How to Access Case Information
You can access case information from our court in several ways:
- Via the Internet (allows you to view document images)
- Via Telephone (VCIS) (no document viewing; quickest method and no fee)
- Clerk's Office (document viewing for those without access to a computer)
- Archived Cases (closed cases)
The Bankruptcy Court in Hawaii has imaged all documents in cases filed since January 1, 1998. These documents are available on the Internet, to persons using the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) program. This program is not free. However, there are several good reasons to use PACER to retrieve documents, rather than coming to the court. This is the fastest method of getting documents for persons not living on Oahu. Once you register for PACER (provided you enter a credit card authorization for payment), you will get a login and password the same day. You can then immediately use PACER to access documents you need, and print them. A PACER account provides access to dockets of other federal courts throughout the United States. See PACER Fees.
NOTE! – Only cases filed in 1998 and later were imaged. Documents from cases filed before that date must be ordered from the archives at the Federal Records Center in San Bruno, CA. See below for more information on retrieving archived paper documents.
Here is what you need to do in order to register for PACER and to access the documents you wish to copy.
Step 1: PACER Registration
Step 2: Logging into PACER
Step 3: Finding the Documents in a Case File
If you have problems and need assistance in finding
cases or documents, contact
The Voice Case Information System (VCIS)
allows you to call the Bankruptcy Court's computer from any touch-tone
telephone. VCIS gives the case information over the phone using a computer-synthesized
VCIS is provided free of charge and is available seven days per week, 24 hours per day. VCIS retrieves the most current information directly. Call (866) 222-8029, specify the desired state, then follow the instructions given by the computer-synthesized voice, to access case information.
Computer terminals are available for public use at the Clerk's office. We have staff available to assist you in retrieving case information. There is no charge to view data, and you may print documents for a fee of ten cents per page. For court information, see location and hours.
Copies of archived documents may be made by directly contacting the San Francisco Federal Records Center or by requesting them through the Clerk’s Office in Honolulu. When requesting from the Clerk's Office, retrieval and copy fees apply.
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