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Most Traffic, Criminal, and Civil Cases Postponed Until After April 30

Posted on Mar 19, 2020 in News & Reports, Press Releases


HONOLULU – The Hawaii State Judiciary wants to emphasize that the vast majority of District Court cases on Oahu have been postponed until after April 30. Individuals with the following cases should not report to court:

  • Traffic cases for non-custody defendants
  • Misdemeanor, petty misdemeanor, and criminal violation cases for defendants who are not in custody (e.g. jail, police department)
  • Small claims cases
  • Regular claims cases, including landlord-tenant cases
  • Community Outreach Court cases

“Earlier this week, First Circuit Chief Judge R. Mark Browning issued an emergency order granting postponements of these cases to reduce the number of people going to court during this public health crisis,” said Deputy Chief Judge Melanie May. “We appreciate people taking their court appearances seriously, but want to reiterate that most cases have been postponed. They will get letters informing them of their new court dates.

“We support social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community and ask for everyone’s cooperation by doing so as well.”

During this public health crisis, the only District Court cases that will proceed as scheduled are:

  • Temporary Restraining Order cases
  • Misdemeanor, petty misdemeanor, and criminal violation cases for defendants currently in the custody of the Honolulu Police Department, the Department of Public Safety, and/or the Hawaii State Hospital (referred to as “custody defendants”)
  • Traffic cases for custody defendants
  • Felony cases
  • Driving While Impaired (DWI) court cases

Anyone with questions about their District Court cases may call the appropriate court:

Honolulu District Court: (808) 538-5629
First Circuit Civil District Court: (808) 538-5767
Kaneohe District Court (criminal): (808) 534-6300
Ewa-Pearl City District Court: (808) 534-6900
Wahiawa District Court: (808) 534-6200
Waianae District Court: (808) 954-8575

For the latest information, visit the Judiciary’s COVID-19 Information page.


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

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