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 (http://www.courts.state.hi.us/legal_references/records/jims_system_availability.html) 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 (http://www.courts.state.hi.us/legal_references/records/hoohiki_disclaimer.html), 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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HONOLULU, Hawaii - A federal judge says a former soldier suing Burger King for swallowing needles in a sandwich should pay attorneys' fees and costs to the defendants for not showing up at a settlement ...
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An army of public officials rushed to the defense of Margaret Masunaga, a Hawaii County deputy corporation counsel, after the Hawaii State Bar Association deemed her unqualified to be a district judge.
31, Oct 2014 - Hawaii State bar questions judicial nomination
Public officials are defending a Hawaii County lawyer after the Hawaii State Bar Association deemed her unqualified to be a district judge.
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31, Oct 2014 - Judge may issue warrant for Hawaii man charged in Tredyffrin harassment
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31, Oct 2014 - Travel Agent Pleads Guilty to $360,000 Willard Band Scam
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31, Oct 2014 - Honolulu, HI Ninth Circuit Vacates Lower Court Decision in Hawai’i Marriage Equality Case
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30, Oct 2014 - Kauai, HI 10 years for man who broke into vacation rental
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - A 22-year-old man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after violating terms of his probation for a 2012 burglary of a Kauai vacation rental. Noel Kinney pleaded no contest to breaking into the Hanalei vacation rental, saying he needed money to buy ...
29, Oct 2014 - Hawaii, HI Ex-guard, inmate convicted in gang trial
HONOLULU (AP) Jurors have convicted a former guard and an inmate of charges related to their roles in a Hawaii prison gang. The jury reached its verdict Friday in a trial that has provided an inside look at the operations of the "USO Family" prison gang.
29, Oct 2014 - Honolulu, HI $1.5 million settlement proposed in 2011 fireworks blast at Oahu storage bunker that killed 5
HONOLULU, Hawaii - A company sued by the families of five workers killed when seized fireworks exploded in an Oahu storage bunker in 2011 has proposed a $1.5 million settlement.
28, Oct 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.
28, Oct 2014 - Federal judge to hear arguments in Big Island GMO lawsuit
HONOLULU — A federal magistrate judge will be hearing arguments a lawsuit seeking to invalidate Hawaii County’s law restricting the use of genetically modified crops.
28, Oct 2014 - Voters to decide on mandatory retirement age for judges
Judges in Hawaii, including justices of the state Supreme Court, are forced to retire when they reach the age of 70.  But how old is too old?
28, Oct 2014 - Honolulu, HI Lawyer urges judge to invalidate Big Isle GMO law
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