Hilo: 75 Aupuni Street. (808) 961-7470
Kona: Old Kona Hospital. Keakealani Bldg. Rm. 240, Kealakekua. (808) 322-2022
Hamakua: South Kohala Courthouse. Waimea Civic Center. 67-5175 Kamamalu Street, Kamuela. (808) 885-4615
Kauai (Fifth Circuit)
3059 Umi Street, Rm 111, Lihue
The District Court is open for filing on Monday to Friday, 7:45 AM to 4:00 PM. They are not open on holidays. If possible, try to do this early in the day so that the judge will be more likely to sign your papers the same day. When you go in to file your forms, a court clerk will date-stamp every set of forms. There is a filing fee so you will have to pay this fee OR fill out a fee waiver application called Ex Parte Application for Relief from Costs. You can pick up this form at the District Court or on the Judiciary website.
If you request a fee waiver, you will need to wait for the judge to approve your waiver before the court will file your other forms.
Once you have either paid the filing fee or filled out your waiver form, you can turn in your packets. You will need to wait for the judge to approve your TRO. This could take a few hours so you may have to come back later in the day or even the next day to pick up the approved packets.
After the judge approves your forms, the court will keep the original packet and return the copies to you.
If the clerk says there is a problem with your papers, ask the clerk to explain what you did wrong. Then, you can correct the problem right then and there. If your TRO is not approved, click next for helpful suggestions on what you can do next.