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Finding Court Records in Hawai‘i: Federal and International Court Records

What is a federal and international court record?

These are resources to find federal court (United States of America) records and international records pertaining to Hawai'i.

International Court of Justice

The International Court of Justice provides information on Contentious Cases and Advisory Decisions. Publications including Judgments, Advisory Opinions and Orders and Pleadings, Oral Arguments, Documents are published and available are able for purchase.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar includes legal opinions from U.S. federal and state district, appellate and supreme courts.The link below requires a UH username and password for access, but another version of Google Scholar is available to the public.


Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) is an electronic public access service that allows users to obtain case and docket information from federal appellate, district and bankruptcy courts, and the PACER Case Locator via the Internet. This database is free and open to the public.

United States District Court

U.S. District Court of Hawai'i does not provide online court records. Document retrieval is available through PACER or through the U.S. District Court Hawai'i Location. All records in the clerk's office are available to the public, except for those sealed by the court. Archival requests are available. Individuals who request files from archives can expect to review those files within 2-3 weeks. There is a retrieval fee of $45.00.

Lexis Nexis Academic

Lexis Nexis includes federal, state and international legal materials from as far as 20 years back. The following database requires a UH login and password for access.

Legal Collection

The Legal Collection includes articles written on court decisions. The following database requires a UH login and password for access.