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Legal Information: Hawaii

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
August 28, 2019

What types of orders are there? How long do they last?

There are two types of gun violence protective orders: ex parte orders and one-year orders.

Ex parte gun violence protective orders: The judge will issue an ex parte gun violence protective order if s/he finds that the respondent is at risk of harming him/herself by owning, buying, or receiving a firearm or ammunition or by having a firearm or ammunition in his/her custody or control. The respondent does not need to be in the courtroom or have notice of the case for you to get an ex parte order. The ex parte order will last until the court hearing for a one-year gun violence protective order, which will be scheduled within 14 days.1

One-year gun violence protective orders: The judge can issue a one-year gun violence protective order after the respondent receives notice and has the opportunity to be present for a hearing in court. At the hearing, the judge will decide if there is a significant danger that the respondent will cause bodily injury to him/herself or others by owning, buying, or receiving a firearm or ammunition or by having a firearm or ammunition in his/her custody or control. The order will last for one year.2

1 HI ST § 134–64(f), (i)
2 HI ST §§ 134-65(c); 134-61