How to Obtain Court Records in the State of Hawaii?Court records are maintained by Hawaii’s State Judiciary. These are available for the public to view or purchase for a fee. These fees are mandated by Hawaii State court rules and laws. To be able to view confidential documents or cases, court approval may be required.
For Free Viewing of Hawaii Court Records:
eCourt Kokua and Ho’ohiki are portals which contain official public records that are available for viewing. Both sites contain case information amassed by the Hawaii Judiciary. These portals are a public service and do not provide detailed information. Certified court records can be viewed and purchased from each applicable courthouse.
eCourt Kokua contains information such as Circuit Court and District Court criminal, Family Court criminal, appellate cases and traffic cases.
Ho’ohiki provides access to civil case details that are filed in Family and Circuit courts and some District court civil cases.
Both portals enable users to conduct a free Hawaii court records search.
How to Get Court Records in Hawaii?
Follow steps 1 through 3 if you are unable to visit the courthouse in person but want to purchase a copy of certified Hawaii court records.
If you are able to visit the applicable courthouse in person, complete steps 1 through 4.
Gather as many details as you can about the case. Be sure to write down the following details:
- Case Type, i.e. civil, criminal
- Case Number
- Parties (names)
- Description/title of the documents you want to order
- Number of Copies
- Certified or uncertified
To order a copy of Family or Circuit court records, click on the following link:
To order a copy of Hawaii state court records, click on the following link:
If the case number is not provided, a $5 fee is applicable as a name search fee. All requests require up to 10 days for a response. If you require the court records to be mailed, this may take up to 20 business days.
Mail, fax or email all completed forms to the “Custodian of Records” associated with the court where your case is filed. Do not send money with your form. An invoice outlining the fees associated with your Hawaii court records search will be sent to you via email or USPS. Payment for all fees must be made prior to processing your records request.
Complete steps 1 through 3. Visit the courthouse where your case is filed along with your completed forms, government-issued photo identification, and fees.
Payment of fees will only be accepted in the form of a certified check, cashier’s check or money order. All requests are processed on a first-come-first-served basis.
For names of the Custodian of Records, courthouse locations, phone numbers, mailing addresses and email addresses, please click on the following link:
Copies of court records are chargeable at $1 for the first page and $0.50 for subsequent pages.
To receive a certified copy of your court records, there is an additional $3 fee.
To rush your request, a $10 surcharge is applicable.
If the court clerk must perform a Hawaii court records online name search, an additional $5 fee is levied.
Additional charges are applicable for faxed requests.
To view a detailed list of all the applicable fees, please click on the following link:
Requests made in person before noon are processed on the same day, within four hours. In-person requests made afternoon will be processed on the next business day.