The 2018 Hawaii Federal Trial Academy - Application Available Now|
This comprehensive, three-day program to be held at the Federal Courthouse, is designed to help newer attorneys develop trial skills and experience in federal court. The program will begin on Wednesday morning with an introduction and presentation by Chief Judge J. Michael Seabright. On Wednesday and Thursday mornings, the program will feature a series of lectures, panel discussions and live presentations by the federal judiciary and some of the most experienced and dynamic trial lawyers in the district. On Friday, the program will culminate in a half-day mock trial in federal court before a federal judge. Please click here for more information and to apply.
Request for feedback: Civil Local Rules of Practice
The U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii will be amending the Civil Local Rules of Practice and invites your feedback regarding potential edits or changes. Please submit your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org by close of business on Friday, October 20, 2017.
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.
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.
Judicial Assistant to Sr. U.S. District Judge Helen Gillmor (JSP 09-11) Closing Date: 10/20/2017