Hawaii Courts and COVID-19



Hawaii's state courts in each circuit have implemented a variety of orders aimed to reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2 and the disease it causes, COVID-19.  Certain courts have been closed, while access to other courthouses and courtrooms has been restricted.  Various procedures have been amended to curtail interpersonal contact.  Many hearings have been postponed; most of the hearings that are going forward are being conducted via telephone.  Certain deadlines were extended.  By order of the Chief Justice, all jury trials have been postponed until a date after June 30, 2020, unless otherwise ordered by the chief judge of each circuit.

Despite the limitations, civil actions in the circuit courts are still proceeding.  New lawsuits are being filed.  Discovery in existing lawsuits is on-going.  Motions are being filed, and some hearings are occurring.

Orders from Hawaii Courts:

(last update: 5/24/20)

Chief Justice


Courts of Appeal


First Circuit 


Second Circuit


Third Circuit


Fifth Circuit


All civil and criminal trials scheduled to commence before June 15, 2020 before any district or magistrate judge are continued.  All civil hearings, including settlement conferences, scheduled before June 15, 2020 will either be conducted by telephone or taken off calendar.  Hearings conducted within the courthouse will be subject to six-foot social distancing requirements.  Access to the Courthouse is limited; the public and media are barred, although they make request access to attend a hearing.

Chief Judge Seabright and Magistrate Judge Mansfield created a video to explain how the USDC, District of Hawaii is functioning during this period of lockdown, which is available here.

Orders from USDC, District of Hawaii: 

(last update: 5/24/20)

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