Terms Used In Hawaii Revised Statutes 663-1

  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Prosecute: To charge someone with a crime. A prosecutor tries a criminal case on behalf of the government.

      663-1  Torts, who may sue and for what.  Except as otherwise provided, all persons residing or being in the State shall be personally responsible in damages, for trespass or injury, whether direct or consequential, to the person or property of others, or to their spouses or reciprocal beneficiaries, children under majority, or wards, by such offending party, or the offending party’s child under majority, or by the offending party’s command, or by the offending party’s animals, domestic or wild; and the party aggrieved may prosecute therefor in the proper courts.