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Courts in Hawaii

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Courts in Hawaii consist of the state court system and two federal courts.

The Hawaii state court system consists of appellate courts, trial courts of general jurisdiction and trial courts of limited jurisdiction.

The structure of Hawaii's state court system.

Appellate Courts

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Hawaii Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is the state's court of last resort.[1] It hears appeals from lower courts and interprets the laws of the state Constitution.


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Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals

The Intermediate Court of Appeals is an intermediate appellate court. It hears nearly all appeals from trial courts and some state agencies.

Trial Courts

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There are three types of trial courts in Hawaii: the Circuit, Family and District Courts.

These trial courts are divided into four judicial districts, or "circuits," which represent the four major islands: The First, Second, Third, and Fifth Circuit Courts (the Fourth Circuit was merged with the Third Circuit in 1943). There is a Circuit, Family and District Court in each of the four Circuits.

Federal courts

There are two federal courts in Hawaii: the District of Hawaii and the District of Hawaii Bankruptcy Court[2]

Appeals are heard in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Restorative justice

Circle peacemaking

  • O’ahu, Hawaii: In 2005 the Huikahi Restorative Circle was developed. It is a restorative justice project and uses a group process for reentry planning which works with the incarcerated individual, his or her family and friends, and one prison representative. This circle process focuses on both shutting the “revolving door” and helping the incarcerated individuals and their loved ones to find ways to heal from the harm created by crime and imprisonment.[3]

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