Opinion Letter No. 93-11
September 14, 1993
UIPA Does Not Apply to Court File Room Access
The UIPA does not prohibit the Circuit Court from
imposing restrictions upon case files maintained in
the First Circuit Court file room. The OIP concluded, based upon
previous OIP advisory opinion
letters, that case files maintained in the Circuit Court’s
file room are non-administrative records of the
Judiciary. The UIPA does not apply to "nonadministrative"
records of the courts of this State. The
OIP also noted that the Hawaii Supreme Court has recognized the
existence of a right, under the
common law, to inspect and copy judicial records.