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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27, Mar 2015 - Hawaii, HI Man admits killing wife, dumping body in desert
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26, Mar 2015 - CBS Sued Over 'Hawaii Five-O' Theme by Composer's Family
A lawsuit by Morton Stevens' children alleges that CBS wrongfully filed a renewal registration after he died and that the new show infringes their rights.
26, Mar 2015 - Hilo, HI Hawaii hospital may be required to hire convicted felon
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An Ocean View man who has become the poster child for the debate over the harvest of aquarium fish pleaded no contest Tuesday to tearing the regulator from the mouth of Maui reef activist Rene Umberger in West Hawaii waters last May.
26, Mar 2015 - Hilo, HI Kona man gets 15 years for escapes
A 33-year-old Kona man was sentenced Monday to 15 additional years in prison for two escapes, including 10 years for a violent jailbreak more than two years ago at Hawaii Community Correctional Center in Hilo.
26, Mar 2015 - Hawaii, HI Breaking the cycle of incarcerated families in Hawaii
It's about breaking the cycle of incarceration.  An estimated 2.7 million children nationwide have at least one parent in prison.  In Hawaii, there's a new push to keep those keiki out of prison and lift their pain into the light. Click here to watch Lara Yamada's report.  "I always say that Christian gave me a second chance at life," said parolee Yvette Hamalian. Hamalian is a mother of three ...
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Alexander Nebre, a fugitive on Hawaii's most wanted list, was arrested Tuesday afternoon in Las Vegas by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force. The Honolulu Police Department issued three contempt warrants for Nebre, 48,  charging him with failure to appear for trial call on Jan. 15.  The underlying charge allegedly stems from eight counts of theft in the second degree. On three separate ...
26, Mar 2015 - CBS is sued over use of 'Hawaii Five-O' theme
CBS Corp has been accused of copyright violations over its use of the "Hawaii Five-O" theme, one of the most recognizable TV show themes, in a lawsuit brought by the composer's children. In a complaint filed on Thursday, Lisa Stevens Brown and Mark Stevens said CBS has without permission incorporated their father Morton Stevens' up-tempo music in more than 100 episodes of the current version of ...
26, Mar 2015 - Hilo, HI Robbery suspects appear in court
Trial has been set for a 43-year-old Keaau woman accused in the gunpoint robbery of a 50-year-old man last month in a parking lot at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.
26, Mar 2015 - Honolulu, HI UH Manoa campus rape trial underway
The trial of a former University of Hawaii Manoa freshman accused of raping another student on campus began in Circuit Court Thursday.
25, Mar 2015 - Honolulu, HI Victims of crime want rights stated in Hawaii constitution
Some Hawaii crime victims are telling lawmakers they want their rights to be protected under the state constitution.
25, Mar 2015 - Honolulu, HI Retired Hawaii Supreme Court justice endows UH scholarship
A retired state Supreme Court justice and his wife have endowed a new scholarship at the University of Hawaii's law school.
25, Mar 2015 - Honolulu, HI Consecutive life prison terms overturned in road shooting
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25, Mar 2015 - Honolulu, HI Feds close review of Hawaii court system's language access
The U.S. Department of Justice says Hawaii's court system has improved the way it serves people with limited English skills.
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