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Hawaii Court Decisions

A diagram of the state court system (called a “Court Structure Chart” and including a summary of each court’s jurisdiction) is available on the web site of the National Center for State Courts.


Hawaii Constitution and Legislation

See also a database of statewide ballot measures maintained by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
  1. Constitution (Haw. Const.)

    Additional Resources
    Nation of Hawai'i Constitution … [Nation of Hawai'i]

  2. Bills … See also the Hawaii Legislature web site.
  3. Current Session
  4. Past Sessions
  5. Session Laws of Hawaii (Haw. Sess. Laws)

    For session laws from a more-recent year (not listed here because links have not yet been created on the legislature’s web site), see the Bills page (linked above) for that year, then follow links there for “List of Acts” and “List of Vetoed Measures” (consult both lists).
  6. Hawaii Revised Statutes (Haw. Rev. Stat.)
    Searching is recommended. Statutes can be browsed but only through a cumbersome and crude directory structure. See also uniform laws and interstate compacts. Superseded statutes also can be searched or browsed.
  7. Additional Resources
    ¶ Summaries of Bills Passed:  Get the Adobe Acrobat® Reader
    ¶ Supplemental Information on Bills:  Get the Adobe Acrobat® Reader …Supplemental information includes a general index to bills passed, laws affected by bills passsed, and status of bills passed.
    ¶ Supplemental Information on Bills for 1997 (19th Leg., 1st Sess.) … [Legislative Reference Bur.] — Where to obtain copies of bills and acts, a general index of bills, and references to laws affected by passed bills.
    Laws Affected by 1996 Bills Passed (18th Leg., 2nd Sess.) … See “Supplemental Information” entries, above, for laws affected by legislation in subsequent years.
    ¶ Superseded Hawaii Revised Statutes: 
    Haw. Rev. Stat. ch. 89 — Public Employment Relations Act … [Univ. of Haw., Center for Labor Education and Research (CLEAR)]
    Haw. Rev. Stat. tit. 14, ch. 231 et seq. — Taxation … [Taxation Dep't] — Interface to chapters of this title.
    Haw. Rev. Stat. ch. 377 — Employment Relations Act … [Univ. of Haw., Center for Labor Education and Research (CLEAR)]
    Hawaii Labor Laws Explained … [Univ. of Haw., Center for Labor Education and Research (CLEAR)] — Descriptions and explanations of Hawaii and federal laws related to labor.


Hawaii Rules of Procedure and Practice

See also links to additional state rules as well as all state rules in PDF files.
  1. Appellate Rules • Rules of Appellate Courts
  2. Trial Rules • Rules of Trial Courts
  3. Rules of Practice


Hawaii Administrative Law Sources

See also a page of links to sources of rules, maintained by the Administrative Codes and Registers Section of the National Association of Secretaries of State.

  1. Regulations
  2. Hawaii Administrative Regulations (Haw. Admin. Regs.)
    No compilation of the administrative regulations is available on the internet. For regulations promulgated by a particular agency, try that agency’s web site. A collection of links to selected agencies’ regulations can be found on the web site for the lieutenant governor.
  3. Orders • Decisions • Opinions


Hawaii Ordinances and Home-Rule Charters

Ordinances are local laws, commonly organized into codes, that have been enacted by municipalities — cities, towns, etc. — and counties. Charters are organic laws (similar in function to a constitution) of those local government entities for which “home rule” is authorized by state law. For local laws not found through the links given here, try the county web sites and municipality web sites at “State and Local Government on the Net” by Piper Resources, or a publisher’s web site:
  • Municipal Code Corp.
    1. Charters
      Note that a charter could be included in a collection of ordinances (see below) instead of being separately accessible.
    2. County Ordinances
      Click on the button keyed to the name of the county. NOTE: On some web sites, selecting the state is necessary for access to the ordinances link.
    3. Municipal Ordinances
      Click on the button keyed to the name of the municipality. NOTE: On some web sites, selecting the state is necessary for access to the ordinances link.


    Hawaii Law-Related Periodicals

    Periodicals providing on-line articles are linked here. See also links to all Hawaii law-review web sites as well as links to web sites of all U.S.-published law reviews and periodicals.

    1. Asian Pacific Law and Policy Journal (Asian Pac. L. & Pol'y J.) … [William S. Richardson Sch. of Law / Univ. of Haw.]


    Other Hawaii Commentary

    1. Guide to Doing Business in Hawaii. Case Lombardi & Pettit. … [Lex Mundi]


    Hawaii Law-Related Topical Web Sites


    Hawaii Court Information

    See also links to state court web sites, maintained by the National Center for State Courts. Additionally, the Ballotpedia.org web site presents information about courts and judges in the state, covering both state courts and federal courts, in a Wikipedia-style format.
    1. Web Sites


    Hawaii Forms

    1. Litigation Forms
    2. Court Forms … [Supreme Ct.] — Forms for use in circuit courts, family courts, and district courts.
    3. Jury Instructions
    4. Taxation Department: Tax Forms and Instructions

    5. Business Entity Forms …[Paracorp, Inc. (Cal.)] — Convenient interface to view and print in-blank official state forms (in PDF files) for filing by business entities. A JavaScript-enabled browser is required.


    Other Hawaii Resources

    1. Government-Related Web Sites

      See also the Piper Resources list of sites.
    2. Additional Resources
      ¶ Vital Records — Contact Information … [Elizabeth Orsay (Ind.)]
      ¶ Workers’ Compensation — Agency Contact Information … [Robert W. McDowell / N.C. Indus. Comm’n]

    3. Bar Associations • Law-Related Organizations
      See the National Federation of Paralegal Associations for links to websites of member organizations.
    4. Hawaii State Bar Association
    5. Law Schools • Admission to Practice • Continuing Legal Education
    6. Hawaii Bar Admission Instructions and Forms
    7. William S. Richardson School of Law (University of Hawaii)


    Legal Research and Assistance

    1. Law Libraries

      See also links to web sites of public law libraries and catalogs of academic law libraries, maintained by the library at Washburn University School of Law; and the LibrarySites.Info database of library web sites (“Libcat”).
    2. Bankruptcy Law and Procedures for Hawaii Residents … [Calicchia & Kinast LLP (Ohio)] — This web site, presented by a Cleveland bankruptcy law firm, covers basic information about the bankruptcy process, describes debt consolidation and credit counseling as alternatives to bankruptcy, lists the property that an individual is allowed to keep (with citations to governing provisions of Hawaii law), and gives information about the bankruptcy courts and how to contact bankruptcy attorneys in Hawaii.

    3. Low-Cost Legal Aid … See also the web site for LawHelp.org and the web site for SelfHelpSupport.org.
      1. LawHelp Hawaii … [Pro Bono Net (N.Y.) / Legal Aid Society of Hawai`i] — This web site is a guide to help individuals and families who cannot afford to hire a private attorney with their civil legal needs.
      2. Hawaii Legal Help for the Poor … [Am. Bar Ass’n] — Contact information for statewide and local legal-aid programs, from the ABA’s Directory of Pro Bono Programs. The ABA also provides a page of links to pro bono programs’ web sites.
      3. WomensLaw.org — Sources of Legal Help … [WomensLaw.org (N.Y.)] — Sources of legal help (not limited to legal help for women) include statewide domestic-violence resources, local domestic-violence resources listed by city or town, free or low-cost legal services, and lawyer referral services.



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