HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

2194

TWENTY-NINTH LEGISLATURE, 2018

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

relating to the judiciary.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. Chapter 602, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"602- Certified questions; procedure. (a) A court of inferior jurisdiction may certify to the supreme court a question or proposition of law on which the court of inferior jurisdiction seeks instruction for the proper decision of a case that the supreme court has remanded to that inferior court. The certificate shall contain a statement of the nature of the case and the facts on which the question or proposition of law arises. Only questions or propositions of law may be certified, and they shall be stated separately and with precision.

(b) The supreme court shall answer a certified question or proposition of law from a court of inferior jurisdiction within fifteen calendar days of receipt.

(c) The supreme court may adopt rules regarding the preparation and presentation of the certificate and any associated briefs."

SECTION 2. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 3. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Courts; Supreme Court; Certified Questions

 

Description:

Provides that a court of inferior jurisdiction may certify to the Hawaii Supreme Court a question or proposition of law on which the court of inferior jurisdiction seeks instruction for the proper decision of a remanded case. Requires the Supreme Court to answer the question within 15 calendar days.

 

 

 

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