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Third Circuit (Hawaiʻi island) Online Document Drop-off


Document Drop-off is an online service for those with Third Circuit court cases on Hawaiʻi island only as a convenient alternative to submit documents to the court.

Document Drop-off makes it possible to submit an electronic copy of a document to the reviewing Third Circuit court. The submitted document does not automatically become a part of the official court record upon submission. The use of the online Document Drop-off service is strictly voluntary.

This service is available in civil and adult criminal court cases in the Third Circuit (County of Hawaiʻi) only.

For First (Oʻahu), Second (Maui County), or Fifth (Kauaʻi) circuits, look for JEFS HELP on the Efiling page.

How to Use the Document Drop-off Service

To use this free service, a user must register for a JEFS account, have an email address, and be able to submit a document in PDF format.

The following JEFS account holders may use this service:

    • Any member of the public who has court business and is not an attorney.
    • Self-Represented Litigants (SRL). Any person who is a party to a case and who does not have an attorney. The SRL may not use Document Drop-off for case documents if they are already electronically filing documents for their case. The SRL may use Document Drop-off for any documents which are not required to be filed in their case, such as documents for other court business.
    • Attorneys and their staff who are not required to electronically file in JEFS (Judiciary Electronic Filing System).
  • Register/Login to JEFS
  • User Guide
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

NOTE: This is a digital delivery service only and not an official filing for court records. While Document Drop-off uses the Judiciary Electronic Filing (JEFS) online platform, it does not replace official filing. All JEFS account holders such as attorneys, firm staff, and self-represented litigants are still required to follow the Hawaiʻi Electronic Filing and Service Rules for electronic filing in traffic, criminal, and civil cases.

The documents submitted through Document Drop-off are not available online unless the document is electronically filed to the court case record by the Third Circuit court staff. Documents officially filed into the court case record will be reflected in the case record online (see eCourt Kokua). Users should check that the case record has been appropriately updated online, and allow time for the Court to do so.

As of Monday, October 31, 2022, Document Drop-off was disabled for the First Circuit (City and County of Honolulu).
As of Monday, April 25, 2022, Document Drop-off was disabled for the Second (County of Maui) and Fifth (County of Kaua`i) Judicial Circuits.

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System Availability:

Monday to Saturday – 4:30 a.m. to midnight, Hawaiʻi Standard Time (HST)
Sunday – noon to midnight, Hawaiʻi Standard Time (HST)