480-20  Duty of the attorney general; duty of county attorney, etc.  (a)  The attorney general shall enforce the criminal and civil provisions of this chapter.  The county attorney, or prosecuting attorney of any county shall investigate and report suspected violations of this chapter to the attorney general.

Terms Used In Hawaii Revised Statutes 480-20

  • Consumer: means a natural person who, primarily for personal, family, or household purposes, purchases, attempts to purchase, or is solicited to purchase goods or services or who commits money, property, or services in a personal investment. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 480-1
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • county: includes the city and county of Honolulu. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 1-22
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.

     (b)  Whenever this chapter authorizes or requires the attorney general to commence any action or proceeding, including proceedings under section 480-18, the attorney general may require the county attorney, corporation counsel, or prosecuting attorney of any county, holding office in the circuit where the action or proceeding is to be commenced or maintained, to maintain the action or proceeding under the direction of the attorney general.

     (c)  The director of the office of consumer protection shall have concurrent jurisdiction with the attorney general to enforce the civil provisions of this chapter with regard to violations of section 480-2.