, and for good cause shown, the court in which the action is pending or alternatively, on matters relating to a deposition, the court in the circuit where the deposition is to be taken may make any order which justice requires to protect a party or person from annoyance, embarrassment, oppression, or undue burden or expense, including one or more of the following:

        (1)     that the disclosure or discovery not be had;

        (2)     that the disclosure or discovery may be had only on specified terms and conditions, including a designation of the time or place;

        (3)     that the discovery may be had only by a method of discovery other than that selected by the party seeking discovery;

        (4)     that certain matters not be inquired into, or that the scope of the disclosure or discovery be limited to certain matters;

        (5)     that discovery be conducted with no one present except persons designated by the court;

        (6)     that a deposition after being sealed be opened only by order of the court;

        (7)     that a trade secret or other confidential research, development, or commercial information not be revealed or be revealed only in a designated way; and

        (8)     that the parties simultaneously file specified documents or information enclosed in sealed envelopes to be opened as directed by the court or file documents for in camera review pursuant to Rule 8.2 of the Hawaiʻi Electronic Filing and Service Rules.

        If the motion for a protective order is denied in whole or in part, the court may, on such terms and conditions as are just, order that any party or person provide or permit discovery. The provisions of Rule 37(a)(4) of these Rules apply to the award of expenses incurred in relation to the motion.

        (d)     Sequence and timing of discovery.  Unless the court upon motion, for the convenience of parties and witnesses and in the interests of justice, orders otherwise, methods of discovery may be used in any sequence and the fact that a party is conducting discovery, whether by deposition or otherwise, shall not operate to delay any other party’s discovery.

        (e)     Supplementation of responses.  A party who has responded to a request for discovery with a response that was complete when made is under no duty to supplement the response to include information thereafter acquired, except as follows:

        (1)     A party is under a duty seasonably to supplement the response with respect to any question directly addressed to

        (A)    the identity and location of persons having knowledge of discoverable matters, and

        (B)    the identity of each person expected to be called as an expert witness at trial, the subject matter on which the person is expected to testify, and the substance of the person’s testimony.

        (2)     A party is under a duty seasonably to amend a prior response to an interrogatory, request for production, or request for admission if the party learns that

        (A)    the response is in some material respect incomplete or incorrect or

        (B)    the response omits information which if disclosed could lead to the discovery of additional admissible evidence.

        (3)     A duty to supplement responses may be imposed by order of the court, agreement of the parties, or at any time prior to trial through new requests for supplementation of prior responses.

        (f)     Discovery conference.  At any time after commencement of an action the court may direct the attorneys for the parties to appear before it for a conference on the subject of discovery. The court shall do so upon motion by the attorney for any party if the motion includes:

        (1)     A statement of the issues as they then appear;

        (2)     A proposed plan and schedule of discovery;

        (3)     Any limitations proposed to be placed on discovery;

        (4)     Any other proposed orders with respect to discovery; and

        (5)     A statement showing that the attorney making the motion has made a reasonable effort to reach agreement with opposing attorneys on the matters set forth in the motion. Notice of the motion shall be served on all parties. Objections or additions to matters set forth in the motion shall be served no later than 10 days after service of the motion.


        Each party and each party’s attorney are under a duty to participate in good faith in the framing of a discovery plan if a plan is proposed by the court or by the attorney for any party.

        Following the discovery conference, the court shall enter an order tentatively identifying the issues for discovery purposes, establishing a plan and schedule for discovery, setting limitations on discovery, if any, and determining such other matters, including the allocation of expenses, as are necessary for the proper management of discovery in the action. An order may be altered or amended whenever justice so requires.

        Subject to the right of a party who properly moves for a discovery conference to prompt convening of the conference, the court may combine the discovery conference with a conference authorized by Rule 16 of these Rules.

        (g)     Signing of discovery requests, responses, and objections.

        (1)     Every discovery request, response, or objection made by a party represented by an attorney shall be signed by an attorney of record in the attorney’s individual name, whose address shall be stated. A self-represented party shall sign the request, response, or objection and state the party’s address. The signature of the attorney or party constitutes a certification that to the best of the signer’s knowledge, information, and belief, formed after a reasonable inquiry, the request, response, or objection is:

        (A)    Consistent with these Rules and warranted by existing law or good faith argument for the extension, modification, or reversal of existing law;

        (B)    Not interposed for any improper purpose, such as to harass or to cause unnecessary delay or needless increase in the cost of litigation; and

        (C)    Not unreasonable or unduly burdensome or expensive, given the needs of the case, the discovery already had in the case, the amount in controversy, and the importance of the issues at stake in the litigation. If a request, response, or objection is not signed, it shall be stricken unless it is signed promptly after the omission is called to the attention of the party making the request, response or objection and a party shall not be obligated to take any action with respect to it until it is signed.

        (2)     If without substantial justification a certification is made in violation of the rule, the court, upon motion or upon its own initiative, shall impose upon the person who made the certification, the party on whose behalf the request, response, or objection is made, or both, an appropriate sanction, which may include an order to pay the amount of the reasonable expenses incurred because of the violation, including a reasonable attorney’s fee.

        (Amended March 30, 2022, effective April 25, 2022.)

 

COMMENT:

         The 2006 amendments to Rules 26 and 28 to 37 of the Hawaiʻi Family Court Rules track most of the 2004 amendments to their counterparts in the Hawaiʻi Rules of Civil Procedure. Rule 27 of the Hawaiʻi Family Court Rules was not amended because its Hawaiʻi Rules of Civil Procedure counterpart is broader than necessary for Family Court and the current Rule 27 of the Family Court Rules already contains gender neutral language.

         In proposing the amendments to Rule 26(b)(1) of the Hawaiʻi Family Court Rules, the limitations of Rule 45.1 of the Hawaiʻi Family Court Rules, regarding child witnesses, were applied to the general language of the corresponding language in Rule 26(b)(1) of the Hawaiʻi Rules of Civil Procedure.

         Rule 26(b)(3) of the Hawaiʻi Rules of Civil Procedure, regarding insurance agreements, was not adopted because it is not applicable to Family Court. Subsection 26(b)(3) is reserved to allow for future amendments and to match the numbering of the Hawaiʻi Rules of Civil Procedure.

 


Rule 27.   DEPOSITIONS BEFORE ACTION

                 OR PENDING APPEAL.

        (a)     Before action.

        (1)     Petition.  A person who desires to perpetuate testimony may file a verified petition in the family court in the circuit of the residence of any expected adverse party. The petition shall be entitled in the name of the petitioner and shall show:

        (A)    that the petitioner expects to be a party to an action cognizable in a family court of this State but is presently unable to bring it or cause it to be brought,

        (B)    the subject matter of the expected action and the petitioner’s interest therein,

        (C)    the facts which the petitioner desires to establish by the proposed testimony and the reasons for desiring to perpetuate it,

        (D)    the names or a description of the persons the petitioner expects will be adverse parties and their addresses so far as known, and

        (E)    the names and addresses of the persons to be examined and the substance of the testimony the petitioner expects to elicit from each. The petition shall ask for an order authorizing the petitioner to take the depositions of the persons to be examined and named in the petition, for the purpose of perpetuating their testimony.

        (2)     Notice and service.  The petitioner shall thereafter serve a notice upon each person named in the petition as an expected adverse party, together with a copy of the petition, stating that the petitioner will apply to the court, at a time and place named therein, for the order described in the petition. Unless otherwise ordered by the court, at least 20 days before the date of hearing the notice shall be served either within or without the State in the manner provided in Rule 4(d) of these Rules for service of summons; but if such service cannot with due diligence be made upon any expected adverse party named in the petition, the court may make such order as is just for service by publication or otherwise, and shall appoint, for persons not served in the manner provided in Rule 4(d) of these Rules, an attorney who shall represent them, and, in case they are not otherwise represented, shall cross-examine the deponent. If any expected adverse party is a minor or incompetent, the provisions of Rule 17(c) of these Rules apply.

        (3)     Order and examination.  If the court is satisfied that the perpetuation of the testimony may prevent a failure or delay of justice, it shall make an order designating or describing the persons whose depositions may be taken and specifying the subject matter of the examination and whether the depositions shall be taken upon oral examination or written interrogatories. The depositions shall then be taken in accordance with these Rules; and the court may make orders of the character provided for by Rules 34 and 35 of these Rules. For the purpose of applying these Rules to depositions for perpetuating testimony, each reference therein to the court in which the action is pending shall be deemed to refer to the court in which the petition for such deposition was filed.

        (4)     Use of deposition.  If a deposition to perpetuate testimony is taken under these Rules or if, although not so taken, it would be admissible in evidence in the courts of the United States or of the state, territory or insular possession of the United States in which it is taken, it may be used in any action involving the same subject matter subsequently brought in accordance with the provisions of Rule 32(a) of these Rules.

        (b)     Pending appeal.  If an appeal has been taken from a judgment of a family court or before the taking of an appeal if the time therefor has not expired, the court in which the judgment was rendered may allow the taking of the depositions of witnesses to perpetuate their testimony for use in the event of further proceedings in the court. In such case the party who desires to perpetuate the testimony may make a motion in the court for leave to take the depositions, upon the same notice and service thereof as if the action was pending in the court. The motion shall show

        (1)     the names and addresses of the persons to be examined and the substance of the testimony the party expects to elicit from each, and

        (2)     the reasons for perpetuating their testimony.

        If the court finds that the perpetuation of the testimony is proper to avoid a failure or delay of justice, it may make an order allowing the depositions to be taken and may make orders of the character provided for by Rules 34 and 35 of these Rules, and thereupon the depositions may be taken and used in the same manner and under the same conditions as are prescribed in these Rules for depositions taken in actions pending in the court.


        (c)     Perpetuation by action.  This rule does not limit the power of a court to entertain an action to perpetuate testimony.

 

Rule 28.   PERSONS BEFORE WHOM

                 DEPOSITIONS MAY BE TAKEN.

        (a)     Within the United States.  Within the United States or within a territory or insular possession subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, depositions shall be taken before an officer authorized to administer oaths by the laws of this State or of the United States or of the place where the examination is held, or before a person appointed by the court in which the action is pending. A person so appointed has power to administer oaths and take testimony. The term “officer” as used in Rules 30, 31, and 32 of these Rules includes a person appointed by the court or designated by the parties under Rule 29 of these Rules.

        (b)     In foreign countries.  Depositions may be taken in a foreign country

        (1)     pursuant to any applicable treaty or convention, or

        (2)     pursuant to a letter of request (whether or not captioned a letter rogatory), or

        (3)     on notice before a person authorized to administer oaths in the place in which the examination is held, either by the law thereof or by the law of the United States, or

        (4)     before a person commissioned by the court, and a person so commissioned shall have the power by virtue of the commission to administer any necessary oath and take testimony.

        A commission or a letter of request shall be issued on application and notice and on terms that are just and appropriate. It is not requisite to the issuance of a commission or a letter of request that the taking of the deposition in any other manner is impracticable or inconvenient; and both a commission and a letter of request may be issued in proper cases. A notice or commission may designate the person before whom the deposition is to be taken either by name or descriptive title. A letter of request may be addressed "To the Appropriate Authority in [here name the country]." When a letter of request or any other device is used pursuant to any applicable treaty or convention, it shall be captioned in the form prescribed by that treaty or convention. Evidence obtained in response to a letter of request need not be excluded merely because it is not verbatim transcript, because the testimony was not taken under oath, or because of any similar departure from the requirements for depositions taken within the United States under these Rules.

        (c)     Disqualification for interest.  No deposition shall be taken before a person who is a relative or employee or attorney or counsel of any of the parties, or is a relative or employee of such attorney or counsel, or is financially interested in the action.

 

Rule 29.   STIPULATIONS REGARDING

                 DISCOVERY PROCEDURE.

        Unless otherwise directed by the court or clerk as provided in Rule 77(c)(2) of these Rules, the parties may by written stipulation

        (1)     provide that depositions may be taken before any person, at any time or place, upon any notice, and in any manner and when so taken may be used like other depositions, and

        (2)     modify other procedures governing or limitations placed upon discovery, except that stipulations extending the time provided in Rules 33, 34 and 36 of these Rules for responses to discovery may be made only with the approval of the court if they would interfere with any time set for completion of discovery, a hearing of a motion, or a trial.

 

Rule 30.   DEPOSITIONS UPON ORAL

                 EXAMINATION.

        (a)     When depositions may be taken; when leave required.

        (1)     After commencement of the action, any party may take the testimony of any person, including a party, by deposition upon oral examination. Leave of court, granted with or without notice, must be obtained only

        (A)    if the plaintiff seeks to take a deposition prior to the expiration of 30 days after service of the summons and complaint upon any defendant or service made under Rule 4(e) of these Rules, except that leave is not required

        (i)      if a defendant has served a notice of taking deposition or otherwise sought discovery, or

        (ii)     if special notice is given as provided in subdivision (a)(2)(c) of this Rule, or

 


        (B)    as provided in paragraph (2). The attendance of nonparty witnesses may be compelled by subpoena as provided in Rule 45 of these Rules.         (2)        A party must obtain leave of court, which shall be granted to the extent consistent with the principles stated in Rule 26(b)(2) of these Rules, if the person to be examined is confined in prison or if, without the written stipulation of the parties:

        (A)    A proposed deposition would result in more than ten depositions being taken under this rule or Rule 31 of these Rules by the plaintiffs, or by the defendants, or by third-party defendants;

        (B)    The person to be examined already has been deposed in the case; or

        (C)    A plaintiff seeks to take a deposition before the expiration of the 30 day period specified in Rule 30(a)(1)(A) of these Rules unless the notice contains a certification, with supporting facts, that the person to be examined is about to leave the State or the United States, or is bound on a voyage to sea, and will be unavailable for examination unless deposed before that time.

        (b)     Notice of examination: General requirements; method of recording; production of documents and things; deposition of organization; deposition by telephone.

        (1)     A party desiring to take the deposition of any person upon oral examination shall give reasonable notice in writing to every other party to the action. The notice shall be filed and shall state the time and place for taking the deposition and the name and address of each person to be examined, if known, and, if the name is not known, a general description sufficient to identify the person or the particular class or group to which the person belongs. If a subpoena duces tecum is to be served on the person to be examined, the designation of the materials to be produced as set forth in the subpoena shall be attached to, or included in, the notice.

        (2)     The party taking the deposition shall state in the notice the method by which the testimony shall be recorded. Unless the court orders otherwise, it may be recorded by sound, sound-and-visual, or stenographic means, and the party taking the deposition shall bear the cost of recording. Any party may arrange for a transcription to be made from the recording of a deposition taken by non-stenographic means.

        (3)     With prior notice to the deponent and other parties, any party may designate another method to record the deponent’s testimony in addition to the method specified by the person taking the deposition. The additional record or transcript shall be made at that party’s expense unless the court otherwise orders.

        (4)     Unless otherwise agreed by the parties, a deposition shall be conducted before an officer appointed or designated under Rule 28 of these Rules and shall begin with a statement on the record by the officer that includes

        (A)    the officer’s name and business address;

        (B)    the date, time and place of the deposition;

        (C)    the name of the deponent;

        (D)    the administration of the oath or affirmation to the deponent; and

        (E)    an identification of all persons present. If the deposition is recorded other than stenographically, the officer shall repeat items (A) through (C) at the beginning of each unit of recorded tape or other recording medium. The appearance or demeanor of deponents or attorneys shall not be distorted through camera or sound-recording techniques. At the end of the deposition, the officer shall state on the record that the deposition is complete and shall set forth any stipulations made by counsel concerning the custody of the transcript or recording and the exhibits, or concerning other pertinent matters.

        (5)     The notice to a party deponent may be accompanied by a request made in compliance with Rule 34 of these Rules for the production of documents and tangible things at the taking of the deposition. The procedure of Rule 34 shall apply to the request.


        (6)     A party may in the party’s notice and in a subpoena name as the deponent a public or private corporation or a partnership or association or governmental agency and describe with reasonable particularity the matter on which examination is requested. In that event, the organization so named shall designate one or more officers, directors, or managing agents, or other persons who consent to testify on its behalf, and may set forth, for each person designated, the matters on which the person will testify. A subpoena shall advise a non-party organization of its duty to make such a designation. The persons so designated shall testify as to matters known or reasonably available to the organization. This subdivision (b)(6) does not preclude taking a deposition by any other procedure authorized in these Rules.

        (7)     The parties may stipulate in writing or the court may upon motion order that a deposition be taken by telephone or other remote electronic means. For the purposes of this rule and Rules 28(a), 37(a)(1), and 37(b)(1) of these Rules, a deposition taken by such means is taken in the circuit and at the place where the deponent is to answer questions.

        (8)     The notice shall inform the deponent of the requirements of subsection (e) of this Rule in substantially the following form:

You are hereby notified that you may request a review of the completed transcript or recording of your deposition. You must make this request before the completion of your deposition. If you make such a request, after being notified by the court reporter or other officer taking the deposition that the transcript or recording is available, you will have 30 days to: (1) review the transcript or recording; and (2) if there are changes in form or substance, to sign a statement reciting such changes and the reasons for making them.

Failure to substantially comply with this notice requirement prior to the completion of the deposition shall preclude the use of the transcript or recording until the deponent has been provided 30 days within which to review the transcript or recording, and, if there are changes, to sign a statement reciting them and the reasons therefor. Any changes shall be appended to the transcript or recording.

        (c)     Examination and cross-examination; record of examination; oath; objections.  Examination and cross-examination of witnesses may proceed as permitted at the trial under the provisions of the Hawaiʻi Rules of Evidence except Rules 103 and 615. The officer before whom the deposition is to be taken shall put the witness under oath or affirmation and shall personally, or by someone acting under the officer’s direction and in the officer’s presence, record the testimony of the witness. The testimony shall be taken stenographically or recorded by any other method authorized by subdivision (b)(2) of this Rule.         All objections made at the time of the examination to the qualifications of the officer taking the deposition, to the manner of taking it, to the evidence presented, to the conduct of any party, or to any other aspect of the proceedings shall be noted by the officer upon the record of the deposition; but the examination shall proceed, with the testimony being taken subject to the objections. In lieu of participating in the oral examination, parties may serve written questions in a sealed envelope on the party taking the deposition and the party taking the deposition shall transmit them to the officer, who shall propound them to the witness and record the answers verbatim.

        (d)     Schedule and duration; motion to terminate or limit examination.

        (1)     Any objection during a deposition must be stated concisely and in a non-argumentative and non-suggestive manner. A person may instruct a deponent not to answer only when necessary to preserve a privilege, to enforce a limitation directed by the court, or to present a motion under Rule 30(d)(4) of these Rules.

        (2)     Unless otherwise authorized by the court or stipulated by the parties, a deposition is limited to one day of seven hours. The court must allow additional time consistently with Rule 26(b)(2) of these Rules if needed for a fair examination of the deponent or if the deponent or another person, or other circumstance, impedes or delays the examination.

        (3)     If the court finds that any impediment, delay or other conduct has frustrated the fair examination of the deponent, it may impose upon the persons responsible an appropriate sanction, including the reasonable costs and attorney’s fees incurred by any parties as a result thereof.


        (4)     At any time during a deposition, on motion of a party or of the deponent and upon a showing that the examination is being conducted in bad faith or in such manner as unreasonably to annoy, embarrass, or oppress the deponent or party, the court in which the action is pending or the court in the circuit where the deposition is being taken may order the officer conducting the examination to cease forthwith from taking the deposition, or may limit the scope and manner of the taking of the deposition as provided in Rule 26(c) of these Rules. If the order made terminates the examination, it shall be resumed thereafter only upon the order of the court in which the action is pending. Upon demand of the objecting party or deponent, the taking of the deposition must be suspended for the time necessary to make a motion for an order. The provisions of Rule 37(a)(4) of these Rules apply to the award of expenses incurred in relation to the motion.

        (e)     Review by witness; changes; signing. If requested by the deponent or a party before completion of the deposition, the deponent shall have 30 days after being notified by the officer that the transcript or recording is available in which to review the transcript or recording and, if there are changes in form or substance, to sign a statement reciting such changes and the reasons given by the deponent for making them. The officer shall indicate in the certificate prescribed by subdivision (f)(1) whether any review was requested and, if so, shall append any changes made by the deponent during the period allowed.

        (f)     Certification and delivery by officer; exhibits; copies.

        (1)     The officer must certify that the witness was duly sworn by the officer and that the deposition is a true record of the testimony given by the witness. This certificate must be in writing and accompany the record of the deposition. Unless otherwise ordered by the court, the officer must securely seal the deposition in an envelope indorsed with the title of the action and marked "Deposition of (here insert name of witness)" and must promptly send it to the attorney who arranged for the transcript or recording, who must store it under conditions that will protect it against loss, destruction, tampering, or deterioration. Unless the court orders otherwise, depositions may be destroyed 6 months after the final disposition of the action, including appeal.

        Documents and things produced for inspection during the examination of the witness must, upon the request of a party, be marked for identification and annexed to the deposition and may be inspected and copied by any party, except that if the person producing the materials desires to retain them the person may

        (A)    offer copies to be marked for identification and annexed to the deposition and to serve thereafter as originals if the person affords to all parties fair opportunity to verify the copies by comparison with the originals, or

        (B)    offer the originals to be marked for identification, after giving to each party an opportunity to inspect and copy them, in which event the materials may then be used in the same manner as if annexed to the deposition. Any party may move for an order that the original be annexed to and returned with the deposition to the court, pending final disposition of the case.

        (2)     Unless otherwise ordered by the court or agreed by the parties, the officer shall retain stenographic notes of any deposition taken stenographically or a copy of the recording of any deposition taken by another method. Upon payment of reasonable charges therefor, the officer shall furnish a copy of the transcript or other recording of the deposition to any party or to the deponent.

        (3)     The party taking the deposition shall give prompt notice of its filing to all other parties.

        (g)     Failure to attend or to serve subpoena; expenses.

        (1)     If the party giving the notice of the taking of a deposition fails to attend and proceed therewith and another party attends in person or by attorney pursuant to the notice, the court may order the party giving the notice to pay to such other party the reasonable expenses incurred by that party and that party’s attorney in attending, including reasonable attorney’s fees.

        (2)     If the party giving the notice of the taking of a deposition of a witness fails to serve a subpoena upon the witness and the witness because of such failure does not attend, and if another party attends in person or by attorney because that party expects the deposition of that witness to be taken, the court may order the party giving the notice to pay to such other party the reasonable expenses incurred by that party and that party’s attorney in attending, including reasonable attorney’s fees.

 


COMMENT:

         Because the newly revised Rule 30(e) of the Hawaiʻi Family Court Rules shifts the burden on the deponent to request a review of the transcript or recording as well as the burden to prepare a signed statement of changes within 30 days, Rule 30(b)(8), a new section, was drafted to require notice of these provisions in the written Notice of Examination.

 

Rule 31.   DEPOSITIONS UPON WRITTEN

                 QUESTIONS.

        (a)     Serving questions; notice.

        (1)     After commencement of the action, a party may take the testimony of any person, including a party, by deposition upon written questions without leave of court except as provided in paragraph (2). The attendance of witnesses may be compelled by the use of subpoena as provided in Rule 45 of these Rules.

        (2)     A party must obtain leave of court, which shall be granted to the extent consistent with the principles stated in Rule 26(b)(2) of these Rules, if the person to be examined is confined in prison or if, without the written stipulation of the parties:

        (A)    A proposed deposition would result in more than ten depositions being taken under this rule or Rule 30 of these Rules by the plaintiffs, or by the defendants, or by third-party defendants; or

        (B)    The person to be examined has already been deposed in the case.

        (3)     A party desiring to take a deposition upon written questions shall serve them upon every other party with a notice stating

        (A)    the name and address of the person who is to answer them, if known, and if the name is not known, a general description sufficient to identify the person or the particular class or group to which the person belongs, and

        (B)    the name or descriptive title and address of the officer before whom the deposition is to be taken. A deposition upon written questions may be taken of a public or private corporation or a partnership or association or governmental agency in accordance with the provisions of Rule 30(b)(6) of these Rules.

        (4)     Within 14 days after the notice and written questions are served, a party may serve cross questions upon all other parties. Within 7 days after being served with cross questions, a party may serve redirect questions upon all other parties. Within 7 days after being served with redirect questions, a party may serve recross questions upon all other parties. The court may for cause shown enlarge or shorten the time.

        (b)     Officer to take responses and prepare record.  A copy of the notice and copies of all questions served shall be delivered by the party taking the deposition to the officer designated in the notice, who shall proceed promptly, in the manner provided by Rule 30(c), (e), and (f) of these Rules, to take the testimony of the witness in response to the questions and to prepare, certify, and file or mail the deposition, attaching thereto the copy of the notice and the questions received by the officer.

        (c)     Notice of filing.  When the deposition is filed the party taking it shall promptly give notice thereof to all other parties.

 

Rule 32.   USE OF DEPOSITIONS IN

                 COURT PROCEEDINGS.

        (a)     Use of depositions.  At the trial or upon the hearing of a motion or an interlocutory proceeding, any part or all of a deposition, so far as admissible under the Hawaiʻi Rules of Evidence applied as though the witness were then present and testifying, may be used against any party who was present or represented at the taking of the deposition or who had reasonable notice thereof, in accordance with any of the following provisions:

        (1)     Any deposition may be used by any party for the purpose of contradicting or impeaching the testimony of deponent as a witness, or for any other purpose permitted by the Hawaiʻi Rules of Evidence.

        (2)     The deposition of a party or of anyone who at the time of taking the deposition was an officer, director, or managing agent, or a person designated under Rule 30(b)(6) or 31(a) of these Rules to testify on behalf of a public or private corporation, partnership or association or governmental agency which is a party may be used by an adverse party for any purpose.


        (3)     The deposition of a witness, whether or not a party, may be used by any party for any purpose if the court finds:

        (A)    that the witness is dead; or

        (B)    that the witness resides on an island other than that of the place of trial or hearing, or is out of the State, unless it appears that the absence of the witness was procured by the party offering the deposition; or

        (C)    that the witness is unable to attend or testify because of age, illness, infirmity, or imprisonment; or

        (D)    that the party offering the deposition has been unable to procure the attendance of the witness by subpoena; or

        (E)    upon application and notice, that such exceptional circumstances exist as to make it desirable, in the interest of justice and with due regard to the importance of presenting the testimony of witnesses orally in open court, to allow the deposition to be used.

        A deposition taken without leave of court pursuant to a notice under Rule 30(a)(2)(c) of these Rules shall not be used against a party who demonstrates that, when served with the notice, the party was unable through the exercise of diligence to obtain counsel to represent the party at the taking of the deposition; nor shall a deposition be used against a party who, having received less than 11 days notice of a deposition, has promptly upon receiving such notice filed a motion for a protective order under Rule 26(c)(2) of these Rules requesting that the deposition not be held or be held at a different time or place and such motion is pending at the time the deposition is held.

        (4)     If only part of a deposition is offered in evidence by a party, an adverse party may require the offeror to introduce any other part which ought in fairness to be considered with the part introduced, and any party may introduce any other parts.

        Substitution of parties pursuant to Rule 25 of these Rules does not affect the right to use depositions previously taken and, when an action has been brought in any court of the United States or of any state and another action involving the same subject matter is afterward brought between the same parties or their representatives or successors in interest, all depositions lawfully taken and duly filed in the former action may be used in the latter as if originally taken therefor. A deposition previously taken may also be used as permitted by the Hawaiʻi Rules of Evidence.

        (b)     Pretrial disclosures.  A party must provide to other parties and promptly file with the court the following information regarding the evidence that it may present at trial other than solely for impeachment; the designation of those witnesses whose testimony is expected to be presented by means of a deposition and, if not taken stenographically, a transcript of the pertinent portions of the deposition testimony. Unless otherwise directed by the court, this information must be disclosed at least 30 days before trial. Within 14 days thereafter, unless a different time is specified by the court, a party may serve and promptly file a list disclosing

        (i)      any objections to the use under Rule 32(a) of these Rules of a deposition designated by another party, and

        (ii)     any objection, together with the grounds therefor, that may be made to the admissibility of that testimony.  Objections not so disclosed, other than objections under Rules 402 and 403 of the Hawaiʻi Rules of Evidence, are waived unless excused by the court for good cause. These disclosures must be made in writing, signed, and served.

        (c)     Objections to admissibility.  Subject to the provisions of Rule 28(b) of these Rules and subdivision (e) (3) of this Rule, objection may be made at the trial or hearing to receiving in evidence any deposition or part thereof for any reason which would require the exclusion of the evidence if the witness were then present and testifying.

        (d)     Form of presentation.  Except as otherwise directed by the court, a party offering deposition testimony pursuant to this rule may offer it in stenographic or nonstenographic form, but, if in nonstenographic form, the party shall also provide the court with a transcript of the portions so offered.

        (e)     Effect of errors and irregularities in depositions.

        (1)     As to Notice.  All errors and irregularities in the notice for taking a deposition are waived unless written objection is promptly served upon the party giving the notice.


        (2)     As to Disqualification of Officer.  Objection to taking a deposition because of disqualification of the officer before whom it is to be taken is waived unless made before the taking of the deposition begins or as soon thereafter as the disqualification becomes known or could be discovered with reasonable diligence.

        (3)     As to Taking of Deposition.

        (A)    Objections to the competency of a witness or to the competency, relevancy, or materiality of testimony are not waived by failure to make them before or during the taking of the deposition, unless the ground of the objection is one that might have been obviated or removed if presented at that time.

        (B)    Errors and irregularities occurring at the oral examination in the manner of taking the deposition, in the form of the questions or answers, in the oath or affirmation, or in the conduct of parties, and errors of any kind that might be obviated, removed, or cured if promptly presented, are waived unless seasonable objection thereto is made at the taking of the deposition.

        (C)    Objections to the form of written questions submitted under Rule 31 of these Rules are waived unless served in writing upon the party propounding them within the time allowed for serving the succeeding cross or other questions and within 5 days after service of the last questions authorized.

        (4)     As to Completion and Return of Deposition.  Errors and irregularities in the manner in which the testimony is transcribed or the deposition is prepared, signed, certified, sealed, indorsed, transmitted, filed, or otherwise dealt with by the officer under Rules 30 and 31 of these Rules are waived unless a motion to suppress the deposition or some part thereof is made with reasonable promptness after such defect is, or with due diligence might have been, ascertained.

 

Rule 33.   INTERROGATORIES TO

                 PARTIES.

        (a)     Availability.  Without leave of court or written stipulation, any party may serve upon any other party written interrogatories, not exceeding 60 in number, counting any subparts or subquestions as individual questions, to be answered by the party served or, if the party served is a public or private corporation or a partnership or association or governmental agency, by any officer or agent, who shall furnish such information as is available to the party. Interrogatories may, without leave of court, be served upon the plaintiff after commencement of the action and upon any other party with or after service of the summons and complaint upon that party. Leave to serve additional interrogatories shall be granted to the extent consistent with the principles of Rule 26(b)(2) of these Rules.

        (b)     Answers and objections.

        (1)     Each interrogatory shall be answered separately and fully in writing under oath, unless it is objected to, in which event the objecting party shall state the reasons for objection and shall answer to the extent the interrogatory is not objectionable.

        (2)     The answers are to be signed by the person making them, and the objections signed by the attorney making them.

        (3)     The party upon whom the interrogatories have been served shall serve a copy of the answers, and objections if any, within 30 days after the service of the interrogatories, except that a defendant may serve answers or objections within 45 days after service of the summons and complaint upon that defendant. A shorter or longer time may be directed by the court or, in the absence of such an order, agreed to in writing by the parties subject to Rule 29 of these Rules.

        (4)     All grounds for an objection to an interrogatory shall be stated with specificity. Any ground not stated in a timely objection is waived unless the party’s failure to object is excused by the court for good cause shown.

        (5)     The party submitting the interrogatories may move for an order under Rule 37(a) of these Rules with respect to any objection to or other failure to answer an interrogatory.

        (c)     Scope; use at trial.  Interrogatories may relate to any matters that can be inquired into under Rule 26(b)(1) of these Rules, and the answers may be used to the extent permitted by the Hawaiʻi Rules of Evidence.

        An interrogatory otherwise proper is not necessarily objectionable merely because an answer to the interrogatory involves an opinion or contention that relates to fact or the application of law to fact, but the court may order that such an interrogatory need not be answered until after designated discovery has been completed or until a pre-trial conference or other later time.


        (d)     Option to produce business records.  Where the answer to an interrogatory may be derived or ascertained from the business records of the party upon whom the interrogatory has been served or from an examination, audit or inspection of such business records, including a compilation, abstract or summary thereof, and the burden of deriving or ascertaining the answer is substantially the same for the party serving the interrogatory as for the party served, it is a sufficient answer to such interrogatory to specify the records from which the answer may be derived or ascertained and to afford to the party serving the interrogatory reasonable opportunity to examine, audit or inspect such records and to make copies, compilations, abstracts or summaries. A specification shall be in sufficient detail to permit the interrogating party to locate and to identify, as readily as can the party served, the records from which the answer may be ascertained.

 

Rule 34.   PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS

                 AND THINGS AND ENTRY UPON

                 LAND FOR INSPECTION AND

                 OTHER PURPOSES.

        (a)     Scope.  Any party may serve on any other party a request

        (l)      to produce and permit the party making the request, or someone acting on the requestor’s behalf, to inspect and copy, any designated documents (including writings, drawings, graphs, charts, photographs, phonorecords, and other data compilations from which information can be obtained, translated, if necessary, by the respondent through detection devices into reasonably usable form), or to inspect and copy, test, or sample any tangible things that constitute or contain matters within the scope of Rule 26(b) of these Rules and that are in the possession, custody or control of the party upon whom the request is served; or

        (2)     to permit entry upon designated land or other property in the possession or control of the party upon whom the request is served for the purpose of inspection and measuring, surveying, photographing, testing, or sampling the property or any designated object or operation thereon, within the scope of Rule 26(b) of these Rules.

        (b)     Procedure.  The request may, without leave of court, be served upon the plaintiff after commencement of the action and upon any other party with or after service of the summons and complaint upon that party. The request shall set forth, either by individual item or by category, the items to be inspected and describe each with reasonable particularity. The request shall specify a reasonable time, place, and manner of making the inspection and performing the related acts.

        The party upon whom the request is served shall serve a written response within 30 days after the service of the request, except that a defendant may serve a response within 45 days after service of the summons and complaint upon that defendant. A shorter or longer time may be directed by the court or, in the absence of such an order, agreed to in writing by the parties, subject to Rule 29 or 77(c)(2) of these Rules. The response shall set forth, either by individual item or by category, the items to be produced and describe each with reasonable particularity. The response shall state, with respect to each item or category, that inspection and related activities will be permitted as requested, unless the request is objected to, in which event the reasons for the objection shall be stated. If objection is made to part of an item or category, the part shall be specified and inspection permitted of the remaining parts. The party submitting the request may move for an order under Rule 37(a) of these Rules with respect to any objection to or other failure to respond to the request or any part thereof, or any failure to permit inspection as requested.

        A party who produces documents for inspection shall produce them as they are kept in the usual course of business or shall organize and label them to correspond with the categories in the request.

        (c)     Persons not parties.  A person not a party to the action may be compelled to produce documents and things or to submit to an inspection as provided in Rule 45 of these Rules.

 


Rule 35.   PHYSICAL AND MENTAL

                 EXAMINATION OF PERSONS.

        (a)     Order for examination.  When the mental or physical condition (including the blood group) of a party, or of a person in the custody or under the legal control of a party, is in controversy, the court in which the action is pending may order the party to submit to a physical or mental examination by a suitably licensed or certified examiner or to produce for examination the person in the party’s custody or legal control. The order may be made upon the agreement of the parties or on motion for good cause shown and upon notice to the person to be examined and to all parties and shall specify the scope of the examination and the person or persons by whom it is to be made.

        (b)     Report of examiner.

        (1)     All parties shall receive a copy of the written report of the examiner setting out the examiner’s findings, including results of all tests made, diagnoses and conclusions, together with like reports of all earlier examinations of the same condition unless the court orders otherwise upon a showing of good cause by the party requesting that the report be withheld. All parties shall also be entitled upon request to receive from a like report of any examination of the same party or person, previously or thereafter made, of the same condition, unless, in the case of a report of examination of a person not a party, the party shows that the party is unable to obtain it. The court on motion may make an order requiring delivery of a report on such terms as are just, and if an examiner fails or refuses to make a report, the court may exclude the examiner’s testimony if offered at trial.

        (2)     By requesting and obtaining a report of the examination so ordered or by taking the deposition of the examiner, the party examined waives any privilege the party may have in that action or any other involving the same controversy, regarding the testimony of every other person who has examined or may thereafter examine the party with respect to the same mental or physical condition.

        (3)     This subdivision does not preclude discovery of a report of an examiner or the taking of a deposition of the examiner in accordance with the provisions of any other rule.

 


Rule 36.   REQUESTS FOR ADMISSION.

        (a)     Request for admission.  A party may serve upon any other party a written request for the admission, for purposes of the pending action only, of the truth of any matters within the scope of Rule 26(b)(1) of these Rules set forth in the request that relate to statements or opinions of fact or of the application of law to fact, including the genuineness of any documents described in the request. Copies of documents shall be served with the request unless they have been or are otherwise furnished or made available for inspection and copying.

        Each matter of which an admission is requested shall be separately set forth, and shall provide reasonably sufficient space for the answer after the question or demand. Two sets of the request for admission shall be served on the adverse party. The request may, without leave of court, be served upon the plaintiff after commencement of the action and upon any other party with or after service of the summons and complaint upon that party.

        (b)     Responses.

        (1)     The response that includes the written answers and/or objections shall be served on the requesting party within 30 days after service of the request, or within such shorter or longer time as the court may allow or as the parties may agree to in writing, subject to Rule 29 of these Rules. However, unless the court shortens the time, a defendant shall not be required to serve answers or objections before the expiration of 45 days after service of the summons and complaint upon that defendant.


        (2)     The matter of which an admission is sought is admitted unless the party to whom the request is directed timely serves upon the party requesting the admission a written answer or objection addressed to the matter. If objection is made, the reasons therefor shall be stated. The answer shall specifically deny the matter or set forth in detail the reasons why the answering party cannot truthfully admit or deny the matter. A denial shall fairly meet the substance of the requested admission, and when good faith requires that a party qualify an answer or deny only a part of the matter of which an admission is requested, the party shall specify so much of it as is true and qualify or deny the remainder. An answering party may not give lack of information or knowledge as a reason for failure to admit or deny unless the party states that the party has made reasonable inquiry and that the information known or readily obtainable by the party is insufficient to enable the party to admit or deny. A party who considers that a matter for which an admission has been requested presents a genuine issue for trial may not, on that ground alone, object to the request; the party may, subject to the provisions of Rule 37(c) of these Rules, deny the matter or set forth reasons why the party cannot admit or deny it.

        (3)     Each answer or objection shall be set forth immediately following the question or demand to which the response is being made. The response that includes the written answers and/or objections shall be signed by the party or by the party’s attorney.

        (c)     Objections to the response.  The party who has requested the admissions may move to determine the sufficiency of the answers or objections. Unless the court determines that an objection is justified, it shall order that an answer be served. If the court determines that an answer does not comply with the requirements of this rule, it may order either that the matter is admitted or that an amended answer be served. The court may, in lieu of these orders, determine that final disposition of the request be made at a pre-trial conference or at a designated time prior to trial. The provisions of Rule 37(a)(4) of these Rules apply to the award of expenses incurred in relation to the motion.

        (d)     Effect of admission.  Any matter admitted under this rule is conclusively established unless the court on motion permits withdrawal or amendment of the admission. Subject to the provisions of Rule 16 of these Rules governing amendment of a conference order, the court may permit withdrawal or amendment when the presentation of the merits of the action will be served thereby and the party who obtained the admission fails to satisfy the court that withdrawal or amendment will prejudice that party in maintaining the party’s action or defense on the merits. Any admission made by a party under this rule is for the purpose of the pending action only and is not an admission by the party for any other purpose nor may it be used against the party in any other proceeding.

        (Amended March 30, 2022, effective April 25, 2022.)

 

Rule 37.   FAILURE TO MAKE OR

                 COOPERATE IN DISCOVERY;

                 SANCTIONS.

        (a)     Motion for order compelling discovery.  A party, upon reasonable notice to other parties and all persons affected thereby, may apply for an order compelling discovery as follows:

        (1)     Appropriate court.  An application for an order to a party may be made to the court in which the action is pending, or, on matters relating to a deposition, to the court in the circuit where the deposition is being taken. An application for an order to a person who is not a party shall be made to the court in the circuit where the deposition is being, or is to be, taken.


        (2)     Motion.  If a deponent fails to answer a question propounded or submitted under Rule 30 or 31 of these Rules, or a corporation or other entity fails to make a designation under Rule 30(b)(6) or 31(a) of these Rules, or a party fails to answer an interrogatory submitted under Rule 33 of these Rules if a party, in response to a request for inspection submitted under Rule 34 of these Rules, fails to respond that inspection will be permitted as requested or fails to permit inspection as requested, the discovering party may move for an order compelling an answer, or a designation, or an order compelling inspection in accordance with the request. The motion must include a certification that the movant has in good faith conferred or attempted to confer with the person or party failing to make the discovery in an effort to secure the information or material without court action. When taking a deposition on oral examination, the proponent of the question may complete or adjourn the examination before applying for an order.

        (3)     Evasive or incomplete answer or response. For purposes of this subdivision an evasive or incomplete answer or response is to be treated as a failure to answer or respond.

        (4)     Expenses and sanctions.

        (A)    If the motion is granted or if the disclosure or requested discovery is provided after the motion was filed, the court shall, after affording an opportunity to be heard, require the party or deponent whose conduct necessitated the motion or the party or attorney advising such conduct or both of them to pay to the moving party the reasonable expenses incurred in making the motion, including attorney’s fees, unless the court finds that the motion was filed without the movant’s first making a good faith effort to obtain the disclosure or discovery without court action, or that the opposing party’s nondisclosure, response, or objection was substantially justified or that other circumstances make an award of expenses unjust.

        (B)    If the motion is denied, the court may enter any protective order authorized under Rule 26(c) of these Rules and shall, after affording an opportunity to be heard, require the moving party or the attorney filing the motion or both of them to pay to the party or deponent who opposed the motion the reasonable expenses incurred in opposing the motion, including attorney’s fees, unless the court finds that the making of the motion was substantially justified or that other circumstances make an award of expenses unjust.

        (C)    If the motion is granted in part and denied in part, the court may enter any protective order authorized under Rule 26(c) of these Rules and may, after affording an opportunity to be heard, apportion the reasonable expenses incurred in relation to the motion among the parties and persons in a just manner.

        (b)     Failure to comply with order.

        (1)     Sanctions by court in circuit where deposition is taken.  If a deponent fails to be sworn or to answer a question after being directed to do so by the court in the circuit in which the deposition is being taken, the failure may be considered a contempt of that court.

        (2)     Sanctions by court in which action is pending.  If a party or an officer, director, or managing agent of a party or a person designated under Rule 30(b)(6) or 31(a) of these Rules to testify on behalf of a party fails to obey an order to provide or permit discovery, including an order made under subdivision (a) of this Rule or Rule 35 of these Rules, or if a party fails to obey an order entered under Rule 26(f) of these Rules, the court in which the action is pending may make such orders in regard to the failure as are just, and among others the following:

        (A)    An order that the matters regarding which the order was made or any other designated facts shall be taken to be established for the purposes of the action in accordance with the claim of the party obtaining the order;

        (B)    An order refusing to allow the disobedient party to support or oppose designated claims or defenses, or prohibiting that party from introducing designated matters in evidence;

        (C)    An order striking out pleadings or parts thereof, or staying further proceedings until the order is obeyed, or dismissing the action or proceeding or any part thereof, or rendering a judgment by default against the disobedient party;

        (D)    In lieu of any of the foregoing orders or in addition thereto, an order treating as a contempt of court the failure to obey any orders except an order to submit to a physical or mental examination;


        (E)    Where a party has failed to comply with an order under Rule 35(a) of these Rules requiring that party to produce another for examination, such orders as are listed in paragraphs (A), (B), and (C) of this subdivision, unless the party failing to comply shows that the party is unable to produce such person for examination.

        In lieu of any of the foregoing orders or in addition thereto, the court shall require the party failing to obey the order or the attorney advising that party or both to pay the reasonable expenses, including attorney’s fees, caused by the failure, unless the court finds that the failure was substantially justified or that other circumstances make an award of expenses unjust.

        (c)     Failure to disclose; false or misleading disclosure; refusal to admit.

        (1)     A party that without substantial justification fails to amend a prior response to discovery as required by Rule 26(e)(2) of these Rules, is not, unless such failure is harmless, permitted to use as evidence at a trial, at a hearing, or on a motion any witness or information not so disclosed. In addition to or in lieu of this sanction, the court, on motion and after affording an opportunity to be heard, may impose other appropriate sanctions. In addition to requiring payment of reasonable expenses, including attorney’s fees, caused by the failure, these sanctions may include any of the actions authorized under Rule 37(b)(2)(A), (B), and (C) of these Rules.

        (2)     If a party fails to admit the genuineness of any document or the truth of any matter as requested under Rule 36 of these Rules, and if the party requesting the admissions thereafter proves the genuineness of the document or the truth of the matter, the requesting party may apply to the court for an order requiring the other party to pay the reasonable expenses incurred in making that proof, including reasonable attorney’s fees. The court shall make the order unless it finds that

        (A)    the request was held objectionable pursuant to Rule 36(a) of these Rules, or

        (B)    the admission sought was of no substantial importance, or

        (C)    the party failing to admit had reasonable ground to believe that the party might prevail on the matter, or

        (D)    there was other good reason for the failure to admit.

        (d)     Failure of party to attend at own deposition or serve answers to interrogatories or respond to request for inspection.  If a party or an officer, director, or managing agent of a party or a person designated under Rule 30(b)(6) or 31(a) of these Rules to testify on behalf of a party fails

        (1)     to appear before the officer who is to take the deposition, after being served with a proper notice, or

        (2)     to serve answers or objections to interrogatories submitted under Rule 33 of these Rules, after proper service of the interrogatories, or

        (3)     to serve a written response to a request for inspection submitted under Rule 34 of these Rules, after proper service of the request, the court in which the action is pending on motion may make such orders in regard to the failure as are just, and among others it may take any action authorized under subparagraphs (A), (B), and (C) of subdivision (b)(2) of this Rule.

        Any motion specifying a failure under clause (2) or (3) of this subdivision shall include a certification that the movant has in good faith conferred or attempted to confer with the party failing to answer or respond in an effort to obtain such answer or response without court action. In lieu of any order or in addition thereto, the court shall require the party failing to act or the attorney advising that party or both to pay the reasonable expenses, including attorney’s fees, caused by the failure, unless the court finds that the failure was substantially justified or that other circumstances make an award of expenses unjust.

        The failure to act described in this subdivision may not be excused on the ground that the discovery sought is objectionable unless the party failing to act has a pending motion for a protective order as provided by Rule 26(c) of these Rules.

        (e)     Expenses against the State.  Except to the extent permitted by statute, expenses and fees may not be awarded against the State or a county under this rule.

 

 


VI. TRIALS

 

Rule 38.   RESERVED.

 

Rule 39.   RESERVED.

 

Rule 40.   ASSIGNMENT OF CASES FOR

                 TRIAL; CONTINUANCE OF

                 TRIAL.

        (a)     Assignment of case for trial.  The family courts shall provide by order for the placing of actions upon the trial calendar

        (1)     without request of the parties, or

        (2)     upon request of a party and notice to the other parties, or

        (3)     in such other manner as the courts deem expedient. Precedence shall be given to actions entitled thereto by statute.

        (b)     Motions for continuance.  If a date has been assigned for trial of an action, a motion for continuance of the trial shall include on the first page of the notice of motion the trial date assigned and any previously assigned trial dates.

        (c)     Consent of party to continuance of trial.  A motion for continuance of any assigned trial date, whether or not stipulated to by respective counsel, shall be granted only upon a showing of good cause, which shall include a showing that the client-party has consented to the continuance. Consent may be demonstrated by the client-party’s signature on a motion for continuance or by the personal appearance in court of the client-party. However, consent is not required if the client-party is a government agency.

 

Rule 41.   DISMISSAL OF ACTIONS.

        (a)     Voluntary dismissal: Effect thereof.

        (1)     By notice of dismissal; by stipulation.  Subject to the provisions of Rule 66 of these Rules, and of any statute, an action may by dismissed by notice of dismissal or by stipulation as set out respectively in paragraphs (a)(1)(A) and (a)(1)(B) of this Rule. Unless otherwise stated in the notice of dismissal or stipulation, the dismissal is without prejudice. The notice of dismissal or stipulation shall state the Hawaiʻi Family Court Rule and subsections pursuant to which the dismissal is filed.

        (A)    The initiating party, without approval of the court, may file a notice of dismissal at any time prior to service of process, unless an adverse party has already filed a document or appeared in court. Although approval of the court is not necessary for a dismissal under this paragraph (a)(1)(A), any such dismissal shall first be submitted for processing to the family court and shall not be effective until filed by the clerk of court.

        (B)    After the service of process, or if an adverse party has already filed a document or appeared in court prior to the service of process, a stipulation of dismissal may be submitted to the court. The stipulation shall be signed by all parties unless the signature of a party is waived by the court. The stipulation shall be effective only if approved by the court.

        (2)     By order of court on initiating party’s motion to dismiss. Except as provided in paragraphs (a)(1)(A) and (a)(1)(B) of this Rule, an action shall not be dismissed at the instance of the initiating party save upon order of the court after notice and hearing on a motion to dismiss. The dismissal shall include such terms and conditions as the court deems proper. If a cross-action has been pleaded by an adverse party prior to the service upon the adverse party of the motion to dismiss, the action shall not be dismissed against the objection of the adverse party unless the cross-action can remain pending for independent adjudication by the court. Unless otherwise specified in the order, a dismissal under this paragraph is without prejudice.

        (b)     Involuntary dismissal:  Effect thereof. For failure of the plaintiff to prosecute or to comply with these Rules or any order of court, a defendant may move for dismissal of an action or of any claim against the defendant. After the plaintiff has completed the presentation of evidence, the defendant, without waiving the right to offer evidence in the event the motion is not granted, may move for a dismissal on the ground that upon the facts and the law the claimant has shown no right to relief. The court may then determine the facts and render judgment against the plaintiff or may decline to render any decree until the close of all the evidence. Unless the court in its order for dismissal otherwise specifies, a dismissal under this subdivision and any dismissal not provided for in this Rule, other than a dismissal for lack of jurisdiction or for improper venue, operates as an adjudication upon the merits.


        (c)     Dismissal of cross-action.  The provisions of this Rule apply to the dismissal of any cross-action. A voluntary dismissal by the claimant alone pursuant to paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) of this Rule shall be made before a responsive pleading is served or, if there is none, before the introduction of evidence at the trial or hearing.

        (d)     Reserved.

        (e)     Dismissal for want of service or prosecution.

        (1)     A diligent effort to effect service shall be made in all actions and if no service be made within 6 months after an action or post-judgment motion has been filed then, after notice of not less than 10 days to the filing party at their last known address, the same may be dismissed. Such a dismissal may be set aside and the action reinstated by order of court for good cause shown on ex parte motion duly filed in said action within 30 days of service of the order of dismissal on JEFS Users through JEFS or within 30 days of mailing of the order of dismissal to the last known address of parties who are not represented by an attorney and who are not JEFS Users.

        (2)     In any case in which a final decree, judgment, or order has not been made and filed prior to the expiration of 1 year from the date of the filing of the complaint or post-judgment motion in said action, the same may be dismissed unless a trial date has been set or an order has been filed enlarging the time following a showing of good cause. Such a dismissal may be set aside and the action or motion reinstated by order of court for good cause shown on ex parte motion duly filed in said action within 30 days of service of the order of dismissal on JEFS Users through JEFS or within 30 days of mailing of the order of dismissal to the last known address of parties who are not represented by an attorney and who are not JEFS Users.

        (3)     Reserved.

        (4)     An order of any dismissal and notice pursuant to subsections (e)(1) or (2) of this Rule shall be filed in the record of the case.

        (Amended March 30, 2022, effective April 25, 2022.)

 

Rule 42.   CONSOLIDATION; SEPARATE

                 TRIALS.

        (a)     Consolidation. When actions involving a common question of law or fact are pending before the court, it may order a consolidated hearing or trial of any or all the matters in issue in the actions; it may order all the actions consolidated; and it may make such orders concerning proceedings therein as may tend to avoid unnecessary costs or delay.

        (b)     Separate trials.  The court, in furtherance of convenience or to avoid prejudice, or when separate trials will be conducive to expedition and economy, may order a separate trial of any claim, cross-claim, counterclaim, or third-party claim, or of any separate issue or of any number of claims, cross-claims, counterclaims, third-party claims, or issues.

 

Rule 43.   TAKING OF TESTIMONY.

        (a)     Form.  In all trials, the testimony of witnesses shall be taken orally in open court, unless otherwise allowed by law or court order.

        (b)     Presentation of expert testimony.  The court may schedule the presentation of all expert testimony during the same phase of the trial.

        (c)     Record of the excluded evidence.  If an objection to a question propounded to a witness is sustained by court, the examining attorney may make a specific offer of what the attorney expects to prove by the answer of the witness, unless it clearly appears that the evidence is not admissible on any grounds or that the witness is privileged.

        (d)     Affirmation in lieu of oath.  Whenever under these Rules an oath is required to be taken, a solemn affirmation may be accepted in lieu thereof.

        (e)     Evidence on motions.  When a motion is based on facts not appearing of record, the court may hear the matter on affidavits or declarations presented by the respective parties, but the court may direct that the matter be heard wholly or partly on oral testimony or deposition.

        (f)     Interpreters.  The court may appoint an interpreter of its own selection and may fix the interpreter’s reasonable compensation. The compensation shall be paid out of funds provided by law or by one or more of the parties as the court may direct, and may be taxed ultimately as costs, in the discretion of the court.

 


Rule 43.1. RECORDING OF TESTIMONY

                 AND PROCEEDINGS.

        The court shall order that the testimony and other matters required to be preserved by a reporter shall be preserved by audio or video recording or by such other method as may be appropriate. It is the responsibility of the court to see to it that the record so made is sufficiently clear to permit full transcription and truly discloses what occurred in the court with such references to the record made as will enable the record to be reviewed and transcribed as occasion arises.

 

Rule 44.   PROOF OF OFFICIAL RECORD.

        (a)     Authentication.

        (1)     Domestic.  An official record kept within the United States, or any state, district, commonwealth, or within a territory subject to the administrative or judicial jurisdiction of the United States, or an entry therein, when admissible for any purpose, may be evidenced by an official publication thereof or by a copy attested by the officer having the legal custody of the record, or by the deputy, and accompanied by a certificate that the officer has the custody. The certificate may be made by a judge of a court of record of the district or political subdivision in which the record is kept, authenticated by the seal of the court, or may be made by any public officer having a seal of office and having official duties in the district or political subdivision in which the record is kept, authenticated by the seal of the officer’s office.

        (2)     Foreign.  A foreign official record, or an entry therein, when admissible for any purpose, may be evidenced by an official publication thereof; or a copy thereof, attested by a person authorized to make the attestation, and accompanied by a final certification as to the genuineness of the signature and official position

        (A)    of the attesting person, or

        (B)    of any foreign official whose certificate of genuineness of signature and official position relates to the attestation or is in a chain of certificates of genuineness of signature and official position relates to the attestation.

        A final certification may be made by a secretary of embassy or legation, consul general, consul, vice consul, or consular agent of the United States, or a diplomatic or consular official of the foreign country assigned or accredited to the United States. If reasonable opportunity has been given to all parties to investigate the authenticity and accuracy of the documents, the court may, for good cause shown,

        (A)    admit an attested copy without final certification or

        (B)    permit the foreign official record to be evidenced by an attested summary with or without a final certification.

        The final certification is unnecessary if the record and the attestation are certified as provided in a treaty or convention to which the United States and the foreign country in which the official record is located are parties.

        (b)     Lack of record.  A written statement that after diligent search no record or entry of a specified tenor is found to exist in the records designated by the statement, authenticated as provided in subdivision (a)(1) of this Rule in the case of a domestic record, or complying with the requirements of subdivision (a)(2) of this Rule for a summary in the case of a foreign record, is admissible as evidence that the records contain no such record or entry.

        (c)     Other proof.  This rule does not prevent the proof of official records or of entry or lack of entry therein by any other method authorized by law.

 

Rule 44.1. DETERMINATION OF FOREIGN

                 LAW.

        A party who intends to raise an issue concerning the law of a foreign country shall give notice by pleadings or other reasonable written notice. The court, in determining foreign law, may consider any relevant material or source, including testimony, whether or not submitted by a party or admissible under the Hawaiʻi Rules of Evidence. The court’s determination shall be treated as a ruling on a question of law.

 


Rule 45.   SUBPOENA.

        (a)     For attendance of witnesses; form; issuance.  Every subpoena shall be issued by the clerk of the circuit court of the circuit in which the action is pending under the seal of the court, shall state the name of the court and the title of the action, and shall command each person to whom it is directed to attend and give testimony at a time and place therein specified. The clerk shall issue a subpoena, or a subpoena for the production of documentary evidence, signed and sealed but otherwise blank, to a party requesting it, who shall fill it in before service.

        (b)     For production of documentary evidence.  A subpoena may also command the person to whom it is directed to produce the books, papers, documents, or tangible things designated therein; but the court, upon motion made promptly and in any event at or before the time specified in the subpoena for compliance therewith, may

        (1)     quash or modify the subpoena if it is unreasonable and oppressive, or

        (2)     condition denial of the motion upon the advancement by the person in whose behalf the subpoena is issued of the reasonable cost of producing the books, papers, documents, or tangible things.

        (c)     Service and notice.  A subpoena may be served at any place within the State. A subpoena may be served:

        (1)     anywhere in the State by the sheriff or the sheriff’s deputy or by any other person who is not a party and is not less than 18 years of age; or

        (2)     in any county by the chief of police of that county or a duly authorized subordinate.

        Service of a subpoena upon a person named therein shall be made by delivering a copy thereof to such person and by tendering to such person the fees for one day’s attendance and the mileage allowed by law. When the subpoena is issued on behalf of the State or a county, or an officer or agency of the State or a county, fees and mileage need not be tendered. Notice of the issuance and service of a subpoena shall be served on all parties to the action.

        (d)     Subpoena for taking depositions; place of examination.

        (1)     Proof of service of a notice to take a deposition as provided in Rules 30(b) and 31(a) of these Rules constitutes a sufficient authorization for the issuance by the clerk of the circuit court of the circuit in which the deposition is to be taken of subpoenas for the persons named or described therein. The subpoena may command the person to whom it is directed to produce and permit inspection and copying of designated books, papers, documents, or tangible things which constitute or contain matters within the scope of the examination permitted by Rule 26(b) of these Rules, but in that event the subpoena will be subject to the provisions of Rule 26(c) of these Rules and subdivision (b) of this Rule 45.

        The person to whom the subpoena is directed may, within 10 days after the service thereof or on or before the time specified in the subpoena for compliance if such time is less than 10 days after service, serve upon the attorney designated in the subpoena written objection to inspection or copying of any or all of the designated materials. If objection is made, the party serving the subpoena shall not be entitled to inspect and copy the materials except pursuant to an order of the court from which the subpoena was issued. The party serving the subpoena may, if objection has been made, move upon notice to the deponent for an order at any time before or during the taking of the deposition.

        (2)     A resident of the State may be required to attend an examination only in the county wherein that person resides or is employed or transacts business in person, or at such other convenient place as is fixed by an order of court. A nonresident of the State subpoenaed within the State may be required to attend only in the county wherein that person is served with a subpoena, or at such other convenient place as is fixed by an order of court.

        (e)     Duties in responding to subpoena.

        (1)     A person responding to a subpoena to produce documents shall produce them as they are kept in the usual course of business or shall organize and label them to correspond with the categories in the demand.

        (2)     When information subject to a subpoena is withheld on a claim that it is privileged or subject to protection as trial preparation materials, the claim shall be made expressly and shall be supported by a description of the nature of the documents, communications, or things not produced that is sufficient to enable the demanding party to contest the claim.


        (f)     Contempt.  Failure by any person without adequate excuse to obey a subpoena served upon that person may be deemed a contempt of the court from which the subpoena issued.

 

Rule 45.1. TESTIMONY OF MINOR CHILD.

        Prior approval must be obtained from the court before any child is summoned to appear as a witness so that the court may determine whether to allow the testimony of the child and the form and manner in which the child’s testimony will be permitted. The court may appoint a guardian ad litem as provided by law and Rule 17(c) of these Rules before allowing such testimony.

 

Rule 46.   EXCEPTIONS UNNECESSARY.

        Formal exceptions to rulings or orders of court are unnecessary; but for all purposes for which an exception has heretofore been necessary it is sufficient that a party, at the time the ruling or order of the court is made or sought, makes known to the court the action that the party desires the court to take or the party’s objection to the action of the court and grounds therefor; and, if a party has no opportunity to object to a ruling or order at the time it is made, the absence of an objection does not thereafter prejudice the party.

 

Rule 47.   RESERVED.

 

Rule 48.   RESERVED.

 

Rule 49.   RESERVED.

 

Rule 50.   RESERVED.

 

Rule 51.   RESERVED.

 

Rule 52.   FINDINGS AND CONCLUSIONS

                 BY THE COURT.

        (a)     Effect.  In all actions tried in the family court, the court may find the facts and state its conclusions of law thereon or may announce or write and file its decision and direct the entry of the appropriate judgment; except upon notice of appeal filed with the court, the court shall enter its findings of fact and conclusions of law where none have been entered, unless the written decision of the court contains findings of fact and conclusions of law. To aid the court, the court may order the parties or either of them to submit proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law, within 10 days after the filing of the notice of appeal or within 10 days of the filing of a request for entry of findings of fact and conclusions of law under Rule 10(f) of the Hawaiʻi Rules of Appellate Procedure, unless such time is extended by the court. Requests for findings are not necessary for purposes of review. The findings of a master, to the extent that the court adopts them, shall be considered as the findings of the court. If a decision is filed, it will be sufficient if the findings of fact and conclusions of law appear therein.  For cases maintained in JIMS, proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law shall be submitted in accordance with Rule 9 of the Hawaiʻi Electronic Filing and Service Rules and in any other manner ordered by the court.  For cases maintained in JIMS, the proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law shall be attached to a coversheet which includes “Proposed” in its title, although the title of the attached findings of fact and conclusions of law shall not include the word “Proposed”.  For cases which are not included in JIMS, proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law shall be attached to a coversheet which includes “Proposed” in its title, shall be conventionally filed, and a courtesy copy shall be provided to the Court

        (b)     Amendment.  Upon motion of a party made not later than 10 days after entry of judgment the court may amend its findings or make additional findings and may amend the judgment accordingly. The motion may be made with a motion for a new trial pursuant to Rule 59 of these Rules. When findings of fact are made by the court, the question of sufficiency of the evidence to support the findings may thereafter be raised whether or not the party raising the question has made in the family court an objection to such findings or has made a motion to amend them or a motion for judgment.

        (Amended March 30, 2022, effective April 25, 2022.)

 


Rule 53.   MASTERS.

        (a)     Appointment.  The court may appoint a master, referee, auditor, examiner, assessor, special master, volunteer settlement master, commissioner, or receiver (“a master”) to perform specific acts and/or obtain specific evidence to assist the court.

        (b)     Compensation.  A master (except a volunteer settlement master) shall be compensated as determined by the court, and shall be paid out of any fund or subject matter of the action, which is in the custody and control of the court, or by one or more of the parties themselves, as the court may direct. The master shall not retain the master’s report as security for compensation, but when the party ordered to pay the compensation allowed by the court does not pay it after notice and within the time prescribed by the court, the master is entitled to a writ of execution against the delinquent party.

        (c)     Reference.  A reference to a master shall be made for good cause. A party may move for the appointment of a master. The court may appoint a master on its own initiative after affording the parties an opportunity to be heard.

        (d)     Powers.  The order of reference to the master shall specify the master’s powers and duties. It may direct the master to perform particular acts only, or to obtain particular evidence only.

        (e)     Report.  The order of reference to a master shall specify the date by which the master’s report shall be completed, served on all parties, and filed with the court.

        (f)     Admission.  The written report of a master may be received in evidence if no objection is made; or if objection is made, may be received in evidence provided the person or persons responsible for the report are available for cross-examination as to any matter contained therein. When a report is received in evidence, any party may introduce other evidence supplementing, supporting, modifying, or rebutting the whole or any part of the report.

        (g)     Dismissal of action.  An action wherein a master has been appointed shall not be dismissed except by order of the court.

        (Amended March 30, 2022, effective April 25, 2022.)

 


Rule 53.1. ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE

                 RESOLUTION.

        (a)     Authority to order.  The court, sua sponte or upon motion by a party, may, in exercise of its discretion, order the parties to participate in a nonbinding Alternative Dispute Resolution process (ADR or ADR process) subject to terms and conditions imposed by the court. ADR includes mediation or other such process the court determines may be helpful in encouraging an economic and fair resolution of all or any part of the disputes presented in the matter. Subsections (b) through (d) do not apply to ADR administered by the Hawaiʻi Judiciary, such as the Volunteer Settlement Master Program.

        (b)     Factors to consider; fees and expenses.

        (1)     Before ordering a case to ADR, the court may consider factors, including, but not limited to, the current status of the case, whether the parties would be better served by a settlement conference held by the court, whether the parties are willing to participate in ADR, and whether the parties have previously participated in ADR in the pending matter. In addition, the court may consider whether ordering a case into ADR would result in an unfair or unreasonable economic burden on any party.

        (2)     All ADR fees and expenses of the neutral shall be borne equally by the parties unless otherwise agreed to by the parties, ordered by the court, or provided by law.

        (c)     Selection of the neutral.  If the ADR process ordered by the court involves the selection of a neutral, the parties shall first attempt to select a neutral by mutual agreement. If the parties cannot agree, then each party shall submit a list to the court nominating up to 3 prospective neutrals by a date determined by the court. The court shall then decide which person shall serve as the neutral. If at any time the neutral becomes unable or unwilling to serve, and the parties are unable to agree on the selection of another neutral, the court shall select another neutral from the names previously provided by the parties.


        (d)     Disclosure. Unless waived by all parties, the parties, counsel, and neutral shall disclose to each other the identity of other participants who may be included in the ADR process. In addition, the neutral shall disclose any other facts and information, including relationships, that a reasonable person would consider likely to affect the impartiality of the neutral, including the neutral’s relationships with counsel. The parties, counsel, and neutral shall have a continuing obligation to disclose any information they subsequently learn during the ADR process that a reasonable person would consider likely to affect the impartiality of the neutral.

        (e)     Physical presence of counsel and parties required.  Lead trial counsel and parties shall attend, in person, all ADR conferences scheduled by the neutral unless excused by the neutral.

        (f)     Communication by parties, counsel, neutral and the Court. Unless the parties otherwise agree in writing, the neutral, counsel, the parties, and other participants in any ADR process shall not communicate with the court adjudicating the merits of the matter about the substance of any position, offer or other matter related to the ADR process, nor shall a court request or order disclosure of such information unless such disclosure is required to enforce a settlement agreement, adjudicate a dispute over the neutral’s fees, or provide evidence in any attorney disciplinary proceeding, and then only to the extent required to accomplish such purpose. However, the neutral may disclose to a court whether the ADR process is scheduled, pending, or concluded; who attended; and, if applicable, whether a settlement or resolution was reached with regard to some or all issues presented.

 

 


VII. JUDGMENT

 

Rule 54.   JUDGMENT; COSTS.

        (a)     Definition; form.

        “Judgment” as used in these Rules includes a decree and any order from which an appeal lies. A judgment shall not contain a recital of pleadings, the report of a master, or the record of prior proceedings.

        (b)     Reserved.

        (c)     Demand for judgment.  A judgment by default shall not be different in kind from or exceed in amount that which was prayed for in the demand for judgment. Except as to a party against whom a judgment is entered by default, every final judgment shall grant the relief to which the party in whose favor it is rendered is entitled, even if the party has not demanded such relief in the party’s pleadings.

        (d)     Costs.  Costs shall be allowed where expressly provided by statute, stipulation, agreement, order, or these Rules.

        (e)     Effective date.  All judgments and orders shall take effect upon the signing and filing thereof unless otherwise ordered.

 

Rule 54.1. PERIODIC PAYMENTS.

        Provisions for periodic payments of alimony and/or child support shall be set forth specifically in the judgment or order providing for the same to be paid. Provisions for alimony shall state whether such payments are to be made directly to the recipient or through the chief clerk of a circuit court, or through the Child Support Enforcement Agency when there is a concurrent child support order. A provision for child support shall state that it is payable through the Child Support Enforcement Agency and pursuant to an order for income assignment, except that provisions for direct payment of child support may be made pursuant to HRS section 576D-10. All orders for periodic payment shall state the commencement date, and the date or dates of each month and year on which such payments are to be made. Provisions for periodic payments of alimony for an indefinite period may be approved but shall be made subject to further order of the court. Provisions for periodic payments of alimony for a definite period may be approved but shall be for a definite period of time or until further order of the court, whichever occurs sooner.


 

COMMENT:

         This rule sets forth the requirements in child support orders. At the time it was promulgated, the statute required that all such orders be paid through the Child Support Enforcement Agency. Subsequently, Haw. Rev. Stat. § 576D-10(b) through (i) was amended to allow direct payments subject to certain conditions. This rule was amended to be consistent with statutory amendments.

 

Rule 54.2. MODIFICATION OF

                 JUDGMENTS.

        (a)     Custody and visitation.  A proposed stipulation seeking to establish or amend provisions in a judgment or any order relating to custody or visitation of minor children will not be approved unless there is a showing that the proposal is in the best interests of the children. Unless waived by the court, such stipulation shall be signed by both parties.

        (b)     Modifying or terminating support for adult children.

        (1)     In an action where a party seeks to modify or terminate existing orders relating to the support, maintenance and education of minor children upon a child reaching the age of majority, service of the motion or pleading seeking such relief shall be made on the adult child in addition to the adverse party in the manner provided in these Rules.

        (2)     A proposed stipulation seeking to modify existing orders relating to the support, maintenance and education of minor children by reducing or terminating provisions for child support upon a child attaining the age of majority shall not be approved unless the adult child affected by the proposed change shall have approved the stipulation in addition to the parties; or an affidavit or declaration is provided by either party that the child is no longer dependent for education and the child’s whereabouts are unknown; or a hearing is held.

 

Rule 55.   DEFAULT.

        (a)     Entry.  When a party against whom a judgment for affirmative relief is sought has failed to plead or otherwise defend as provided by these Rules and that fact is made to appear by motion supported by affidavit or declaration or as otherwise provided hereinbelow, the court shall enter the party’s default.

        (b)     Judgment.  In a contested or uncontested action, where it appears from the record and by testimony (or by affidavit or declaration in an uncontested matrimonial action) that the adverse party has been duly served with the complaint or dispositive motion, and the adverse party has failed to appear or otherwise defend as provided by these Rules, the court may grant an entry of default and proceed with a proof hearing, when a hearing is required, and enter a default judgment. No judgment by default shall be entered against a minor or incompetent person unless represented in the action by a guardian, or other such representative who has appeared therein, and upon whom service may be made under Rule 17(c) of these Rules.

        (c)     Setting aside default.  For good cause shown the court may set aside an entry of default and, if a judgment by default has been entered, may likewise set it aside in accordance with Rule 60(b) of these Rules.

        (d)     Plaintiff, cross-plaintiff.  The provisions of this rule apply whether the party entitled to the judgment by default is a plaintiff or a party who has pleaded a cross-complaint. In all cases a judgment by default is subject to the limitations of Rule 54(c) of these Rules.

        (e)     Judgment against the State, etc.  No judgment by default shall be entered against the State or a county, or an officer or agency of the State or a county, unless the claimant establishes a claim or right to relief by evidence satisfactory to the court.

 


Rule 56.   SUMMARY JUDGMENT.

        (a)     For claimant.  A party seeking to recover upon a claim, counterclaim, or cross-claim may, at any time after the expiration of 20 days from the commencement of the action or after service of a motion for summary judgment by the adverse party, move with or without supporting affidavits or declarations for a summary judgment in the party’s favor upon all or any part thereof.

        (b)     For defending party.  A party against whom a claim, counterclaim, or cross-claim is asserted may, at any time, move with or without supporting affidavits or declarations for a summary judgment in the party’s favor as to all or any part thereof.

        (c)     Motion and proceedings thereon.  The motion shall be filed and served not less than 18 days before the date set for the hearing. The adverse party may file and serve opposing memorandum and/or affidavits or declarations not less than 8 days before the date set for the hearing. The moving party may file and serve a reply or affidavit or declaration not less than 3 days before the date set for the hearing. The judgment sought shall be rendered forthwith if the pleadings, depositions, answers to interrogatories, and admissions on file, together with the affidavits or declarations, if any, show that there is no genuine issue as to any material fact and that the moving party is entitled to a judgment as a matter of law.

        (d)     Case not fully adjudicated on motion.  If on motion under this rule judgment is not rendered upon the whole case or for all the relief asked and a trial is necessary, the court at the hearing of the motion, by examining the pleadings and the evidence before it and by interrogating counsel, shall if practicable ascertain what material facts exist without substantial controversy and what material facts are actually and in good faith controverted. It shall thereupon make an order specifying the facts that appear without substantial controversy, and directing such further proceedings in the action as are just. Upon the trial of the action the facts so specified shall be deemed established, and the trial shall be conducted accordingly.

        (e)     Form of affidavits or declarations; further testimony; defense required.  Supporting and opposing affidavits or declarations shall be made on personal knowledge, shall set forth such facts as would be admissible in evidence, and shall show affirmatively that the affiant is competent to testify to the matters stated therein. Sworn or certified copies of all documents or parts thereof referred to in an affidavit or declaration shall be attached thereto or served therewith. The court may permit affidavits or declarations to be supplemented or opposed by depositions, answers to interrogatories, or further affidavits or declarations. When a motion for summary judgment is made and supported as provided in this rule, an adverse party may not rest upon the mere allegations or denials of the adverse party’s pleading, but the adverse party’s response, by affidavits or declarations or as otherwise provided in this rule, must set forth specific facts showing that there is a genuine issue for trial. If the adverse party does not so respond, summary judgment, if appropriate, shall be entered against the adverse party.

        (f)     When affidavits or declarations are unavailable.  Should it appear from the affidavits or declarations of a party opposing the motion that the party cannot for reasons stated present by affidavit or declaration facts essential to justify the party’s opposition, the court may refuse the application for judgment or may order a continuance to permit affidavits or declarations to be obtained or depositions to be taken or discovery to be had or may make such other order as is just.

        (g)     Affidavits or declarations made in bad faith.  Should it appear to the satisfaction of the court at any time that any of the affidavits or declarations presented pursuant to this rule are presented in bad faith or solely for the purpose of delay, the court shall forthwith order the party employing them to pay to the other party the amount of the reasonable expenses which the filing of the affidavits or declarations caused the other party to incur, including reasonable attorney’s fees, and any offending party or attorney may be adjudged guilty of contempt.

        (h)     Form of order.  Whenever the court on a motion for summary judgment disposes of one or more but fewer than all claims, involving one or more parties, the order entered must specifically set forth the claim or claims disposed of, and with respect to each such claim, the party or parties in whose favor the disposition is made and the party or parties against whom the disposition is made.

        (Amended March 30, 2022, effective April 25, 2022.)

 


Rule 57.   RESERVED.

 

Rule 58.   PREPARATION AND SIGNING

                 OF JUDGMENTS AND OTHER

                 ORDERS.

        (a)     Preparation of judgments and other orders.  Within 10 days (or such other time directed by the court) after entry or announcement of the decision of the court, the attorney or party designated by the court (“the drafting party”) shall draft a proposed judgment, decree, or order in accordance with the decision and attempt to secure thereon the approval of the opposing counsel or party (if self-represented) as to form.

        (b)     Party approval or objection to form; delivery to Court.  If there is no objection to the form of the proposed judgment, decree, or order, the opposing counsel or party (if self-represented) shall promptly approve it as to form by affixing a handwritten signature on it. Once the opposing counsel or party approves the proposed judgment, decree, or order as to form, the drafting party shall attach it to a coversheet which includes “Proposed” in its title, and shall file it conventionally or electronically in accordance with Rule 9 of the Hawaiʻi Electronic Filing and Service Rules.

        If a proposed judgment, decree, or order is not approved as to form by the opposing counsel or party (if self-represented) within 5 days after a written request for such approval, the drafting party shall file a Notice of Submission of the proposed order which attaches the proposed order as an exhibit.  The drafting party shall serve the Notice of Submission on all attorneys and any party who is not represented by an attorney.  Service shall be made either through JEFS or conventionally in accordance with Rule 6 of the Hawaiʻi Electronic Filing and Service Rules.  If the Notice of Submission is conventionally served, a certificate of conventional service shall be filed stating the actual date of service and the method of service used.

        If any party objects to the form of the proposed judgment, decree, or order attached to the Notice of Submission, no later than 5 days after service of the Notice of Submission, that party shall file and serve upon each party a Statement of Objections which clearly states the basis for each objection to the proposed judgment, decree, or order.  The Statement of Objections shall also attach the objecting party’s own proposed judgment, decree, or order as an exhibit.

        In the event of an objection to the form of a proposed judgment, decree, or order, the court may schedule a Rule 58 conference or shall proceed to settle the judgment, decree or order. Either party may request a Rule 58 conference. Failure to file and serve objections and a proposed judgment, decree, or order within the time frame required shall constitute approval as to form of the drafting party’s proposed judgment, decree, or order.

        (c)     Court approval; sanctions.  If a proposed judgment, decree or order is consistent with the decision of the court, the court shall cause the judgment, decree or order to be entered forthwith. If a proposed judgment, decree or order is not consistent with the decision of the court, the court may require submission of a conforming judgment, decree or order. The court may impose a monetary sanction against a party or attorney who submits a defective or untimely judgment, decree, or order.

        (d)     Request for entry.  If the drafting party fails to timely submit a proposed judgment, decree, or order to the court, any other party may prepare a proposed judgment, decree, or order and present it to the drafting party for approval in compliance with subsection (b) above.  If the drafting party is presented with a proposed judgment, decree, or order under this subsection and fails to approve it, the party who prepared the proposed judgment, decree, or order may filed a Notice of Submission in compliance with subsection (b) above for the court’s approval and entry.  Any Notice of Submission under this subsection (d) shall include a representation that the party or attorney ordered to prepare the proposed judgment, decree, or order failed to timely prepare and present it as required by subsection (a) above.

        (e)     No waiver of right to appeal.  Approval as to form shall not affect the right, or constitute waiver of the right, of any party to appeal from any judgment, decree or order issued.

        (f)     Documents submitted for court’s signature pursuant to formal hearing.  All documents submitted for the court’s signature that are pursuant to formal hearing, shall reflect the exact hearing date or dates and the name of the hearing judge under the case number and character of the document and shall comply with Rule 7.1(c) of these Rules.


        (g)     Preparation of stipulated order when provisions on record.  If a party or parties are present in court, with or without an attorney, and state for the record that the parties stipulate to the entry of orders, the stipulation shall be reduced to writing by the attorney or party designated by the court within 10 days (or such other time as designated by the court), and shall be approved by all parties and their attorneys, if any, consistent with (b) above unless such a requirement is waived by the court. If a party who was present in court fails or refuses to approve the stipulation and order within 5 days after receipt, the court may approve the stipulation and order without approval of either the party or the party’s attorney, if any, provided that the provisions are consistent with the provisions stipulated to in court, and provided that the party or party’s attorney, if any, preparing the stipulation and order informs the court via a Notice of Submission consistent with (b) above that either the party or the party’s attorney, if any, refused or failed to approve the stipulation and order within the 5-day period.

        (Amended March 30, 2022, effective April 25, 2022.)

 

Rule 58.1. STIPULATIONS AND ORDERS.

        (a)     Forms of stipulations and orders.  A stipulation not made in open court shall be in writing, signed by the parties and/or their attorneys, and submitted to the court for approval. The stipulation shall cite the authority and state the reason(s) and factual or other basis for the stipulation therein. A stipulation shall have the effect of an order if the words "Approved and so ordered" or their equivalent appear on the stipulation, the stipulation is signed by the judge, and the stipulation is filed by the court.

        (b)     Stipulations extending or enlarging time.  A stipulation for court approval to act under Rule 6(b)(1), Hawaiʻi Family Court Rules, shall include the following:

        (1)     the title of the document and the sequential number of such extension or enlargement;

        (2)     the reason(s) for the extension or enlargement; and

        (3)     the expiration date of the originally prescribed period or as extended or enlarged by a previous order.

 


Rule 59.   NEW TRIALS;

                 RECONSIDERATION OR

                 AMENDMENT OF JUDGMENTS

                 AND ORDERS.

        (a)     Grounds.  A new trial may be granted to all or any of the parties and on all or part of the issues for good cause shown. On a motion for a new trial, the court may open the judgment if one has been entered, take additional testimony, amend findings of fact and conclusions of law, or make new findings and conclusions, and direct the entry of a new judgment.

        (b)     Time for motion.  A motion for a new trial shall be filed not later than 10 days after the entry of the judgment unless otherwise provided by statute.

        (c)     Time for serving affidavits or declaration.  When a motion for new trial is based on affidavits or declarations, they shall be served with the motion. The opposing party has 10 days after such service within which to serve opposing affidavits or declarations, which period may be extended for an additional period not exceeding 20 days either by the court for good cause shown or by the parties by written stipulation. The court may permit reply affidavits or declarations.

        (d)     On initiative of court.  Not later than 10 days after entry of judgment the court of its own initiative may order a new trial, for any reason for which it might have granted a new trial on motion of a party. After giving the parties notice and an opportunity to be heard on the matter, the court may grant a motion for a new trial, timely served, for a reason not stated in the motion. In either case, the court shall specify in the order the grounds therefor.

        (e)     Motion to reconsider, alter or amend a judgment or order.  Except as otherwise provided by HRS section 571-54 regarding motions for reconsideration in proceedings based upon HRS sections 571-11(1), (2), or (6), a motion to reconsider, alter or amend a judgment or order is not required but may be filed no later than 10 days after entry of the judgment or order and shall be a non-hearing motion, except that the court in its discretion may set any matter for hearing. Responsive pleadings to a motion for reconsideration shall be filed no later than 10 days after service of the motion to reconsider, alter or amend the judgment or order.


        (f)     Entry of judgment.  Unless otherwise ordered by the court, the filing of the judgment in the office of the clerk constitutes the entry of the judgment, and the judgment is not effective before such entry.

 

COMMENT:

         Rule 59(e) of the Hawaiʻi Family Court Rules sets forth the requirements for motions to reconsider, alter or amend a judgment or order. At the time this rule was originally promulgated, the statute required that a motion for reconsideration be filed prior to taking an appeal in a Chapter 587 case. Subsequently, HRS § 571-54 was amended to eliminate this requirement. To be consistent with statutory amendments, this amendment would permit but not mandate the filing of a motion for reconsideration in Chapter 587 cases prior to appeal.

 

Rule 60.   RELIEF FROM JUDGMENT OR

                 ORDER.

        (a)     Clerical mistakes.  Clerical mistakes in judgments, orders or other parts of the record and errors therein arising from oversight or omission may be corrected by the court at any time of its own initiative or on the motion of any party and after such notice, if any, as the court orders. During the pendency of an appeal, such mistakes may be so corrected before the appeal is docketed, and thereafter while the appeal is pending may be so corrected with leave of the appellate court.

        (b)     Mistakes; inadvertence; excusable neglect; newly discovered evidence; fraud.  On motion and upon such terms as are just, the court may relieve a party or a party’s legal representative from any or all of the provisions of a final judgment, order, or proceeding for the following reasons:

        (1)     mistake, inadvertence, surprise, or excusable neglect;

        (2)     newly discovered evidence which by due diligence could not have been discovered in time to move for a new trial under Rule 59(b) of these Rules or to reconsider, alter, or amend under Rule 59(e);

        (3)     fraud (whether heretofore denominated intrinsic or extrinsic), misrepresentation, or other misconduct of an adverse party;

        (4)     the judgment is void;

        (5)     the judgment has been satisfied, released, or discharged, or a prior judgment upon which it is based has been reversed or otherwise vacated, or it is no longer equitable that the judgment should have prospective application; or

        (6)     any other reason justifying relief from the operation of the judgment.

The motion shall be made within a reasonable time, and for reasons (1), (2), and (3) not more than one year after the judgment, order, or proceedings was entered or taken. For reasons (1) and (3) the averments in the motion shall be made in compliance with Rule 9(b) of these Rules. A motion under this subdivision (b) does not affect the finality of a judgment or suspend its operation. This rule does not limit the power of a court to entertain an independent action to relieve a party from a judgment, order, or proceeding, or to set aside a judgment for fraud upon the court.

 

Rule 61.   HARMLESS ERROR.

        No error in either the admission or the exclusion of evidence and no error or defect in any ruling or order or in anything done or omitted by the court or by any of the parties is ground for granting a new trial or for setting aside a verdict or for vacating, modifying, or otherwise disturbing a judgment or order, unless refusal to take such action appears to the court inconsistent with substantial justice. The court at every stage of the proceeding must disregard any error or defect in the proceeding that does not affect the substantial rights of the parties.

 


Rule 62.   STAY OF PROCEEDINGS TO

                 ENFORCE A JUDGMENT.

        (a)     No automatic stay: Exceptions - Injunctions, receiverships and accountings.  Unless otherwise ordered by the court, a temporary order or a judgment containing a restraining order, an order of sequestration, or an order appointing receiver, or a judgment or order directing an accounting, or an order for the payment of child support directly or by income assignment, shall not be stayed during the period after its entry and until an appeal is taken, or during the pendency of an appeal. The provisions of subdivision (c) of this Rule govern the suspending, modifying, restoring, or granting of a restraining order during the pendency of an appeal. When an appeal is taken from any judgment relating to the custody or support of a child or spousal support, the court in its discretion may suspend, modify or grant such judgments during the pendency of the appeal upon such terms as it considers proper.

        (b)     Stay on motion for new trial or for alteration or amendment of judgment or order.  In its discretion and on such conditions for the security of the adverse party as are proper, the court may stay any proceedings to enforce a judgment or order pending the disposition of a motion for a new trial or to alter or amend a judgment or order made pursuant to Rule 59 of these Rules, or of a motion for relief from a judgment or order made pursuant to Rule 60 of these Rules, or when justice so requires in other cases until such time as the court may fix.

        (c)     Restraining orders pending appeal.  When an appeal is taken from a restraining order or final decree granting, dissolving, or denying a restraining order, the court in its discretion may suspend, modify, restore, or grant a restraining order during the pendency of the appeal upon such terms as to bond or otherwise as it considers proper for the security of the rights of the adverse party.

        (d) Stay upon appeal.  When an appeal is taken the appellant on such conditions that the court may allow may obtain a stay subject to the exceptions contained in subdivision (a) of this Rule. The stay is effective when approved by the court.

        (e)  Stay in favor of the State, etc.  When an appeal is taken by or at the direction of the State or a county, or by an officer or agency of the State or a county, and the operation or enforcement of the judgment is stayed, no bond, obligation, or other security shall be required from the appellant.

        (f)     Reserved.

        (g)     Power of supreme court and intermediate court of appeals not limited.  The provisions in this rule do not limit any power of the supreme court or of the intermediate court of appeals or of a justice or judge thereof to stay proceedings during the pendency of an appeal or to suspend, modify, restore, or grant a restraining order during the pendency of an appeal or to make any order appropriate to preserve the status quo or the effectiveness of the decree subsequently to be entered.

        (h)     Reserved.

 

Rule 63.   DISABILITY OF JUDGE.

        If a trial or hearing has been commenced and the judge is unable to proceed, any other judge may proceed with it upon certifying familiarity with the record and determining that the proceedings in the case may be completed without prejudice to the parties. In a hearing or trial without a jury, the successor judge shall at the request of a party recall any witness whose testimony is material and disputed and who is available to testify again without undue burden. The successor judge may also recall any other witness.

 

 


VIII. PROVISIONAL AND FINAL REMEDIES AND SPECIAL PROCEEDINGS

 

Rule 64.   RESERVED.

 

Rule 65.   INJUNCTIONS.

        (a)     Reserved.

        (b)     Restraining order; notice; hearing; duration.  Except as provided in HRS §580-10.5, a restraining order may be granted without notice to the adverse party when it clearly appears from specific facts shown by affidavit or declaration or by the verified complaint that immediate relief to the applicant is appropriate. Every restraining order granted without notice shall be filed with the court and entered in the record, shall be accompanied by an appropriate application for further relief, shall be set for a prompt hearing, and shall be served forthwith upon any party or parties affected by the order. It shall continue in effect until further order of the court. Upon notice to the party who obtained the restraining order without notice, the adverse party may move to advance the hearing.

        (c)     Security.  In all cases, the court, on granting a restraining order or at any time thereafter, may require security or impose such other equitable terms as it deems proper. No such security shall be required of the State or a county, or an officer or agency of the State or a county.

        The provisions of Rule 65.1 of these Rules apply to a surety upon a bond or undertaking under this Rule.

        (d)     Form and scope of restraining order.  Every restraining order shall set forth the reasons for its issuance; shall be specific in terms; shall describe in reasonable detail, and not by reference to the complaint or other document, the act or acts sought to be restrained; and is binding only upon the parties to the action, their officers, agents, servants, employees, and attorneys (to the extent stated in the order), and upon those persons in active concert or participation with them who receive actual notice of the order by personal service or otherwise.

        (e)     Reserved.

        (Amended March 30, 2022, effective April 25, 2022.)

 


Rule 65.1. SECURITY: PROCEEDINGS

                 AGAINST SURETIES.

        (a)     Security and sureties.  Whenever these

Rules require or permit the giving of security by a party, and security is given in the form of a bond or stipulation or other undertaking with one or more sureties, each surety submits to the jurisdiction of the court and irrevocably appoints the clerk of the court as the surety’s agent upon whom any documents affecting the surety’s liability on the bond or undertaking may be served. The surety’s liability may be enforced on motion without the necessity of an independent action. The motion and such notice of the motion as the court prescribes shall be conventionally served on the clerk of the court, who shall forthwith mail copies to the sureties if their addresses are known.  For purposes of this Rule, the motion and notice of motion shall not be served electronically.

        (b)     Who may not be surety.  No attorney or other officer or employee of the court shall become surety on any bond or undertaking in any action or proceeding in this court, unless authorized by the court.

        (Amended March 30, 2022, effective April 25, 2022.)

 

Rule 66.   RESERVED.

 

Rule 67.   DEPOSIT IN COURT.

        In an action in which any part of the relief sought is a judgment for a sum of money or the disposition of any other thing capable of delivery, a party, upon notice to every other party, and by leave of court, may deposit with the court all or any part of such sum or thing. Money paid into court under this rule shall be deposited and withdrawn in accordance with orders of the court.

 


Rule 68.   OFFER OF SETTLEMENT.

        At any time more than 20 days before any contested hearing held pursuant to HRS sections 571-11 to 14 (excluding law violations, criminal matters, and child protection matters) is scheduled to begin, any party may serve upon the adverse party an offer to allow a judgment to be entered to the effect specified in the offer. Such offer may be made as to all or some of the issues, such as custody and visitation. Such offer shall not be filed with the court, unless it is accepted. If within 10 days after service of the offer the adverse party serves written notice that the offer is accepted, any party may then file the offer and notice of acceptance together with proof of service thereof and thereupon the court shall treat those issues as uncontested. An offer not accepted shall be deemed withdrawn and evidence thereof is not admissible, except in a proceeding to determine costs and attorney’s fees. If the judgment in its entirety finally obtained by the offeree is patently not more favorable than the offer, the offeree must pay the costs, including reasonable attorney’s fees incurred after the making of the offer, unless the court shall specifically determine that such would be inequitable.

 

Rule 69.   ENFORCEMENT OF JUDGMENT

                 OR ORDER FOR PAYMENT OF

                 SUPPORT.

        A judgment or order for the payment of child or spouse support may be enforced by an order of assignment of income or other methods permitted by statute.

 

Rule 70.   JUDGMENT FOR SPECIFIC

                 ACTS; VESTING TITLE.

        If a judgment directs a party to execute a conveyance of land or to deliver deeds or other documents or to perform any other specific act and the party fails to comply within the time specified, the court may direct the act to be done at the cost of the disobedient party by some other person appointed by the court and the act when so done has like effect as if done by the party. On application of the party entitled to performance, the court shall issue a writ of attachment or sequestration against the property of the disobedient party to compel obedience to the judgment. The court may also in proper cases adjudge the party in contempt. If real or personal property is within the State, the court in lieu of directing a conveyance thereof may enter a judgment divesting the title of any party and vesting it in others and such judgment has the effect of a conveyance executed in due form of law. When any order or judgment is for the delivery of possession, the party in whose favor it is entered is entitled to a writ of execution or assistance upon application to the court.

 

Rule 71.   PROCESS IN BEHALF OF AND

                 AGAINST PERSONS NOT

                 PARTIES.

        When an order is made in favor of a person who is not a party to the action, that person may enforce obedience to the order by the same process as if a party; and, when obedience to an order may be lawfully enforced against a person who is not a party, that person is liable to the same process for enforcing obedience to the order as if a party.

 

 

IX. APPEALS

 

Rule 72.   APPEAL TO THE FAMILY

                 COURT.

        (a)     How taken.  Where a right of appeal to the family court is allowed by statute, any person or party allowed by statute may appeal from such decision, order or action by filing a notice of appeal in the family court having jurisdiction of the matter. As used in this Rule, the term “appellant” means any person or party filing a notice of appeal, and “appellee” means every governmental body or official (other than a court) whose decision, order or action is appealed from, and every other party to the proceedings.

        (b)     Time.  The notice of appeal shall be filed in the family court of the circuit in which the appellant resides within 30 days of the preliminary ruling or within 30 days after the service of the copy of the final decision and order. However, if the notice of appeal is mailed, the notice of appeal shall be deemed timely filed if the mailing is postmarked within the time fixed for filing and is received by the clerk no later than 5 days after the postmarked date. For the purposes of calculating other deadlines in these Rules, date of filing under this Rule shall be the date the document is received by the clerk.

        (c)     Service.  Promptly after filing the notice of appeal, the appellant shall serve a copy thereof upon each appellee.


        (d)     Record on appeal.

        (1)     Designation.  The appellant shall, concurrently with filing the notice of appeal or no later than 10 days after filing the notice of appeal, file with the clerk of the court either conventionally or through JEFS a Designation of Record on Appeal (the “Designation”).  The Designation shall specify the documents, transcripts, minutes, and exhibits (“the designated materials”) that the appellant desires to be filed in the family court in connection with the appeal.

      The appellant shall fill out an Order for Certification and Transmission of the Record form, provided by the family court, which shall command the governmental official or body whose decision, order or action is appealed from (the Aagency@), to certify and transmit the designated materials to the family court no later than 20 days following service of the filed AOrder for Certification and Transmission of the Record@ or within such further time as may be allowed by the family court.  The Order for Certification and Transmission of the Record shall be attached to a coversheet which includes AProposed@ in its title, although the title of the attached Order shall not include the word AProposed@.  If the appellant is a JEFS User, the AProposed Order for Certification and Transmission of the Record@ (with the attached Order) shall be filed electronically via JEFS.  If the appellant is not a JEFS User, the appellant shall submit the AProposed Order for Certification and Transmission of the Record@ (with the attached Order) to the clerk for conventional filing.

      The clerk, in the name and under the seal of the court, shall sign, date, and file the Order for Certification and Transmission of the Record.  If the appellant is not a JEFS User, the clerk shall conventionally serve certified copies of the Designation and Order for Certification and Transmission of the Record on the appellant.

      The appellant shall serve certified copies of the Designation and the Order for Certification and Transmission of the Record upon the agency and upon all parties and, if serving conventionally, shall file a certificate of conventional service.

      The family court may compel obedience to the Order for Certification and Transmission of the Record by any appropriate process.

        (2)     Counter designation. Any appellee may, within 10 days after service of the Designation and statement of the case, file with the clerk of the court either conventionally or through JEFS a Counter-Designation of Record on Appeal (the “Counter-Designation”) which shall specify additional documents, transcripts, minutes and exhibits (the “counter-designated material”) that the appellee desires to be filed in the family court in connection with the appeal.

        The appellee shall fill out an Order for Certification and Transmission of the Record form, provided by the family court, which shall command the agency to certify and transmit the counter-designated materials to the family court no later than 20 days following service of the filed Order for Certification and Transmission of the Record or within such further time as may be allowed by the family court.  The Order for Certification and Transmission of the Record shall be attached to a coversheet which includes “Proposed” in its title, although the title of the attached Order shall not include the word “Proposed”.  If the appellee is a JEFS User, the “Proposed Order for Certification and Transmission of the Record” (with the attached Order) shall be filed electronically via JEFS.  If the appellee is not a JEFS User, the appellee shall submit the “Proposed Order for Certification and Transmission of the Record” (with the attached Order) to the clerk for conventional filing.

        The clerk, in the name and under the seal of the court, shall sign, date, and file the “Order for Certification and Transmission of the Record”.  If the appellee is not a JEFS User, the clerk shall conventionally serve certified copies of the Counter-Designation and Order for Certification and Transmission of the Record on the appellee.

        The appellee shall serve certified copies of the Counter-Designation and the “Order for Certification and Transmission of the Record” upon the agency and upon all parties and, if serving conventionally, shall file a certificate of conventional service.

        When the appellee filing the Counter-Designation is the agency which has official custody of the counter-designated materials, it shall be sufficient that the appellee agency file the counter-designated materials and identify the same in an accompanying certificate. A copy of such certificate and of any counter-designation shall be served forthwith upon the appellant either through JEFS or conventionally if the appellant is not a JEFS User.


        The family court may compel obedience to the Order for Certification and Transmission of the Record by any appropriate process.

        (e)     Statement of case.  The appellant shall file in the family court, concurrently with the filing of appellant’s designation, a short and plain statement of the case and a prayer for relief.  Copies of such statement shall be conventionally served forthwith upon every appellee who has not yet registered with JEFS in connection with the appeal. The statement shall be treated, as near as may be, as an original complaint and the provision of these Rules respecting motions and answers in response thereto shall apply.

        (f) and (g) Reserved.

        (h)     Costs.  No appeal shall be heard, and the appeal shall be dismissed, unless the appellant shall pay all costs, if any, including costs for the transcribing of the transcripts, and furnish every bond or other security, if any, required by law.

        (i)      Stay.  The filing of a notice of appeal shall not operate as a stay of the decision, order or action appealed from, unless otherwise provided by statute.

        (j)     Reserved.

        (k)     Judgment.  Upon final determination of the appeal, the family court shall enter judgment. Such judgment shall be reviewable, or final, as may be provided by law. Promptly after final determination of the appeal in the family court, the clerk of the court shall serve the parties and the governmental official or body concerned of the disposition of the appeal in accordance with Rule 77 of these Rules.

        (Amended July 9, 2019, effective January 1, 2020; further amended March 30, 2022, effective April 25, 2022.)

 

Rule 72.1. BRIEFS.

        (a)     Briefing schedules and scheduling of argument dates.  The court shall issue a briefing schedule which will inform parties that oral argument will be scheduled upon request.

        (b)     Opening brief, answering brief and reply brief.  All briefs submitted for appellate review to the family court shall conform with Hawaiʻi Rules of Appellate Procedure Rule 28.

        (c)     Extension of time for briefs.  Upon timely

        (1)     oral request, or

        (2)     written motion, or

        (3)     letter request by a party, the clerk of court shall grant one extension of time for no more than 30 days for the filing of an opening or answering brief and no more than 10 days for the filing of a reply brief. The clerk shall note on the record that the extension was granted and the date the brief is due. The requesting party shall notify all other parties that the extension was granted and shall file a copy of the notice in the record. A request is timely only if it is received by the clerk within the original time for filing of the brief. The submission of a request or motion for extension does not toll the time for filing a brief.

        (d)     Briefs not timely filed or not in conformity with rule.  When the brief for appellant is not filed within the time required, the clerk shall forthwith give notice to the parties that the matter will be called to the attention of the court on a day certain for such action as the court deems proper and that the appeal may be dismissed. When the brief of an appellant is otherwise not in conformity with these Rules, the appeal may be dismissed or the brief stricken and monetary or other sanctions may be levied by the court with prior notice to the parties. When the brief of an appellee is not filed within the time required, or is not in conformity with these Rules, the brief may be stricken and monetary or other sanctions may be levied by the court with prior notice to the parties. In addition, the court may accept as true the statement of facts in the appellant’s opening brief. Any party who may be adversely affected by application of this Rule may submit a memorandum, affidavits or declarations, or declarations setting forth the reasons for non-conformance with these Rules.

 

Rules 73. to 76.  RESERVED.

 

 


X. FAMILY COURTS AND CLERKS

 

Rule 77.   FAMILY COURTS AND CLERKS.

        (a)     Family courts always open.  The family courts shall be deemed always open for the purpose of filing any pleading or other proper document, of issuing and returning mesne and final process, and of making and directing all interlocutory motions, orders, and Rules.

        (b)     Filing with the clerk of court.  Documents filed through JEFS or JIMS shall be deemed filed with the clerk of the court.

        (c)     Clerk’s office and orders by clerk.  The clerk’s office with the clerk or a deputy in attendance shall be open during business hours on all days except Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays. Any order to show cause, summons, subpoena, application for issuing final process to enforce or execute judgments, or notice issued by the court in connection with any case or cause, may be signed by a clerk of the court. The clerk shall grant, sign, and enter the following orders without further direction by the court, but any orders so entered may be set aside or modified by the court:

        (1)     Orders extending time.  Orders extending once for 20 days the time within which to file an answer to a complaint if the time originally prescribed to answer or move has not expired.

        (2)     Orders granting extension.  Orders extending once for 15 days the time within which to object to or answer interrogatories to a party or object or respond to a request for production of documents if the time to answer such interrogatories or respond to a request for production of documents has not expired and such extension would not violate a prior court order.

      Any orders submitted for the clerk=s signature shall be attached to a coversheet which includes AProposed@ in the title, although the attached order itself shall not include “Proposed” in its title.  JEFS Users shall file the proposed order electronically and non-JEFS Users shall conventionally file the proposed order.

      (d)   Service of orders, decrees, and judgments.  Immediately upon the filing of an order, decree, or judgment prepared by the court, the clerk shall conventionally serve a copy of the order, decree, or judgment by mail in the manner provided for in Rule 5 of these Rules upon each self-represented party who is not in default for failure to appear and who is not a JEFS User. The clerk shall note the service by a text-only entry on the docket or by filing a certificate of conventional service. Failure to make such service does not affect the time to appeal or relieve or authorize the court to relieve a party for failure to appeal within the time allowed, except as permitted in Rule 4(a) of the Hawaiʻi Rules of Appellate Procedure. The Notice of Electronic Filing automatically generated by JEFS is sufficient to show service of the order, decree, or judgment on all JEFS Users. Orders prepared by attorneys shall be served in accordance with Rules 5(c) and 5.1 of these Rules.

        (e)     “Court” and “family court” defined.  As used in these Rules, the words “court” and “family court” shall mean the family court, the district family court, or a judge of the family court, or a judge of the district family court.

        (f)     “Judge” defined.  As used in these Rules, the word “judge” shall mean a judge of the family court or the district family court.

        (g)     Costs awarded by the court.  In addition to any other costs allowed by statute or rule, the court may award to a prevailing party the actual cost of service of process, whether service is made by a public or private process server, provided the amount shall not exceed the statutory amount(s) allowed for service of process by sheriffs or police officers.

        (Amended March 30, 2022, effective April 25, 2022.)

 

Rule 77.1. PREPARATION OF CLERK’S

                 MINUTES AND DEPOSIT OF

                 EXHIBITS.

        The court shall cause minutes to be prepared for its own use. Such minutes shall be appended chronologically at the bottom of the case file. Immediately upon the conclusion of a proceeding, all exhibits received, together with the original of the exhibit list, shall be deposited with the clerk, who shall acknowledge receipt of same on a copy of the exhibit list, which shall be filed in the file.

 


Rule 78.   MOTION DAY.

        Unless local conditions make it impracticable, each family court shall establish regular times and places, at intervals sufficiently frequent for the prompt dispatch of business, at which motions requiring notice and hearing may be heard and disposed of; but the judge at any time or place and on such notice, if any, as the judge considers reasonable may make orders for the advancement, conduct, and hearing of actions.

        To expedite its business, the court may make provision by rule or order for the submission and determination of motions without oral hearing upon brief written statements of reasons in support and opposition.

 

Rule 79.   CONFIDENTIALITY OF

                 RECORDS.

        Unless otherwise provided by statute or rule, all requests for information contained in a confidential record shall be made in writing and shall include the reason for the request.

 

Rule 80.   REQUEST FOR TRANSCRIPT.

        (a)     Request for transcript.  In those cases where trials and hearings are closed by statute, a request for a transcript by someone other than the party or attorney of record shall be made in writing and shall include the reason for the request. Such requests require approval of the court. Upon the request of any person for a transcript of testimony or other court proceeding, the official reporter shall furnish such transcript in the regular order of cases tried or in such order as the court administrator directs. The official reporter shall not furnish a transcript of a confidential proceeding without the court’s written approval, unless otherwise authorized by law. No such transcript shall be provided unless and until transcript fees are prepaid or a deposit is requested and is made. The provisions of the Hawaiʻi Rules of Appellate Procedure relating to transcripts shall govern requests for transcripts for purposes of appeal. Each request for the transcript of a confidential proceeding shall be in writing and contain a reason for the request. If a request is accompanied by a deposit with the clerk, the deposit shall be further accompanied by directions to the clerk of the court to use it to pay for the reporter’s fees when the transcript is complete. A reporter need not commence preparation of the transcript until the required prepayment or deposit has been made.

        (b)     Request for an audio or video recording.  Upon the request of any person for an audio or video recording of the evidence or other court proceeding, the court clerk or other designated official court personnel shall furnish such audio or video recording in the regular order of cases tried or in such order as the court administrator directs. The court clerk or other designated official court personnel shall not furnish an audio or video recording of a confidential proceeding without the court’s written approval, unless otherwise authorized by law. No such audio or video recording shall be provided until appropriate fees are prepaid or a deposit is made. The provisions of the Hawaiʻi Rules of Appellate Procedure relating to transcripts shall govern requests for audio or video recordings for purposes of appeal. Each request for the audio or video recording of a confidential proceeding shall be in writing and contain a reason for the request. If a request is accompanied by a deposit with the clerk, the deposit shall be further accompanied by direction to the clerk of the court to use it to pay for the appropriate fees when the audio or video recording is complete. The court clerk or other designated official court personnel need not commence preparation of the audio or video recording until the required prepayment or deposit has been made.

        (c)     Stenographic report or transcript as evidence.  Whenever the testimony of a witness at a trial or hearing which was stenographically reported or electronically recorded is admissible in evidence at a later trial, it may be proved by the transcript thereof duly certified by the person who reported the testimony if reported stenographically, or by such person as provided by law or by rule if reported electronically.

 

 


XI. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

 

Rule 81.   APPLICABILITY.

        (a)     Generally.  Part A of these Rules, together with the designated supplements, shall apply to the following proceedings in any family court:

        (1)     Matrimonial actions under HRS chapter 580, supplemented by Part B of these Rules (Rules 90 to 101);

        (2)     Adoption proceedings under HRS chapter 578, supplemented by Part C of these Rules (Rules 102 to 120);

        (3)     Child Protective Act proceedings under HRS chapter 587A, except that the Hawaiʻi Electronic Filing and Service Rules shall not apply to Child Protective Act proceedings;

        (4)     Uniform Interstate Family Support Act proceedings under HRS chapter 576B;

        (5)     Uniform Parentage Act proceedings under HRS chapter 584;

        (6)     Termination of Parental Rights proceedings under HRS chapter 571, part VI;

        (7)     Involuntary hospitalization proceedings under HRS chapter 334;

        (8)     Guardianship of Person of Minors and Incapacitated Persons under HRS chapter 560, article V;

        (9)     Domestic Abuse Protective Order proceedings under HRS chapter 586;

        (10)   Gun Violence Protective Order proceedings under HRS chapter 134, part IV;

        (11)   Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act proceedings under HRS chapter 583A;

        (12)   Dependent Adult Protective Services proceedings under HRS chapter 346, part X;

        (13)   Name Changes under HRS chapter 574;

        (14)   Appeals from the Administrative Process for Child Support Enforcement under HRS section 576E-13;

        (15)   Assisted Community Treatment proceedings under HRS chapter 334 part VIII; and

        (16)   Any other civil cases over which the family court has jurisdiction.

        (b)     Juvenile cases.  Proceedings under HRS sections 571-11(1) and 571-11(2) shall be governed by Part D of these Rules (Rules 121 to 158).  The Hawaiʻi Electronic Filing and Service Rules shall not apply to juvenile cases.

        (c)     Criminal cases.  Cases for adults charged with the commission of a crime coming within the jurisdiction of the family courts shall be governed by the Hawaiʻi Rules of Penal Procedure.

        (d)     Reserved.

        (e)     Conflict.  To the extent that there is any conflict between these Rules and the Hawaiʻi Electronic Filing and Services Rules, the Hawaiʻi Electronic Filing and Service Rules shall prevail.  To the extent there is any conflict between these Rules and the Rules of the Circuit Courts, these Rules shall prevail.

        (f)     Appeals.  Rule 4 of the Hawaiʻi Rules of Appellate Procedure shall apply to appeals from a family court in proceedings listed in subdivision (a) of this Rule 81.

        (g)     Depositions and discovery.  Chapter V of Part A of these Rules, relating to depositions and discovery, shall apply to proceedings listed in subdivision (a) of this Rule 81 except that in any such proceedings:

        (1)     the court may by order direct that said Chapter V shall not be applicable to the proceeding if the court for good cause finds that the application thereof would not be feasible or would work an injustice; and

        (2)     if the proceedings be ex parte any deposition therein upon oral examination or upon written questions shall be pursuant to motion and order of court after entry of default pursuant to Rule 55 of these Rules, rather than pursuant to notice as set forth in subdivision (a) of Rule 30 or subdivision (a) of Rule 31 of these Rules, and in any such case the order of court shall, for all purposes relating to said Chapter V, take the place of said notice.

        (h)     Reserved.

        (i)      Applicability in general.  These Rules shall apply to all actions and proceedings of a civil nature in any family court and to all appeals to the appellate courts in all actions and proceedings of a civil nature in any family court; and for that purpose every action or proceeding of a civil nature in the family court shall be a “civil action” within the meaning of Rule 2 of these Rules.

        (j)     Reserved.

        (Amended March 30, 2022, effective April 25, 2022.)

 


Rule 81.1. RESERVED.

 

Rule 82.   JURISDICTION AND VENUE

                 UNAFFECTED.

        These Rules shall not be construed to extend or limit the jurisdiction of the family courts or the venue of actions therein.

 

Rule 83.   RULES.

        The board of family court judges may recommend, for adoption by the supreme court, from time to time, Rules of court governing practices and procedure in the family courts and amendments of Rules. Copies of Rules and amendments, when promulgated by the supreme court, shall be made available to each attorney licensed to practice law in the State. In all cases not provided for by rule, the family courts may regulate their practice in any manner not inconsistent with these Rules.

 

Rule 84.   FORMS.

        Judges of the family courts may prescribe forms from time to time consistent with these Rules and law.

 

Rule 85.   TITLE.

        These Rules shall be known and cited as the Hawaiʻi Family Court Rules (HFCR).

 

Rule 86.   WITHDRAWAL OF DOCUMENTS

                 AND EXHIBITS.

        For pleadings and documents in paper records, the clerk shall not permit any pleading or document to be taken from the clerk’s custody except as otherwise provided in these Rules, or as ordered by the court. Exhibits may be withdrawn on the oral or written approval of a judge.  Unless otherwise ordered by the court, the parties shall withdraw all exhibits not attached to the pleadings, and depositions within 1 year after final judgment. If not so withdrawn, they shall be deemed abandoned and may be disposed of by the clerk.

        (Amended March 30, 2022, effective April 25, 2022.)

 

Rule 87.   ATTORNEYS.

        (a)     Withdrawal of counsel unnecessary.  After entry of a judgment, order, or decree finally determining all pending issues and after the expiration of the time for taking an appeal which lies from such judgment, order, or decree, an attorney for a party shall no longer be considered attorney of record.  In order for the attorney to be removed as attorney of record in JEFS, a notice of withdrawal which contains a certification by the attorney that all requirements of this subsection (a) have been met shall be filed.  The failure to file such a notice does not constitute an agreement by an attorney to remain attorney of record for a party.  If any issue is specifically reserved in any judgment, order, or decree for future determination and a hearing on that issue is scheduled, the attorneys of record for the parties shall continue to be attorneys of record for the service of pleadings relating to those reserved issues, but for no other purpose, until such time as the reserved issues are resolved and until after the expiration of the time for taking an appeal which lies from the judgment, order, or decree resulting from the resolution of such reserved issues, unless the withdrawal is expressly approved and allowed by the court.

        (b)     Court approval of withdrawal necessary.  Whenever a party is represented by an attorney at any stage of a proceeding, such attorney may not withdraw as counsel of record without the approval of the court.

        (1)     Withdrawal and substitution of counsel.  Such approval may be obtained, without hearing, where there is a withdrawal and substitution of counsel in writing, approved by the party. After a withdrawal and substitution of counsel is approved and filed by the court, the withdrawing attorney shall immediately mail a copy to the opposing party at the opposing party’s last known address if the opposing party is not represented by an attorney and is not a JEFS User.


        (2)     Motion to withdraw as counsel.

        (A)    Such approval may be obtained after a hearing on a motion to withdraw as counsel, where the motion and notice of the date and time of hearing have been personally served on the client in the same manner as stated in Rule 4 of these Rules.  The attorney seeking to withdraw shall submit a proof of personal service prior to the hearing.  The motion and notice of the date and time of hearing shall also be served on the opposing party or the opposing party’s attorney, if any, and the attorney seeking to withdraw shall submit a certificate of conventional service if the opposing party is not represented by an attorney and is not a JEFS User. A hearing and notification of opposing counsel or party, however, shall not be required for withdrawal from representations provided under Rule 11.1 of these Rules.

        (B)    Where personal service of the motion to withdraw as counsel cannot be effected on the client, the motion and notice of the date and time of hearing shall be mailed to the last known address of the client and the attorney seeking to withdraw shall submit a certificate of service prior to the hearing.

        (C)    After a motion to withdraw as counsel is granted and the order permitting withdrawal of counsel is filed, the withdrawing attorney shall immediately mail a copy of the order to the client at the client’s last known address and to the opposing party at the opposing party’s last known address if the opposing party is not represented by an attorney and is not a registered JEFS User. This notice requirement however, shall not apply to withdrawals from representations provided under Rule 11.1 of these Rules.

        (Amended August 4, 2020, effective January 1, 2021; further amended March 30, 2022, effective April 25, 2022.)

 

Rule 88.   RESERVED.

 

Rule 89.   EXPEDITION OF COURT

                 BUSINESS: SANCTIONS.

        (a)     Required notice.  Attorneys shall advise the court promptly if a case is settled. An attorney who fails to give the court such prompt advice may be subject to such sanction as the court deems appropriate.


        (b)     Submission of documents, adherence to court policy.  An attorney who, without good cause, fails to submit documents in a timely manner in accordance with these Rules, or who fails to adhere to these Rules or applicable statutes, may be subject to such sanction as the court deems appropriate.

        (c)     Effect of failure to appear or tardiness.  An attorney who, without good cause, fails to appear or is tardy when the attorney’s case is before the court on call, motion, pre-trial or trial or who unjustifiably fails to prepare for a presentation to the court necessitating a continuance, may be subject to such sanction as the court deems appropriate.

 

 

PART B. Matrimonial or Civil Union Actions

 

I. COMMENCEMENT OF ACTION: PLEADINGS

 

Rule 90.   MATRIMONIAL OR CIVIL

                 UNION ACTIONS; DOCUMENTS.

        (a)     Definition.  A matrimonial or civil union action shall be an action for annulment, divorce, separation or separate maintenance.

        (b)     Documents required.  At the time of filing, the complaint or cross-complaint shall be accompanied by such other documents as may be required by the court.

 

Rule 91.   RESERVED.

 

Rule 92.   RESERVED.

 

 

II. TRIALS

 

Rule 93.   RESERVED.

 

Rule 94.   SETTING CONTESTED

                 MATTERS FOR TRIAL.

        (a)     Motion to set.  Upon the filing of an answer or upon the personal appearance of an adverse party or an adverse party’s attorney, either party may at any time file a motion to set the case for trial. Such a motion shall be filed no later than 9 months after a complaint has been filed or within any further period of extension granted by the court upon motion or stipulation of the parties.


        Such a motion shall contain the following information:

        (1)     the movant’s declaration that a bona-fide attempt to settle the issues in said case has been made, that mediation has been attempted or is inappropriate for reasons specified in said motion, and that these efforts have been unsuccessful;

        (2)     and that all necessary or proper preliminary proceedings, including all discovery allowed by statute or rule and desired by movant have been completed by the movant, or that there is sufficient time to complete the same before trial, that the other party has had a reasonable opportunity to complete all preliminary proceedings including discovery, and that the case is otherwise ready for trial.

        Such a motion shall attach the following information:

        (1)     the movant’s current income and expense and asset and debt statements,

        (2)     a written statement containing a statement of facts, a description of the movant’s position on all of the issues, and the factual and legal bases of the movant’s positions; and

        (3)     such other documents as may be required by the court.

        (b)     Response to Motion to Set.  Respondent shall file and serve a response to the Motion to Set no later than 30 days after receipt of the Motion to Set or if the Motion to Set conference is scheduled within 30 days of service, then a response to the Motion to Set shall be filed no later than 14 days after receipt of the Motion to Set. The response shall include the same information and attachments as the Motion to Set itself.

        (c)     Motion to Set conference.  Upon the filing of the Motion to Set, the court shall schedule a conference to determine whether to set the case for trial and the pretrial deadlines associated with any trial setting. The conference shall be attended by each party and their counsel, if any. The court shall:

        (1)     Assign a trial date, if appropriate;

        (2)     Continue the conference to a future date, if appropriate; and

        (3)     Discuss and require alternative dispute resolution options, if appropriate.

        At the conference the court may also set deadlines for the completion of discovery, the submission of exhibits, exhibit lists, and witness lists, and may schedule a pre-trial conference, settlement conferences, and calendar calls to consider all matters as may aid in the disposition of the action.

        (d)     Third party practice.  If a third party is joined in the action after the filing and service of the Motion to Set, the court shall set appropriate deadlines for the filing and service of position statements by all the parties, including the third party. All parties asserting affirmative claims against the third party shall file and serve (in accordance with Rule 5 of these Rules) a position statement against the additional party in accordance with the deadline set by the court. The position statement shall set forth the same kind of information as required by subsection (a) of this Rule. The third party shall file and serve (in accordance with Rule 5 of these Rules) a responsive position statement that sets forth the same kind of information required by subsection (b) of this Rule within the time period set by the court.

        (e)     Deviation in time for filing.  Deviations from the time requirements for the filing of any document under this Rule shall be allowed only by order of the court upon good cause shown.

        (f)     Sanctions; non-appearance; failure to comply.  If a party (whether represented by an attorney or not), or an attorney fails to appear at any conference set by the court, or unjustifiably fails to comply with any requirements enunciated in this Rule, sanctions may be imposed pursuant to Rules 37(b) and 89 of these Rules.