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Finding Court Records in Hawai‘i: Current Judiciary Court Records

Key Resources

Ho‘ohiki provides access to State of Hawai‘i-Judiciary Circuit, Family, and some District Court civil case records from 1983-present. The information displayed is from official records, but does not comprise all information from court records available to the public. Confidential cases, sealed cases and sealed documents also are not available online. The Judiciary updates case information every evening. Generally, data is current to within 48 hours of the date a court document is filed or a court proceeding is heard.

State of Hawaii Judiciary sealeCourt Kōkua provides access to documents from traffic cases, District Court, Circuit Court, Family (Adult) Court criminal and appellate cases. There is a fee to purchase copies of documents.

 

The Hawai'i State Archives provides access to Hawai'i Judiciary Branch records ranging from 1839-1970. These Judiciary court records include: civil, criminal, marriages, divorce, equity, law, probate and wills. Please see the Description of Collections for other related materials housed in the collection.  

 

 

About this guide

This LibGuide will assist you in finding court records pertaining to historical and current Hawai'i. Some of the court records are available online and others need to be retrieved in paper format. It was prepared by Shanye Valeho-Novikoff and Mishalla Spearing for LIS 618 and is updated by librarians in the Government Documents & Maps Department.

Related guides

Circuit Courts

First Circuit Court: O'ahu

Second Circuit Court: Maui, Moloka'i and Lana'i

Third and Fourth Circuit Court: Hawai'i

The Fourth Judicial Circuit Court was eliminated in 1943 when the Fourth Circuit, which was part of Hawai'i island, merged into the Third Circuit.

Fifth Circuit Court: Kaua'i

Paper Copies of Judiciary Court Records

After finding the case number through Ho'ohiki or eCourt Kokua, pick up judiciary records or Legal Documents at the Circuit Court corresponding to the case.

  • O'ahu criminal and civil records in-person are housed at Ka'ahumanu Hale;
  • Maui records at Hoapili Hale;
  • Hilo Hawai'i records at Hale Kaulike;
  • Kona Hawai'i records at Keakealani Building; and
  • Kaua'i records at Pu'uhonua Kaulike Building.  

Please see the websites for each of the court's location, hours and parking information in the box above.

If you do not live on the island in which the courthouse is located, please contact the Legal Documents Branch of each circuit courthouse. 

Finding Court Records at Ka'ahumanu Hale

 

To pick up court records at Ka'ahumanu Hale, please bring an I.D. and the case number. If you do not know the case number, there are computers provided in the Court Records Room which access the Ho'ohiki website. There are paper indexes of case numbers, but they are incomplete and no longer updated.

Upon entering Ka'ahumanu Hale, one must first go through the metal detector and have bags scanned.

The Court Records Room is on the ground floor of the building on the right hand corridor. Go past the Legal Documents office and the Court Records Room will be on the left. Bags need to be stored in lockers or at the information counter. Only writing materials are allowed behind the information counter.

Please fill out a Request to Access Court Records (HCRR) form with the case number and submit it, with an I.D., to the clerk.