Hawaii Court Records

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Major Hawaii courts that kept records of genealogical value were established as follows:

1848-pres. District courts have jurisdiction over minor and criminal cases.
1848-pres. Circuit courts have jurisdiction over major civil and criminal cases, juvenile cases, probate cases, and divorces.
1800s-pres. Supreme court is a statewide appellate court.

The Family History Library has circuit court divorce records from 1849 to 1915. Other circuit court records are available at the various county courthouses. The following records are available at the Hawaii State Archives:

  • Divorces 1848-1915
  • Equity files 1851-1914
  • Criminal cases 1848-1914
  • Minutes 1848-1960
  • Civil cases 1848-1916


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