Hawaii in the United States

Hawaii Legal Materials

Links to Hawaii government agencies, statutes, regulations, cases, etc. are posted byWashlaw and FindLaw. Primary legal materials are also available from Lexis andWestlaw. Fastcase has the Hawaii Revised Statutes (current edition and historical editions back to 2008) and cases (1950-Present). Google Scholar and Versuslaw have cases back to 1950. Supreme and appellate court cases are published in the Pacific Reporter.

You can check bill status and get pending bills and related reports through the Hawaii Legislature’s Bill Status & Documents page.

For legislative history information, see Roberta Woods’ Researching the History of a Hawai’i Statute and/or Richard Kahle’s How to Research Constitutional, Legislative and Statutory History in Hawaii.

Docket sheets are available through “eCourt Kokua” for the Hawaii Supreme Court, the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals, and the Traffic Division of the District Court of the State of Hawaii. Docket sheets are available through the “Ho`ohiki” system for “criminal and civil case information filed in the Circuit and Family courts and certain civil cases of the District Courts.” You can link to both systems through the Hawai’i State Judiciary’s Search Court Records page. For more sources, see the Docket Sheetsentry.

For information about Hawaii’s current and historical constitution, see the Constitutionspage posted by the William S. Richardson School of Law Library.

For questions about Hawaii legal materials, copies and/or inter-library loan, call theHawaii State Law Library System (808-539-4964) and/or the William S. Richardson School of Law Library at the University of Hawaii School of Law Library (808-956-7583).

Business Entities: You can search, and purchase filings and Good Standing certificates, for Hawaii business entities using the Search for Business Entity & Documents posted by the Business Registration Division (BREG) of the Hawaii Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs. The database starts around 1980. Older records are recorded on index cards, and often the original filings have been destroyed. Call BREG’s Records office at 808-586-2725 to request research for pre-database records.

Note: We linked the resources to archive.org in an effort to decrease the number of broken links cited.

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Topics Covered by the Hawaii Legal Encyclopedia

Note: More detailed information about this State is provided in the Hawaii jurisdictional legal Encyclopedia, which tie together Hawaii statutory and case law.

Topics include:

  • HI Codes & Regulations
  • HI Cases & Case Law
  • Hawaii Legal Websites
  • HI State Government Info
  • Hawaii Counties
  • Hawaii Cities
  • Hawaii Legislation
  • HI Court Reporters/Depositions
  • Hawaii Legal Forms
  • Hawaii Courts
  • HI Local Court Rules
  • State Bar/Legal Associations
  • HI Law Enforcement
  • Hawaii Media Sources

Finding the law: Hawaii in the U.S. Code

A collection of general and permanent laws relating to hawaii, passed by the United States Congress, are organized by subject matter arrangements in the United States Code (U.S.C.; this label examines hawaii topics), to make them easy to use (usually, organized by legal areas into Titles, Chapters and Sections). The platform provides introductory material to the U.S. Code, and cross references to case law. View the U.S. Code’s table of contents here.


In Legislation

Hawaii in the U.S. Code: Title 48, Chapter 3

The current, permanent, in-force federal laws regulating hawaii are compiled in the United States Code under Title 48, Chapter 3. It constitutes “prima facie” evidence of statutes relating to Territories (including hawaii) of the United States. The reader can further narrow his/her legal research of the general topic (in this case, Hawaii of the US Code, including hawaii) by chapter and subchapter.


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