Hawaii is the 50th state admitted to the United States. The Kingdom of Hawaii was sovereign from 1810 to 1893 when it was overthrown by the monarch. It was an independent nation from 1894 to 1898 when it became a US territory.
The state lies in the Ninth Circuit District Court of the United States. Hawaii was admitted its statehood on August 21, 1951. With a land-area of about 10,500 miles, it is the 43th largest in the US. It is the 40th largest by population, with nearly 1.5 million inhabitants. Hawaii’s Capital City is Honolulu, and it is nicknamed “The Aloha State.” The largest cities are: Honolulu, Pearl City, Hilo, Kailua, and Waipahu. Hawaii is the only US State located in Oceania, and the only which is comprised of only islands. It is also the only US State which isn’t located in North America.
Natural scenery, diverse culture, public beaches, oceans, and active volcanoes, are among the many reasons why the state is such a popular tourist destination. In fact, tourism is the state’s main source of income. Defense is another area which the state sees funding, as several US Army and Marine Bases are located in Hawaii. Agriculture, manufacturing, and the service industry (hotel chains, tourism) are the leading areas of income for the state today.
The Hawaii Court system is known as the Hawaii State Judiciary and is led by the Chief Justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court. There are four levels, broken equally into the trial level and the appellate level. The court system consists of the following courts:
- The Hawaii State Circuit Court is the primary civil and criminal court, ruling on all jury trial cases, with exclusive jurisdiction over probate, guardianship and criminal felony cases.
- Dealing with Family Law, the Hawaii State Family Courts have exclusive jurisdiction over minors, termination of parental rights, adoption, along with other family matters.
- The Hawaii State District Courts handle traffic infractions and other small claims disputes, where the dispute does not exceed USD 25,000 or the criminal offense is punishable by a fine, or imprisonment of less than one year.
- The state’s intermediate appellate court is the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals, it reviews appeals from the state trial court and its decisions are subject to the State Supreme Court Review.
- The state supreme court is the Hawaii State Supreme Court; it makes binding decisions on appeals from the state’s lower courts, and is also responsible for administrative tasks with the Hawaii judiciary.
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