Defense structure, 2017

  • Organization


  • Oversight

    Full oversight

Hawaii provides counsel to indigent youth through a statewide public defender office governed by an appointed council.  Visit the National Juvenile Defender Center's Hawaii state profile for more details.

Waiver of counsel, 2014

A juvenile can waive his or her right to have an attorney present during questioning, provided that the waiver is made voluntarily, knowingly, and intelligently.

  • Restrictions on waivers
  • No restrictions
  • Reflects laws as of the end of 2013 legislative sessions.
  • Age

    No restrictions

  • Crime

    No restrictions

  • Hearing

    No restrictions

  • Placement

    No restrictions

Timing of counsel, 2013

In Hawaii, an attorney for a juvenile can be appointed at the following points in the process: Loss of Freedom / Institutionalization / Commitment / Imprisonment; All Stages of Proceedings / All Critical States of Proceedings.

  • Reflects laws as of the end of 2013 legislative sessions.

Indigency requirements, 2013

Indigency determination: Judicially

Hawaii indigency law is governed by both juvenile and adult statutes, which provide for a determination of indigency Indigency is judicially determined. Court can / must appoint attorney for juvenile if there is a conflict of interest between the juvenile and the parent. Court can / must appoint attorney for juvenile if parent cannot be located / parent refuses to go to juvenile.

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Juvenile Justice GPS (Geography, Policy, Practice, Statistics) is a project to develop a repository providing state policy makers and system stakeholders with a clear understanding of the juvenile justice landscape in the states.

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