COVID-19 Community Resources FAQ

Legal Resources

Is Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii (VLSH) still open?

VLSH’s main office is temporarily closed. However, VLSH is still able to assist clients with an intake application via telephone during normal business hours, Monday – Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm. Neighborhood Advice & Counsel clinics are also still being held via telephone. You are responsible for all legal deadlines associated with your case. VLSH operates on 100% volunteer attorney power and cannot guarantee representation. For more information, please check out www.vlsh.org or call us at 808-528-7046 if you need assistance.

Is the Hawaii Probono (HOP) program still active?

Yes, for those wishing to ask a simple legal question online the Hawaii Online Probono (HOP) website is still active. Please visit the following website for more information: www.hawaiifreelegalanswers.org

Is the Access to Justice Room open?

No; all Access to Justice Rooms across Hawaii are closed until further notice.

Can I call Lawyer Referral Service for an attorney referral?

Yes, please call HSBA – Lawyer Referral Service at 808-537-9140 Monday – Friday 8:30am-4:30pm.

What other legal resources are available during the COVID-19 crisis?

For more online legal resources, please visit the following website(s): www.lawhelp.org/hi/portal

Hawaii Court Houses

What is the status of Oahu's District Courts during the COVID-19 crisis?

As of March 20th, all state courthouses are closed to the public, except for [those parties with] official court business from March 23, 2020 to April 30, 2020.

As of April 17th, all trials in civil, criminal, and family courts are now postponed to a date after May 29, 2020 or the termination of Governor David Ige’s state of emergency, whichever is sooner, unless otherwise ordered by the chief judge of the respective circuit. Anyone with questions about any District Court case on Oahu may call 808-538-5629 or 808-538-5767. For the most current information please visit the following website: https://www.courts.state.hi.us/covid-19-information-page

Which of Oahu's District Courts are closed?

Effective March 23rd through April 30th the following District Courthouses and departments will be closed completely:

  • Kaneohe District Court: (808) 534-6300
  • Ewa-Pearl City District Court: (808) 534-6900
  • Wahiawa District Court: (808) 534-6200
  • Waianae District Court: (808) 954-8575
  • Traffic Violations Bureau (2nd floor of Honolulu District Court)
  • Legal Documents Branch (3rd floor of Honolulu District Court)
Anyone with questions about any District Court case on Oahu may call 808-538-5629 or 808-538-5767.

Which of Oahu's District Courts are open and what types of cases are being heard?

Essential court proceedings will be held at Honolulu District Court, including TRO hearings. Please visit the following website for types of cases still being heard as essential court proceedings: www.courts.state.hi.us/news_and_reports/2020/03/most-traffic-criminal-and-civil-cases-postponed-until-after-april-30

TRO filings and other documents that a party is unable to file electronically may be filed at the Honolulu District Court Information Booth which is located to the right of the main entrance.

What about the neighbor island District Courts?

The State of Hawaii Judiciary has posted all of the orders affecting all Hawaii courts at the following website including e-mail submissions for family court documents: www.courts.state.hi.us/covid-19-information-page

What about the Appellate Courts?

The State of Hawaii Judiciary has posted all of the orders affecting all Hawaii courts at the following website: www.courts.state.hi.us/covid-19-information-page

State and City Orders

Where can I find more information about the 'shelter-in-place' orders affecting my community?

Employer/Employee Benefits Information

The Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations have put together a fact sheet in regards to benefits:

Landlord / Tenant Information

The State of Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer affairs has put together a FAQ which can be found at the following web address: cca.hawaii.gov/blog/release-state-provides-guidance-for-homeowners-and-renters/

Rent and Mortgage Information

Senator Brian Schatz has listed a number or resources those who may need assistance in paying rent and mortgages: www.schatz.senate.gov/coronavirus/assistance-for- homeowners-and-renters

Hawaii Department of Health

Information and Resources in regard to managing COVID-19 in Hawaii: hawaiicovid19.com/

Updated 4/20/2020

Hours

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

Walk-in Intake (Oahu):
Due to COVID-19, our walk-in hours are temporarily suspended until further notice. Please call our intake line to complete an intake application

Address

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