§232-5  Small claims.  (a)  The tax appeal court shall establish by rule a small claims procedure that, to the greatest extent practicable, shall be informal; provided that:

     (1)  No pretrial discovery shall be allowed without the prior written approval of the court; and

     (2)  Costs and fees awarded to the prevailing party shall be limited to fees paid directly to the court in the course of conducting the tax appeal at issue.

     (b)  Any protesting taxpayer who would incur a total tax liability, not including penalties and interest, of less than $1,000, by reason of the protested assessment or payment in question, may elect to employ the procedure established by this section upon:

     (1)  Payment per taxpayer of a nonrefundable filing fee set pursuant to rules adopted by the supreme court, which shall not exceed $25; and

     (2)  Filing with the tax appeal court a written statement of the facts in the case, together with a waiver of the right to further appeal.

The tax appeal court shall cause a notice of the appeal and a copy of the statement to be served on the director of taxation and in the case of an appeal from a decision involving a county as a party, the real property assessment division of the county involved.  [L 1967, c 231, §6; HRS §232-5; am L 1997, c 152, §1; am L 2004, c 202, §19; am L 2006, c 94, §1; am L 2010, c 109, §1; am L 2011, c 167, §1]


Cross References


  Payments under protest, see §40-35.


Rules of Court


  Small claims procedure, see Rules of the Tax Appeal Court, part II.