2021 Hawaii Revised Statutes
Title 32. Courts and Court Officers
604A. Environmental Courts
604A-2 Jurisdiction.

Universal Citation: HI Rev Stat § 604A-2 (2021)

§604A-2 Jurisdiction. (a) The environmental courts shall have exclusive, original jurisdiction over all proceedings, including judicial review of administrative proceedings and proceedings for declaratory judgment on the validity of agency rules authorized under chapter 91, arising under chapters 6D, 6E, 6K, 128D, 339, 339D, 340A, 340E, 342B, 342C, 342D, 342E, 342F, 342G, 342H, 342I, 342J, 342L, 342P, 343, and 508C, and title 12; provided that:

(1) The environmental courts shall not have exclusive, original jurisdiction over any proceedings relating to any motor vehicle, motorcycle, motor scooter, or moped parking violations adopted under agency rules pursuant to chapter 91 and authorized under chapters 6D, 6E, 6K, 128D, 339, 339D, 340A, 340E, 342B, 342C, 342D, 342E, 342F, 342G, 342H, 342I, 342J, 342L, 342P, 343, and 508C, and title 12; and

(2) Upon the motion of a party or sua sponte by the chief justice, the chief justice may assign to the environmental courts issues before the courts when the chief justice determines that due to their subject matter the assignment is required to ensure the uniform application of environmental laws throughout the State or to otherwise effectuate the purpose of this chapter.

(b) In any case in which it has jurisdiction, the environmental courts shall exercise general equity powers as authorized by law. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to limit the jurisdiction and authority of any judge, designated as judge of an environmental court, to matters within the scope of this chapter. [L 2014, c 218, pt of §2; am L 2018, c 119, §1]

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