Courts in Hawaii
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In Hawaii, District Courts and Circuit Courts comprise the state's trial court division. Hawaii's Circuit Courts handle some criminal cases, probate and guardianship matters, and civil cases valued at more than $25,000. District Courts have jurisdiction over traffic, landlord-tenant, small claims, and county ordinance cases. Hawaii's Family Courts handle matters including delinquency, adoption, divorce, child support, domestic violence, and paternity. Hawaii's Land and Tax Appeal Court exclusively hears cases related to applications for the registration of title to land easements or land rights. Hawaii's appellate courts include the Intermediate Court of Appeals and the Hawaii Supreme Court.

If you're seeking Hawaii court records, you can use the state's eCourt Kokua system ( to view information about appellate and Supreme Court cases, as well as traffic cases in the District Court. Hawaii court's other online database is Ho'ohiki (, which provides information regarding Circuit and Family Court cases, and some civil District court cases. Note that these databases aren't guaranteed to be complete or up-to-date. Although you can view case information and a list of documents in a case, to obtain copies of the actual Hawaii court documents, you'll need to contact the court that handled the matter in question.
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23, Nov 2014 - High court upholds Hawaii migrant health care cuts
Hawaii could begin cutting some state-funded medical services for Micronesian migrants now that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a ruling allowing the state to reduce health care coverage of noncitizens.
23, Nov 2014 - Shark expert will keep state job after jail
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22, Nov 2014 - U.S. citizen pleads guilty in child exploitation case
A U.S. citizen residing in Thailand pleaded guilty on Friday to one count of sexually exploiting a minor before U.S. Magistrate Judge Richard L. Puglisi of the District of Hawaii.
22, Nov 2014 - Justices turn back appeal of Hawaii compact case
The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to accept an appeal related to Hawaii's policy to provide reduced medical benefits to regional immigrants from the compact states.
22, Nov 2014 - Hawaii Coast Guardsman convicted of lewd act on a minor
A Coast Guardsman was convicted of committing a lewd act on a minor and other violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice during a general court-martial in U.S. District Court Thursday. Petty Officer 1st Class Shane E. Reese was found guilty of Article 120b of the Uniform Code of Military Justice for committing a lewd act on a minor on the Island of Oahu between January and May 2013 ...
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The Third Circuit (Hawaii county) launched its Veterans Treatment Court with an opening ceremony held in the courtroom of Chief Judge Ronald…
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22, Nov 2014 - Senate committee endorses Masunaga for judge
The state Senate Judiciary Committee gave its unanimous approval Wednesday to the confirmation of Margaret Masunaga as a district judge in Kona, despite a negative rating by the Hawaii State Bar Association.
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21, Nov 2014 - Honolulu, HI Environmental groups sue to stop US rule they say leads to bigeye tuna overfishing in Pacific
HONOLULU, Hawaii - Environmental groups are suing the National Marine Fisheries Service to challenge a new rule for fishing bigeye tuna, a popular species for sushi and fish steaks. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Honolulu on Thursday says the regulation undermines international efforts ...
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A defense attorney may have to pay sanctions for a binder containing sensitive prison gang documents that was found in a downtown Honolulu eatery.
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