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Zimmerman's Research Guide



Links to Hawaii government agencies, statutes, regulations, cases, etc. are posted by Washlaw and FindLaw. Primary legal materials are also available from Lexis and Westlaw. Fastcase has the Hawaii Revised Statutes (current edition and historical editions back to 2008) and cases (1950-Present). Google Scholar and Versuslaw have cases back to 1950. Supreme and appellate court cases are published in the Pacific Reporter.

You can check bill status and get pending bills and related reports through the Hawaii Legislature's Bill Status & Documents page.

For legislative history information, see Roberta Woods' Researching the History of a Hawai'i Statute and/or Richard Kahle's How to Research Constitutional, Legislative and Statutory History in Hawaii.

Docket sheets are available through "eCourt Kokua" for the Hawaii Supreme Court, the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals, and the Traffic Division of the District Court of the State of Hawaii. Docket sheets are available through the "Ho`ohiki" system for "criminal and civil case information filed in the Circuit and Family courts and certain civil cases of the District Courts." You can link to both systems through the Hawai'i State Judiciary's Search Court Records page. For more sources, see the Docket Sheets entry.

For information about Hawaii's current and historical constitution, see the Constitutions page posted by the William S. Richardson School of Law Library.

For questions about Hawaii legal materials, copies and/or inter-library loan, call the Hawaii State Law Library System (808-539-4964) and/or the William S. Richardson School of Law Library at the University of Hawaii School of Law Library (808-956-7583).

Business Entities: You can search, and purchase filings and Good Standing certificates, for Hawaii business entities using the Search for Business Entity & Documents posted by the Business Registration Division (BREG) of the Hawaii Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs. The database starts around 1980. Older records are recorded on index cards, and often the original filings have been destroyed. Call BREG's Records office at 808-586-2725 to request research for pre-database records.

See Also
Attorney General Opinions
Case Pulls
Docket Sheets
Legal Ethics
Legal Treatises
State Cases
State Government Agencies
State Laws, generally
State Statutes and Codes

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