For Public Patrons

The Law Library is open to the public.

Public patrons are welcome to use the Law Library's items while in the Library, but may not check out items.

Attorney Referral Resources
Legal Line
Legal Aid
University of Hawaiʻi Elder Law Program (UHELP)
Websites & Self-Help Guides

Obtaining Legal Help

The Library Faculty and Staff cannot provide legal advice, interpretation of the law, or recommend an attorney.

If you have chosen to represent yourself in court, it is called proceeding pro se (pronounced Pro-SAY).  The legal system is complicated and there are no quick manuals.  You may want to explore these legal resources.

Attorney Referral Resources

The Library Faculty and Staff cannot recommend an attorney.

Referral List of Legal Service Organizations 2012-2013 .pdf

Hawaiʻi State Bar Association Lawyer Referral and Information Service
(808) 537-9140

Legal Line

Volunteer attorneys available to provide legal information and referrals Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Call (808) 537-1868.

Volunteer Legal Services Hawaiʻi
(808) 528-7046 for Oahu, or 1-800-839-5200 from Neighbor Islands
Provides free or low-cost legal help to individuals and non-profit organizations. This organization also conducts free legal clinics on divorce, bankruptcy, tax, and other topics.

Legal Aid

If you have been charged with a criminal offense and cannot afford an attorney, you have the right to an attorney free of charge. For more information, contact the Office of the Public Defender at (808) 586-2200.

If your case is a non-criminal matter, it is called a civil case. You may qualify for legal assistance in a civil case. For more information, contact the Legal Aid Society of Hawaiʻi at (808) 536-4302 for Oahu, or 1-800-499-4302 for neighbor islands.

University of Hawai‘i Elder Law Program (UHELP)

University of Hawaiʻi Elder Law Program (UHELP)
UHELP operates throughout the calendar year and provides basic legal assistance, advice and information on problems involving public entitlements, guardianship and alternatives to guardianship, housing, landlord-tenant, elder abuse, age discrimination, pension and retirement problems, planning for incapacity and death, consumer protection, medical treatment, long-term-care insurance and family law. UHELP is not permitted to assist with business or criminal law matters or with personal injury or other fee-generating cases. You may qualify for services if you are 60 years or older and are socially or economically needy or if you are a caregiver of an older person and need legal assistance on behalf of the older person. Contact 808-956-6544.

Websites & Self-Help Guides


Hawai'i Criminal Justice Data Center - Fee-based service provided by the Hawai'i Criminal Justice Center. The Center will search an individual's criminal history record for a $14 fee.

Hawai'i Judiciary Self-Help Center - Court of Hawai'i Forms, Divorce, Small Claims, Landlord-Tenant Claims, Regular Claims, Traffic Cases, Protective Orders, Juvenile Proceedings, Tips on Going to Court, Courtroom Information, Ex Parte Contact

Divorce Law in Hawai'i - Attend free informational seminars sponsored by the Family Court of the First Circuit Court. Presentations include an overview of custody and visitation, child support, property division and alimony.

Hawai'i Legal Aid - Offers self-help materials on a number of legal topics. Some topics include legal forms. Topics include: Consumers, Education, Family Law (Divorce and Child Custody), Juvenile Law, Health, Housing, Civil Rights, Immigration, Wills, Government Benefits, Seniors, Employment Law, and Tax.

Hawai'i Legislative Reference Bureau Legal Guides

Hawai'i Practice Manuals - A listing of Hawai'i Legal Practice Manuals, published for Hawai'i Lawyers by the National Business Institute. The Law Library has many of these titles in our collection, as does the Hawai'i Supreme Court Library located in Downtown Honolulu.

Hawai'i Supreme Court Law Library - Subject Guides include Child Support, Hawai‘i, Administrative Decisions and Opinions, Hawai‘i Counties Rules and Regulations, Hawai‘i Legislative History and Intent, Hawai‘i Public Information, How to Read a Legal Citation, Landlord-Tenant Code, Legal Abbreviations, Legal Research, Legal Resources for Court Interpreters, Motor Vehicle Law, Sources of Primary Law

Researching How to Write Your Own Will, a Pathfinder for Patrons Who Are Not Lawyers by Nancy Tucker and Roberta Woods, J.D.


Bankruptcy: U.S. Bankruptcy Court Information for Non-Lawyers

Google Scholar for Law  - Find legal articles and cases using the Google search engine

Lexis Web - Free search engine that provides access to free legal-oriented web content from such sites as legal blogs, news, advocacy organizations, think tanks, court websites and government websites. (Free searches during the beta offer.) - Nolo Press is the leading publisher of legal self-help materials. This website features the "Nolopedia" with free legal information on a variety of topics. Podcasts are also avaiable. The Law Library has many titles from Nolo Press. Use our Library Catalog and search “Nolo” to find these helpful books. These titles are also available on ebrary.

Perfecting Your Appeal- Guide to writing an appeal, provided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. A 28-minute practice guide video is also available at this website.

Public Library of Law - Free resource for cases, statutes, regulations, court rules, constitutions. Free registration required to display cases.

Public.Resource.Org - Nonprofit organization providing free access to case law online, NTIS documents, congressional documents and hearings. - A free legal portal providing links to useful legal sites and searchable case law and docket databases.

Resources for Self-Represented Litigants - A list of helpful links compiled by the award-winning site This website is sponsored in part by the American Association of Law Libraries, and the National Center for State Courts.


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