Hawaii Court Records

What is Included in Hawaii Public Court Records

Criminal Court Cases

Assault & Battery, Domestic Violence, Parole Violation, Probation Violation, Sexual Assault, Robbery, Manslaughter, Murder, Drug Offenses, And More...

Civil Court Cases

Bankruptcies, Legal Judgments, Lawsuits, Tax & Property Liens, Contract Disputes, Probates, Family Law, Small Claims, Evictions, And More...

Traffic Court Cases

Driving Under Influence, Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding Tickets, Traffic Citations, Reckless Driving, Driving Without a License, License Suspensions, Criminal Driving Violations, Accidents, And More...

Hawaii Court Record Lookup

Hawaii HI court records are public documents and therefore available by performing a Hawaii court records search to anyone who requests them, with limitations: some cases with particularly sensitive information such as the names of victims, or information about minors, is withheld for confidentiality.

Judicial Districts

There are four judicial districts in Hawaii, and each has family, district, and circuit courts. Family courts, along with tax courts, and land court, handle a limited scope of issues, including Hawaii child support and custody cases.

Mentioned above Hawaii courthouses are the lowest level of trial court, with jurisdiction over traffic matters, civil disputes valued under $40,000, small claims cases under $5,000 in value, and criminal misdemeanors. Criminal cases that require a trial are moved to circuit court. There were about 54,000 cases filed in a recent year, split almost evenly between civil and criminal matters. At the same time, there were 413,000 traffic cases filed. These Hawaii court records online are available by performing Hawaii court case lookup.

Circuit courts handle the major criminal trials, appeals of administrative agency decisions, and civil cases valued at more than $25,000. Probate court duties are part of the circuit court’s jurisdiction, including guardianships and cases involving real property. There were more than 17,500 cases filed in circuit court in a recent year, with over 70 percent of them being civil matters. Criminal cases can be found through Hawaii criminal records search online tools.

Appeals Courts

Six judges sit in panels of three to hear disputed decisions from lower courts. Justices dispose of more than 600 cases per year from over 850 filed, wich can be accessed via Hawaii court record lookup.

The state supreme court is the highest judicial body in the state. It is comprised of five justices with jurisdiction over the state bar, many state administrative offices, and consults on the constitutionality of state laws.

Federal Courts

Those who declare bankruptcy or who are involved in class action suits involving more than one state will find their cases in U.S. District Court, for which there is at least one district in each state. These Hawaii courthouses handle federal law violations and cases that involve more than one state. 

Hawaii Notable Court Cases

A farmer fined for spilling produce on a Hawaiian highway disputed the charges all the way to the state supreme court. When a police officer saw lettuce or cabbage leaves littering a highway near Hilo, he stopped the only truck nearby that was hauling similar freight and fined the driver for spilling part of his cargo on the road. In court the driver said he'd gone back to pick up any spilled vegetables but didn't find them, surmising the leaves had blown off the highway or were run over and would decompose naturally without need for removal. A district court judge sided with the police, saying that the truck driver hadn't tried hard enough to go back and pick up the spilled vegetables, so the driver's fine of $250 was upheld. However the Supreme Court reviewed the case and determined that there was an exemption from the spilled cargo law for agricultural products, and that the driver's determination that a few leaves of cabbage weren't worth running across a highway to retrieve constituted a reasonable attempt to recover the spilled goods. Therefore the supreme court overturned the district court's decision and the fine was reimbursed.

A $1.4 billion project to build a giant telescope atop Mauna Kea, Hawaii's tallest peak, has been delayed by environmentalists and others who say the project is a violation of a sacred place. The project has been controversial since construction started in early 2015, inspiring protests and threats to block construction. In December 2015 the state Supreme Court invalidated the building permit, saying that the Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources approved the permit before hearing from those who opposed it. There are more than a dozen other observatories on the mountaintop.

Hawaii Civil Case Statistics

Civil Caseload
Civil Caseload 34,767
Caseloads per 100.000 Population
Caseloads per 100.000 Population 2,434
Clearance Rate
Clearance Rate 112%
Small Claims Caseload
Small Claims Caseload 3,441

Civil Caseloads for Hawaii, the sum of all civil cases reported by the state, account for 188,316 total cases at the year end of 2016, which makes it 2,434 cases per 100.000 population.

The clearance rate for the state is about 112% which makes up by dividing the outgoing to incoming civil cases and expressing the result in a percentage.

Civil Court Incoming & Outgoing Cases 2012-2016

The number of civil court caseloads in 2016 has decreased since 2012, being 34,767 vs. 40,868, which is by 14.9 % lower than 5 years ago. The same picture is seen with clearance rates, it’s lower compared to 2012, by 1.9% being 38,799 compared to 39,534.

State Small Claims & Rates Timeline

Year: Small Claims Max. Limit Small Claims Caseload per 100.000 Population Percent of Total Civil Caseload

The caseload for small claims has decreased since 2012, going from 4,638 cases a year to 3,441 of 2016. The maximum limit of small claim charges has stayed the same at $5,000 in 2016 compared to the $5,000 that was registered 5 years ago.

Accordingly the small claims rate has decreased- 241 cases per 100 000 population compared to the 333 of 2012. The total percentage of civil caseloads accounts 6.9% for the state of Hawaii for 2016.

Criminal Caseloads by Type

Criminal Caseloads for Hawaii sum in 73,086 cases at the year end of 2016 which has a share of 93% of misdemeanor and 7% of felony charges. Total criminal cases have decreased in Hawaii compared to the criminal caseload of 2012 - 95,735 cases. Felonies and misdemeanors have changed since 2012 by 0% and -151% accordingly.

The Proportion of Felony and Misdemeanor Caseloads

Criminal Incoming Court Cases by type 2012-2016

Criminal Caseloads Timeline

Domestic Relations Caseloads & Clearance Rates

The state’s domestic relations caseload has counted 13,387 cases which is 937 court cases per 100.000 population. It has decreased since 2012, the difference in caseloads is 2,566 for the last 5 years, being 15,953 in 2012.

State Court Holidays

Holiday: Date:
New Year's DayMonday, January 1, 2018
Martin Luther King, Jr.'s BirthdayMonday, January 15, 2018
President's DayMonday, February 19, 2018
Prince Kuhio DayMonday, March 26, 2018
Good FridayFriday, March 30, 2018
Memorial DayMonday, May 28, 2018
King Kamehameha DayMonday, June 11, 2018
Independence DayWednesday, July 4, 2018
Statehood DayFriday, August 17, 2018
Labor DayMonday, September 3, 2018
General Election DayTuesday, November 6, 2018
Veterans' Day (Observed)Monday, November 12, 2018
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 22, 2018
Christmas DayTuesday, December 25, 2018

Supreme Court Caseloads & Clearance Rates