Hawaii Rules & Forms

Small Claims

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