How much does an order for protection cost? Do I need a lawyer?
Nothing. There is no fee to file for, get, or serve an order for protection.1
Although you do not need a lawyer to file for an order for protection, it may be helpful to have a lawyer. Having legal representation is especially important if the abuser has a lawyer. Even if the abuser does not have a lawyer, it is recommended that you contact a lawyer to make sure that your legal rights are protected.
If you cannot afford a lawyer but want one to help you with your case, you can find information on legal assistance and domestic violence organizations on the Places that Help page. In addition, the domestic violence organizations in your area and/or court staff may be able to answer some of your questions or help you fill out the necessary court forms.2 You will find contact information for courthouses on the HI Courthouse Locations page.
1 HRS § 607-2.5
2 HRS § 586-3(d)
If you are going to be in court without a lawyer, our Preparing for Court – By Yourself section may be useful to you.