Step 5: The TRO/injunction hearing
If you want to extend your protection past 90 days, you have to attend a hearing to get a final injunction against harassment. At the hearing, a judge will hear all of the evidence and decide whether to grant you the injunction.1 If the judge does believe that an injunction against further harassment should be issued, s/he will grant you an order for up to three years.2
Although you do not need one, you have the right to bring a lawyer to represent you at the hearing. If you show up to court and the harasser has a lawyer and you do not, you may ask the judge for a “continuance” to set a later court date so you can have time to find a lawyer for yourself.
1 Hawai’i State Judiciary website
2 HRS § 604-10.5(g)