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Hawai’i Rules of Court

These court rules are posted for the Hawai‘i Supreme Court by the Supreme Court Law Library. Orders of Amendment, as filed by the Court, are posted on the Internet after they are received by the Library.  An archive of the Orders of Amendment is available electronically from 2005.

Proposed rules amendments and on-line comment form, as spotlighted on the Judiciary home page, are also linked here for your consideration.

Forms appended to the rules are available on the Judiciary’s web site.

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This is an official electronic publication of the Hawai‘i Rules of Court.  The Hawai‘i Judiciary makes every effort to ensure that electronically published information is accurate and current but presents this information without warranties, express or implied, regarding the information’s accuracy, timeliness, or completeness and shall not be held liable for any loss or damage whatsoever resulting from any use made of the electronic Hawai‘i Rules of Court.

Discrepancies between the electronic and print versions of the Hawai‘i Rules of Court may be resolved by viewing the supreme court’s orders adopting or amending the rules at the Office of the Clerk, 417 S. King. St., Honolulu, HI, 96813.


Due to challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, Rule amendments promulgated and effective for any time after January 1, 2020, will not necessarily be incorporated into the relevant body of court rules provided on this website until such time as this notice is removed. Users seeking the language of a current Rule are therefore advised to review the Orders of Amendment posted below in the column entitled ORDERS OF AMENDMENT to determine if the Rule they seek has been amended after January 1, 2020 and, if so, to view the relevant Order of Amendment to determine the language of the Rule currently in effect.

Last Updated: September 16, 2020
Title Effective Date Orders of Amendment Proposed Amendments

Hawai‘i Rules of Penal Procedure [htm] [pdf]

Order Regarding District Court of the Second Circuit’s Use of Form [filed 12/11/2017]

Order Temporarily Suspending in Part Rule 6(a) [filed 06/05/2020]

Order Regarding Temporary Extension of Time Requirements Under Rule 10(a), (b), (c) [filed 08/18/2020] Concur & Dissent [filed 08/20/2020]

Order Regarding Temporary Extension of Time Under Rule 5(c)(3) [filed 08/27/2020]


Forms C and D [am. 08/25/2020; eff. 08/25/2020]






Rules for Conversion of Non-Judicial Foreclosure Proceedings [htm] [pdf]

(fka Temporary Rules for Implementation of the Conversion Proceeding)


Hawai‘i Rules of Civil Procedure [htm] [pdf]





Rules of the Circuit Courts [htm] [pdf]




Exhibit A: Hawai‘i Arbitration Rules [htm] [pdf]




Hawai‘i Probate Rules [htm] [pdf]




Rules of the Land Court [htm] [pdf]




Hawai‘i Family Court Rules [htm] [pdf]


Rule 11.1 and 87 [am. 08/04/2020; eff. 01/01/2021]



Rules of the District Courts [htm] [pdf]



Hawai‘i Civil Traffic Rules [htm] [pdf]



District Court Rules of Civil Procedure [htm] [pdf]




Various Forms [am. 04/29/2020; eff. 04/29/2020]



Rules of the Small Claims Division of the District Courts [htm] [pdf]



Hawai‘i Court Records Rules [htm] [pdf]


Hawai‘i Electronic Filing and Service Rules [htm] [pdf]

Order Exempting Civil Traffic and Administrative Driver’s License Revocation Office Cases from the Requirements of the Hawaii Electronic Filing and Service Rules [filed 05/04/2012]

Order Staying the Enforcement of Rule 6.2(b)(1) in Civil Litigation in District and Circuit Court of All Circuits [filed 11/26/2019]



Rule 6.2 [am. 07/15/2020; eff. 01/01/2021]


Hawai‘i Rules of Appellate Procedure
[htm] [pdf]



Rule 24 and Form 4 [am. 8/4/2020; eff. 8/4/2020]  

Rules Expediting Child Protective Appeals [htm] [pdf]


Hawai‘i Appellate Mediation Program Rules [htm] [pdf]

(fka Hawai‘i Appellate Conference Program Rules) 



Rules of the Supreme Court [htm] [pdf]



Rule 2.20(c)(1) [am. 02/03/2020; eff. 07/01/2020]

Rule 2.13 [am. 03/11/2020; eff. 07/01/2020]

Rule 10.4 [am. 05/12/2020, eff. 07/01/2020]

Rule 5.1, 5.2, 5.3 [am. 05/15/2020, eff. 07/01/2020]

Rule 2.6 [am. 06/05/2020, eff. 07/01/2020]

Rule 1.17(d) and 2.16(b) [am. 06/05/2020, eff. 07/01/2020]

Rule 2.14.  Submit comment via online form.  Comment deadline is 10/16/2020.

Rule 2.20.  Submit comment via online form.  Comment deadline is 10/16/2020.

Rule 22.  Submit comment via online form.  Comment deadline is 09/25/2020.

New Rule 23.  Submit comment via online form.  Comment deadline is 11/9/2020.




Hawai‘i Board of Bar Examiners Rules of Procedure [htm] [pdf]



Exhibit A: Hawai‘i Rules of Professional Conduct [htm] [pdf]


Rule 1.3 [am. 8/5/2020, eff. 1/1/2021]  


Rule 8.4.  Submit comment via online form.  Comment deadline is 09/25/2020.


Exhibit A-1: Guidelines of Professional Courtesy and Civility for Hawai‘i Lawyers [htm] [pdf]



Exhibit A-2: Rules of the Disciplinary Board of the Hawai‘i Supreme Court [htm] [pdf]


Rule 13(c) [am. 04/01/2020; eff. 04/01/2020]  

Exhibit B: Hawai‘i Revised Code of Judicial Conduct [htm] [pdf]



Exhibit B-1: Principles of Professionalism for Hawai‘i Judges [htm] [pdf]



Rules & Regulations Concerning the Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection of the Supreme Court of Hawai‘i [htm] [pdf]



Rules Governing Trust Accounting [htm] [pdf]



Rules of the Intermediate Court of Appeals [htm] [pdf]



Rules of the Tax Appeal Court [htm] [pdf]




Rules Governing Court Reporting [htm] [pdf]



Hawai‘i Rules for Certification of Spoken-Language Interpreters [htm] [pdf]

(fka Hawai‘i Rules for Certification of Spoken and Sign Language Interpreters)





Judicial Selection Commission Rules [htm] [pdf]



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