Proposed Amendments to Federal Rules and Forms Out for Public Comment

In 2017, the Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure approved publication of proposed amendments to the following rules and forms:

Appellate Rules 3, 13, 26.1, 28 and 32

Bankruptcy Rules 2002, 4001, 6007, 9036, 9037, and Official Form 410

New Criminal Rule 16.1

Rule 5 of the Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases in the US District Courts

Rule 5 of the Rules Governing Section 2255 Proceedings in the US District Courts

Evidence Rule 807

Please see proposed amendments at the link below. The public comment period closes February 15, 2018.


New Civil Pro Bono Counsel Rules

Please click here for Order Adopting Rules for Civil Pro Bono Panel for the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii.


Juror Scam Reported by Courts Around the Country
The public should be aware of a juror scam perpetrated across the country. A person claiming to be a court employee is calling members of the public indicating they have missed jury duty and must immediately pay fines to avoid the issuance of arrests warrants. The caller, sometimes claiming to be working for a federal court, may ask the person to buy a prepaid credit card and to call a specific number and provide the credit card number.

Federal courts never ask jurors for credit card information. Anyone who receives a phone call like the one described above should call the FBI at 808 566 4300 to report the call. For more information, see the link below:


Arrest Warrant Scam

If you have received a warrant by fax or email saying a federal law enforcement officer or an attorney for the government wants to arrest you.  IT IS A SCAM.  The fax or email may indicate that there are charges pending against you for money laundering, bank fraud or missed jury duty and you are to send money.

The warrants may display a bogus logo of an unspecified “United States District Court”, a case number and various charges.  Recipients are instructed to call a number to get a settlement or to wire money to avoid arrest.

A valid arrest warrant would not be served by fax or email.  A warrant would be served, in person, by a U.S. Marshal or other law enforcement officer.

Anyone receiving a fake arrest warrant should contact the FBI at 808 566 4300.  If there is any question regarding authenticity of a federal warrant, please contact the Clerk’s Office, U.S. District Court at 808 541 1890

Anyone demanding or obtaining money or anything of value while impersonating an officer or employee of the United States may be fined and/or imprisoned up to three years.


CYBER ALERT: Malicious Email Campaign Targeting Attorneys which Spoofs Emails from Statewide Legal Organizations

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U.S. Marshals Warn of Nationwide Jury Scam

The U.S. Marshals Service is warning the public of a nationwide telephone scam involving individuals claiming to be U.S. marshals, court officers or law enforcement officials seeking to collect a fine in lieu of arrest for failing to report for jury duty. The U.S. Marshals Service said it does not call anyone to arrange payment of fines over the phone for failure to appear for jury duty or any other infraction. In order to appear more credible, the scammers may even provide information like badge numbers and the names of actual federal judges and courthouse addresses. Victims have been told they can avoid arrest by paying a fine using a reloadable credit card, and were urged to call a number and provide their own credit card number to initiate the process. The Marshals Service urges the public not to divulge personal or financial information to unknown callers, even if they sound legitimate. If believe you are a victim of the jury duty scam, please report the incident to local law enforcement department, or local U.S. Marshals or FBI office.


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