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 3 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.
See the At the Hearing section under the Preparing for Court tab at the top of this page for ways you can show the judge that you were harassed.
1Hawai’i State Judiciary website
2 HRS § 604-10.5(g)