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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.

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Disclaimer:
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.

Order Rescinding Statewide Court Administrative Orders and Memoranda
[filed June 9, 2010; effective June 9, 2010]

Order Amending the Hawaii Rules of Professional Conduct
[filed June 25, 2013; effective January 2, 2014] 

ATTENTION: DELAY IN THE INTEGRATION OF POST-JULY 1, 2019 RULE AMENDMENTS INTO COURT RULES

Due to unusual volume, Rule amendments promulgated and effective for any time after July 1, 2019 will not be incorporated into the relevant body of court rules provided on this website by January 1, 2020. Users seeking the language of a current Rule are therefore advised to review the Orders of Amendment posted below to determine if the Rule they seek has been amended after July 1, 2019 and, if so, to view the relevant Order of Amendment to determine the language of the Rule currently in effect.

Last Updated: January 15, 2020
Title Effective Date Orders of Amendment Proposed Amendments

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

Order Extending the Non-Consensual Video Conference Pilot Project in the Courts of the Third Circuit
[filed 02/08/2010; eff. nunc pro tunc 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2012]

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

01/01/2018

   

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

(fka Temporary Rules for Implementation of the Conversion Proceeding)

06/28/2012    

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

07/01/2017

Rule 72 [am. 07/03/2019; eff. 01/01/2020]

Rule 11 & Adopt Rule 11.1 [am. 09/17/2019; eff. 09/17/2019]

Second Amended Rules 1, 3.1, 5, 10, 11, 30, 72, 77 & Adopt Rule 1.1 [am. 10/31/2019; eff. nunc pro tunc 10/28/2019]

 

 

Rules of the Circuit Courts
[htm] [pdf]

07/01/2015

Rules 1.1, 2, 3, 5, 7.2, 10, 16, 21, 23, 32 [am. 10/04/2019; eff. 10/28/2019]

 

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

07/01/2011

 

 

Hawai‘i Probate Rules
[htm] [pdf]

07/01/2017

Rules 1, 4, 48, 50, 81, 103 [am. 09/26/2019; eff. 10/28/2019] Rule 107 and Commentary. Submit comment via online form. Comment deadline is 04/03/2020.

Rules of the Land Court
[htm] [pdf]

01/01/2017

Various Rules and Adopt Rules 1.1 & 1.2 [am. 11/06/2019; eff. 11/17/2019]  

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

01/01/2015

Amended Order Rule 72 [am. 07/09/2019; eff. 01/01/2020]

Rule 11 & Adopt Rule 11.1 [am. 09/17/2019; eff. 09/17/2019]

 

Rules 11.1(b) and 87(b). Submit comment via online form. Comment deadline is 04/03/2020.

Rules of the District Courts
[htm] [pdf]

Order Extending Pilot Project for Submitting Written Criminal Complaints By Electronic Mail in the District Courts of the First, Third, and Fifth Circuits of the State of Hawai‘ i [filed 04/26/2010]

01/23/2018

Rule 10.1 [am. 08/21/2019; eff. 08/21/2019] Proposed Amendments to Forms #DC05 and #DC06,  Submit comment via online form.  Comment deadline is 03/03/2020.

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

07/01/2009

   

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

01/23/2018

Rule 72 [am. 07/03/2019; eff. 01/01/2020]

Rule 11 and Adopt Rule 11.1 [am. 09/17/2019; eff. 09/17/2019]

 

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

07/01/2012

  Proposed Amendments to Rule 3(b) and Forms #DC48 and #DC54.  Submit comment via online form.  Comment deadline is 03/03/2020.

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

Amended Order Staying Enforcement of Rule 9, Hawaii Court Records Rules for Certain Case Types [filed 10/19/2010; eff. 10/19/2010 until 01/01/2012] [ADA]

Order Continuing and Expanding the Stay of Enforcement of Rules 6 and 9 [filed 06/21/2012; eff until 09/01/2012]

09/01/2012 Rule 10.4 [am. 09/26/2019; eff. 09/26/2019]  

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 [am. 05/04/2012]

Order Staying Enforcement of Rule 12 [filed 08/08/2012; eff. until 08/13/2012]

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

05/10/2019

 

 

 

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

 

07/01/2019

Rules 4, 4.1 & 40.1 [am. 07/03/2019; eff. 01/01/2020]

 

 

 

Rules Expediting Child Protective Appeals [htm] [pdf]

01/01/2012    

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

(fka Hawai‘i Appellate Conference Program Rules) 

01/01/2015

   

Rules of the Supreme Court [htm] [pdf]

Order Approving Referral Agencies [filed 04/11/2006, eff. 04/11/2006] [pdf]

Order Exempting Traffic and Administrative Driver’s License Revocation Office Cases from the Requirements of the Hawai‘i Electronic Filing and Service Rules [filed 08/31/2010]

07/01/2019

Rule 2.3 [am. 07/09/2019; eff. 01/01/2020]

Rule 1.10 [am. 07/15/2019; eff. 01/01/2020]

Rule 6 [am. 10/14/2019; eff. 01/01/2020]

Rule 2.20(d) [am. 11/14/2019; eff. 01/01/2020]

Rule 1.17 [am. 11/14/2019; eff. 01/01/2020]

Rule 2.16(b) [am. 11/21/2019; eff. 01/01/2020]

 

Rule 2.13(b). Submit comment via online form. Comment deadline is 02/21/2020.

New Version of Rules 5.1, 5.2, and 5.3. Submit comment via online form. Comment deadline is 04/03/2020.

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

07/01/2012

   

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

07/01/2019

Rule 8.4 [am. 09/26/2019; eff. 09/26/2019]

 

 

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

01/01/2018

   

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

10/26/2018

   

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

07/01/2017

   

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

07/01/2017

   

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

01/01/2018

   

Rules Governing Trust Accounting [htm] [pdf]

01/01/2014

   

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

07/01/2008

   

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

12/10/2013

Rules 1, 2, 8, 13, 16, 17, 31, 34 & 40; Repeal Rule 29;  Adopt Rule 1 [am. 11/06/2019; eff. 11/07/2019]

 

Rules Governing Court Reporting [htm] [pdf]

01/01/2016

   

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

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

 

01/01/2020

 

 

Judicial Selection Commission Rules [htm] [pdf]

01/24/2014

   

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