Hawaii Rules & Forms
Court: Small claims cases are filed in the Small Claims Division of the District Court.
Jurisdictional Limit: $5,000, unless the case involves a landlord-tenant security deposit, in which case there is no limit.
Answer Period: Defendant must file an answer to the complaint within 20 days.
Attorney Representation: Attorney representation is permitted excepted in landlord-tenant security deposit cases.
Eviction Cases: Eviction cases cannot be filed in small claims court.
Jury Trial: A defendant may request a jury trial if he or she has a counterclaim for more than $5,000, but it’s up to the judge to approve it.
Statutes of Limitations (Haw. Rev. Stat. § 657-1 et seq.)
– Written Contract: 6 years
– Oral Contract: 6 years
– Personal Injury: 2 years
– Real Property: 2 years
– Personal Property: 2 years
Hawaii Small Claims Forms & Information
Hawaii Small Claims Court Rules
Hawaii District Court Rules
Hawaii Rules of Civil Procedure
Hawaii Rules of Criminal Procedure
Hawaii Rules of the District Courts
Hawaii Civil Traffic Rules
Hawaii Family Court Rules
Hawaii District Court Forms
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Third Circuit (Hawaii)
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