[ 583A-109]  Appearance and limited immunity.  (a)  A party to a child-custody proceeding, including a modification proceeding, or a petitioner or respondent in a proceeding to enforce or register a child-custody determination, is not subject to personal jurisdiction in this State for another proceeding or purpose solely by reason of having participated, or having been physically present for the purpose of participating, in the proceeding.

Terms Used In Hawaii Revised Statutes 583A-109

  • 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.
  • Litigation: A case, controversy, or lawsuit. Participants (plaintiffs and defendants) in lawsuits are called litigants.
  • Service of process: The service of writs or summonses to the appropriate party.

     (b)  A person who is subject to personal jurisdiction in this State on a basis other than physical presence is not immune from service of process in this State.  A party present in this State who is subject to the jurisdiction of another state is not immune from service of process allowable under the laws of that state.

     (c)  The immunity granted by subsection (a) does not extend to civil litigation based on acts unrelated to the participation in a proceeding under this chapter committed by an individual while present in this State.