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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.

Last Updated: July 1, 2024
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 03/18/2021]

Order Further Extending June 5, 2020 Order Temporarily Suspending in Part Hawai‘i Rules of Penal Procedure Rule 6(a) (Circuit Court of the First Circuit), filed 12/20/2022





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]

01/01/2024, nunc pro tunc


Rules of the Land Court [htm] [pdf]




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





Rules of the District Courts [htm] [pdf]

Order Regarding District Court of the Second Circuit’s Use of Form [filed 03/18/2021]

Order Adopting Temporary Use of Form [filed 07/06/2021]



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



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



Form DC51 [am. 05/20/2024; eff. 07/01/2024]




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]





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



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]





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




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




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]




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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