The COVID-19 emergency is a rapidly evolving situation, please check this site for updates.

The Court orders a partial closure of the courthouse as follows: from August 24, 2020 until October 13, 2020, the courthouse will be closed to the public on all Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The courthouse will remain open on Mondays and Thursdays solely for in person hearings. The Clerk's Office is closed to the public. Click here to see procedures for filing court documents. Anyone seeking Clerk's Office assistance should call (808)-541-1890. 

For archived COVID-19 related orders please see the COVID-19 Orders page.

Response To Covid-19 Pandemic

  Aug 24, 2020 Temporary General Order RE:Response to COVID-19
This Temporary General Order supersedes the Court's August 13, 2020 "Temporary General Order Regarding District of Hawaii Response to COVID-19 Pandemic."


  Sept 10, 2020 Order Authorizing The Use of Telephonic and Video Hearings Pursuant to the CARES ACT (9/11/20 - 10/12/20)
This Order, supersedes the Aug 13 CARES Act order and remains effective through October 12, 2020.


  Sept 23, 2020 Temporary General Order Authorizing Grand Jury Session During the Week of Sept 28, 2020
  Aug 11, 2020 Temporary General Order Suspending Grand Jury Sessions in Response to COVID-19
This Temporary General Order supersedes the Court's "May 29, 2020 Temporary General Order Resuming Grand Jury Sessions in the District of Hawaii During the COVID-10 Emergency".

Additional Guidance

  Aug 6, 2020 Plan For Resumption of Jury Trials in the District of Hawaii
This plan has been reviewed by the Hawaii Department of Health to ensure consistency with guidance from the Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 
  Pro Se Filing Procedures During COVID-19 Response
Pro se litigants may file documents by email ( or by using the drop box located outside the courthouse 24 hours a day 7 days a week. File-stamped copies will be returned by email or United States mail by request. Click here for additional procedures for filing Court documents during COVID-19 emergency. You can also click here to access Pro Se Forms. Anyone seeking filing information is encouraged to call the Clerk’s Office help desk at (808) 541-1890.
  May 18, 2020 Civil Case Management Guidance
  Instructions to Listen to a Hearing Telephonically


Judge Kobayashi's Face Shield Requirement

For court proceedings before Judge Kobayashi, counsel, parties, interpreters and anyone else who will be speaking during the proceedings are required to obtain and bring their own face shield, and to wear it when speaking in court.  The face shield is required to help make sure that the court reporter and others can hear and understand the person speaking.  To be clear, this requirement does not excuse anyone from the general rule that requires wearing a face mask when entering and being in the courthouse.  Once in Judge Kobayashi’s Courtroom, all counsel, parties, interpreters or anyone else who will be speaking during the proceeding may then replace their face mask with the required face shield.


Public Posting of Announcement for Treatment and Second Chance Act Services

The U.S. Probation Office and the U.S. Pretrial Services Office in the  District of Hawaii are in the process of soliciting services for Fiscal Year 2020 and FY 2021, which may include urinalysis, alcohol testing, drug and alcohol treatment services, sex offender services, mental health treatment services, transitional housing, job training, workforce development, tattoo removal, cognitive behavioral therapy, domestic violence, and financial counseling/education. In accordance with the solicitation process, it is requested that the attached notice be posted until 9/30/2020.