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Supreme Court Summarizes Noteworthy Amendments to Hawaii Rules of Professional Conduct

The Hawaii Supreme Court has amended the Hawai`i Rules of Professional Conduct. In an effort to present the changes in a more readable format, the Hawaii Supreme Court is providing a summary of the most noteworthy amendments.

Attorneys should review the Hawai`i Rules of Professional Conduct for all of the changes. The amendments will take effect on January 1, 2014.

Rules For Attorneys

Attorneys play key roles in helping individuals seek justice through the courts. In order to maintain high standards of professionalism, the Judiciary provides rules for those who practice law in Hawai`i

Admission to Practice

Rule 1 of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Hawai`i and Hawai`i Board of Bar Examiners Rules of Procedure govern admission to practice law in Hawai`i. The Bar Application and Instructions are available online.

Professional Conduct

Minimum conduct standards are set out in the Hawai`i Rules of Professional Conduct.

Disciplinary Procedures

Rule 2 of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Hawai`i governs attorney disciplinary procedures in Hawai`i.

Complaints about attorneys may be directed to several organizations.

Find an Attorney

If you are looking for an attorney, you have several options depending on your case. We also provide a directory for bilingual attorneys.


Successful Bar Applicants

View the list of persons who passed the July 2015 Hawai`i State Bar Examination.

Bar Application Information Page

Download  Forms and Instructions in Adobe PDF format.

Hawai`i State Bar Association

Get information about the legal profession in Hawai`i at the Hawai`i State Bar Association Web site.

Research Tools

Our Legal References section is a helpful resource for legal research, providing links to Opinions, Rules and law-related websites.

Appellate Tips Video Series

A special video series, spearheaded by the Hawai`i Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, titled "Tips from the Bench and Bar" is available for review on this website. The series features Hawai`i Supreme Court justices, Intermediate Court of Appeals judges, and practitioners who frequently practice in Hawai`i appellate courts. They are interviewed on practical matters of how to handle an appeal in Hawai`i. 

Membership Status

Check the Hawaii State Bar Association membership directory to confirm the status of an attorney.