District Court

Private Landlord Tenant, Debt Collections, and Small Claims Issues

Individuals with any of the above legal issues will meet with a volunteer attorney at a Neighborhood Legal Clinic for legal advice and counsel. The Clinic attorney will determine whether the case is appropriate for referral for additional pro bono assistance.

Bench Warrant Recall Program - Oahu only

Individuals with outstanding non-felony citations and bench warrants on Oahu may be eligible for this program. Volunteer Legal staff and volunteers help RACS participants draft court documents to recall the bench warrant which allows the underlying citation or violation to be resolved with the assistance of the Office of the Public Defender. In some instances, the fines may be reduced, or a payment plan may be arranged, or community service may be completed in lieu of paying fines.

Additional Self Help Resources

Hoohiki. Hoohiki is an electronic database maintained by the State Judiciary that gives the public access to civil case information filed in the Circuit and Family Courts and certain civil cases of the District Courts. To track the status of your case click here.

Court Self Help Centers. If you have a court deadline tomorrow, Volunteer Legal may not be able to assist you in time. If you are in this situation please go to one of the Self Help Centers located at courthouses across the state. For more information about Self Help Centers, including hours and locations state wide click here.

Lawhelp.org/hi. This free tool put together by the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, has valuable brochures and interactive court forms available to everyone, regardless of income, for legal issues including: consumer debt collection, and landlord tenant issues.

Court Forms. The court website has helpful forms available online for pro se litigants. Click here to see the court forms available in your district.

Hawaii Legal Services Portal. Locate additional legal resources and organizations that may be able to assist you by answering a few questions about yourself and your legal issue. To access the Hawaii Legal Services Portal click here.


Calling in:
Monday - Friday: 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. (Except for Holidays and Staff Training Days)

Walk-in Intake (Oahu):
Monday - Friday: 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. (Except for Holidays and Staff Training Days)


Volunteer Legal Services Hawai'i
545 Queen Street, Suite 100,
Honolulu, HI 96813