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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02, Dec 2014 - Honolulu, HI Federal judge rules against Big Island GMO law
HONOLULU (AP) - A Hawaii County law restricting genetically engineered crops is invalid, a federal judge said in an order issued Wednesday. U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren's decision is similar to his earlier ruling invalidating Kauai County's law on pesticides and genetically modified crops. He's the same magistrate ...
12, Oct 2014 - Honolulu, HI Court grants inmate class action in Native Hawaiian religion case
LIHUE — A federal judge has allowed a civil rights case to move forward as a class action for Native Hawaiian inmates of a Mainland prison facility in their equal protection case over the exercise of religion.
12, Oct 2014 - Gay marriage bans in Idaho, Nevada struck down
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court has struck down gay marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco made the ruling Tuesday. It did not decide on a similar case in Hawaii, which legalized gay marriage in December. State and federal court judges have been striking down bans at a rapid rate since a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year ...
12, Oct 2014 - Kauai bottled water company warned to shut down
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A Kauai water bottling and distribution company continues to operate, even though it's been seven months since the state Supreme Court ruled against it.
12, Oct 2014 - Honolulu, HI Ex-soldier suing Burger King over needles didn't attend settlement conference because of job
HONOLULU — The former soldier suing Burger King because he swallowed needles in a sandwich said he didn't return to Hawaii for a settlement conference because he had to work and his lawyers say the corporation hasn't taken negotiations seriously.
12, Oct 2014 - Federal appeals court strikes down same-sex marriage bans in Idaho, Nev.
SAN FRANCISCO – A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down gay marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada. The three-judge panel did not decide on a similar case in Hawaii, which legalized gay marriage in December.
12, Oct 2014 - Honolulu, HI Burger King, ex-soldier at odds over needle-in-burger claim
The former soldier suing Burger King because he swallowed needles in a sandwich said he didn't return to Hawaii for a settlement conference because he had to work and his lawyers say the corporation hasn't taken negotiations seriously.
12, Oct 2014 - Honolulu, HI Burger King, ex-soldier at odds over needle claim
HONOLULU (AP) — The former soldier suing Burger King because he swallowed needles in a sandwich said he didn't return to Hawaii for a settlement conference because he had to work and his lawyers say the corporation hasn't taken negotiations seriously.
12, Oct 2014 - Hawaii, HI Ex-inmate describes life in Hawaii prison gang
A man who served 20 years for robbery, kidnapping, assault and sexual assault describes some of the inner workings of a Hawaii prison gang. William Woods says he joined the "USO Family" gang in 2000 while in an Arizona prison where some Hawaii inmates were sent. Woods testified Friday at a trial for Tineimalo Adkins, the inmate he says recruited him, and Feso Malufau, a former guard accused of ...
11, Oct 2014 - Maui, HI Sanger man sentenced for meth trafficking
A Sanger man was sentenced to four years and one month in prison on Monday for attempting to transport two bags of methamphetamine from Modesto to Hawaii, U.S. Attorney Benjamin… Click to Continue »
11, Oct 2014 - Honolulu, HI 13 Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing Attorneys Named to 2015 Best Lawyers® List
Louise K.Y. Ing named Hawai`i Lawyer of the Year for Bet-the-Company Litigation and Bankruptcy Litigation (PRWeb September 16, 2014) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/Top-Law-Firm-Hawaii/Alston-Hunt-Floyd/prweb12173405.htm
11, Oct 2014 - Honolulu, HI Six finalists named for Kona District court judgeship
Four West Hawaii prosecutors made the list of six finalists to replace retired District Court Judge Joseph P. Florendo.
10, Oct 2014 - Masunaga appointed Big Island judge
Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald has appointed Margaret Masunaga as judge of the District Court of the 3rd Circuit.
10, Oct 2014 - Honolulu, HI Ex-guard, inmate convicted in Hawaii gang trial
HONOLULU (AP) — A former guard was found guilty of taking bribes from a Hawaii prison gang to smuggle drugs and cigarettes to prisoners, while an inmate was convicted of leading a brutal attack to maintain his position in the gang.
10, Oct 2014 - Honolulu, HI Suit claims religion restrictions in AZ prison
Inmates who say they're being denied their right to practice their Native Hawaiian religion at a private prison in Arizona have won class-action status for a lawsuit.
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