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Hawaii Court Records

Hawaii’s judiciary offers a network of resources to aid in the search for any legal issue or question a member of the public may have. With access to thousands of volumes online through the Hawaii State Law Library, a historical account of virtually all Hawaii court records are available there. Support from the Hawaii Judiciary History Center encourages the public to self-educate and stay informed on current court rules and decisions in the state.

Most Hawaii court records are accessible online, though they are also maintained in Honolulu at the library’s main location.

Hawaii Court Records

History of Hawaii Courts

The Hawaii Judiciary History Center is located in the Aliiolani Hale, sharing a home with the Supreme Court. They have been located there since 1874. This center was created and is maintained to support the public’s research and access to historical legal documents originating in Hawaii.

Hawaii Court Statistics

Hawaii Courts recieve 499,677 filings per year. In 2012, the court received 498,842 filings and gave 438,315 dispositions. In 2016, the state court caseload counted 506,040 filings and had 548,577 dispositions.

Total State Caseloads

Year Caseloads
2012 498,842
2013 472,475
2014 504,489
2015 516,540
2016 506,040

Hawaii Court Records Availability

The Hawaii Supreme Court Law Library is located in Honolulu, and offers most of its resources online. This library is at least partially federally funded, and offers access to government information as a Federal Depository Library.

Hawaii’s State Law Library offers access to legal journals and law reviews, as well as Supreme Court opinions and orders. Court rules are also maintained and updated as they change in the library. Other Hawaii court records provided include court forms and records from trial and appellate courts, current statutes and even federal court records. Information regarding other state’s laws and constitutions are also maintained by the Hawaii State Law Library.

Most of these Hawaii court records are accessible online, or may be requested in person.

Share of Court Type Incoming Caseloads

Court Type Caseloads
Traffic: 384,800 (76.0 %)
Domestic Relations: 13,387 (2.6 %)
Criminal: 73,086 (14.4 %)
Civil: 34,767 (6.9 %)

Share of Court Type Outgoing Caseloads

Court Type Caseloads
Traffic: 426,711 (77.8 %)
Domestic Relations: 13,848 (2.5 %)
Criminal: 69,219 (12.6 %)
Civil: 38,799 (7.1 %)

Hawaii Main Court Information

Hawaii’s Supreme Court was founded in 1841, and is the state’s highest appellate court. This means that it hears appeals from lower courts, federal courts and writs of certiorari. The Hawaii Supreme Court also exercises exclusive jurisdiction over court rules, elections cases and discipline of judges and attorneys.

Supreme Court justices are appointed by the governor, with the assistance of the Hawaii Judicial Selection Commission. This commission submits a list of potential justices to the governor to choose a new justice. The state senate then confirms the governor’s choice, and the justices serve 10-year terms. These terms may be renewed as long as approved by the Hawaii Judicial Selection Commission, though the justices are required to retire at age 70.

There are currently five justices who sit on Hawaii’s Supreme Court. One chief justice is appointed by the other justices serving the court.

Family Court Cases

Domestic relations caseload of Hawaii at year end 2016 has decreased by 19.2% compared to the last 5 years, in 2012 the number of incoming cases was 15,953 with a rate of 1,146 cases per 100,000 population, higher than it's in 2016.

Year Domestic Relations Caseload Total Statewide Caseload
2012 15,953 498,842
2013 15,302 472,475
2014 9,468 504,489
2015 14,017 516,540
2016 13,387 506,040

Domestic Relations Clearance Rates

Year Incoming Caseload Outgoing Caseload Caseload per 100,000 Population
2012 15,953 16,192 1,146
2013 15,302 13,944 1,090
2014 9,468 11,531 667
2015 14,017 13,550 979
2016 13,387 13,848 937

States with More & Less Domestic Relation Caseloads than Hawaii

More Domestic Relations Cases than Hawaii:

State: Caseload:
New York 570,709
Texas 397,468
California 388,903
Pennsylvania 342,163
Virginia 342,040

Less Domestic Relations Cases than Hawaii:

State: Caseload:
Maine 13,161
North Dakota 13,134
District of Columbia 12,715
Alaska 12,562
Vermont 12,170

Hawaii Caseload Statistics

The Supreme Court receives approximately 200 filings per fiscal year. In 2009, there were only 127 filings and 127 dispositions. In 2014, there were 252 filings and 194 dispositions.

Hawaii Criminal Caseloads

The number of criminal cases in Hawaii counts 73,077 with 5,408 felony cases and 67,669 misdemeanors accordingly.

Year Criminal Caseload Misdemeanor Caseload Felony Caseload
2012 95,735 6,850 35,803
2013 76,647 7,277 69,368
2014 69,286 5,255 64,025
2015 73,788 5,495 68,287
2016 73,086 5,408 67,669

State Civil Caseload & Clearance Rates

In the last 5 years the number of civil cases has decreased by 6,101 cases, it went from 40,868 to 34,767 with clearance rates of 97% and 112%.

Year Civil Caseload Clearance Rate
2012 40,868 97
2013 35,103 87
2014 38,130 98
2015 39,448 93
2016 34,767 112