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Chief Justice Issues Order Limiting In-Court Proceedings

Posted on Mar 16, 2020 in News & Reports, Press Releases

HONOLULU – Hawaii Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald today issued an order that beginning Tuesday, March 17, and continuing through April 30, with the exception of emergency and time-sensitive matters, in-person appearances for civil, family, and to the extent possible, criminal matters will be limited.

“These significant limitations on our operations are necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Chief Justice Recktenwald. “Our foremost concern is to protect all individuals who come in contact with the court for any reason.”

The Order significantly reduces the need for in-court appearances and postpones most court proceedings, including all trials. The full Order can be found here.

“Additionally, we have now added a COVID-19 Information Page on the Judiciary’s website,” said Chief Justice Recktenwald. “We also strongly encourage everyone to get general COVID-19 information from other reliable sources, such as the Department of Health and CDC.”

For more information, contact the Communications and Community Relations Office at 808-539-4909 or via email at

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