Hawaii Small Claims Court: An Overview

From maximum dollar limits to statutes of limitations, learn the basics about small claims court in Hawaii.

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What's the dollar limit for small claims court cases in Hawaii?

The most you can ask for in a small claims case is $5,000, but there is no limit in landlord-tenant residential security deposit cases. For the return of leased or rented personal property, the property must not be worth more than $5,000.

Which court hears small claims cases in Hawaii?

Small claims cases in Hawaii are heard in the Small Claims Division (District Court).

Are attorneys allowed in small claims court in Hawaii?

You are allowed -- except in landlord-tenant security deposit cases -- to have an attorney represent you in small claims court in Hawaii.

Can a landlord bring an eviction lawsuit in small claims court in Hawaii?

Eviction cases are not allowed in small claims court in Hawaii, but must be heard by a higher court.

Do I have a right to a jury trial in small claims court in Hawaii?

In Hawaii, jury trials generally are not allowed in small claims court. Cases that involve a counterclaim for more than $5,000 may be eligible for jury trial, but only upon timely request and presiding judge's approval; if approved, the case will be transferred to circuit court.

Where can I get more information about small claims court in Hawaii?

For more information about Hawaii small claims court, see www.courts.state.hi.us (under "Self Help," click "Small Claims.")

Nolo's Small Claims Court area has many helpful related articles and a Small Claims Court FAQ. For more detailed help with filing a case, using the best strategy in court, and collecting your money if you win, see Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court, by Attorney Ralph Warner (Nolo).

Last updated on 10/01/09.

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