There are many uses for legal forms in the Hawaii legal system the basic structure of the Hawaii court system is outlined below. Hawaii’s court system consists of the Supreme Court, Intermediate Court of Appeals, the Circuit Courts, Family Courts and District Courts.
Honolulu is the capital city of Hawaii. The state Supreme Court is located in the capital and has five justices. The primary duty of the state’s high court is to review appeals from lower courts and agencies in the state. The Supreme Court also has original jurisdiction on questions of law from other courts and decisions of proceedings for extraordinary relief in the nature of certain writs.
The Intermediate Court of Appeals shares appellate jurisdiction with the Supreme Court in reviewing appealed cases. In general, the Court of Appeals reviews trial court decisions for error while the Supreme Court reviews appeals pertinent to the establishing of law. Decisions of the Intermediate Court of Appeals are subject to review by the Supreme Court.
The Land Court has exclusive original jurisdiction over title registration of land easements or rights in land held and possessed.
The Tax Appeal Court, as its name implies, hears disputes regarding taxation. It decides all questions of both fact and law involving taxation, and does it without a jury.
Circuit Courts are trial courts of general jurisdiction in civil and criminal cases. They also have exclusive jurisdiction in felony cases, in civil cases for amounts over $20,000, and in probate and guardianship cases. (Civil disputes between $10,000 and $20,000 can be filed in either a Circuit Court or a District Court.)
Hawaii is the newest of the 50 U.S. states (August 21, 1959), and is the only U.S. state made up entirely of islands. It is the northernmost island group in Polynesia, occupying most of an archipelago in the central Pacific Ocean, southwest of the continental United States, southeast of Japan, and northeast of Australia. Hawaii’s diverse natural scenery, warm tropical climate, abundance of public beaches and oceanic surrounding, and active volcanoes make it a popular destination for tourists, surfers, biologists, and volcanologists alike. Due to its mid-Pacific location, Hawaii has many North American and Asian influences along with its own vibrant native culture. Hawaii has over a million permanent residents along with many visitors and U.S. military personnel. Its capital is Honolulu on the island of Oʻahu.
The state encompasses nearly the entire volcanic Hawaiian Island chain, which comprises hundreds of islands spread over 1,500 miles (2,400 km). At the southeastern end of the archipelago, the eight “main islands” are (from the northwest to southeast) Niʻihau, Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, Kahoʻolawe, Maui, and Hawaiʻi. The last is by far the largest and is often called “The Big Island” to avoid confusion with the state as a whole. The archipelago is physiographically and ethnologically part of the Polynesian subregion of Oceania.
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