Part I Liability; Survival of Actions 663-1 – 663-10.99
Part II Uniform Contribution Among Tortfeasors Act 663-11 – 663-17
Part III Advance Payments in Personal Injury and Property Damage Cases 663-21 – 663-24
Part IV Comparative Negligence 663-31
Part V Civil Action; Intoxication of Persons Under Age Twenty-One 663-41 – 663-42
Part VI Limitations on Public Entity Liability in Actions Based Upon Duty to Warn of Natural Conditions 663-51 – 663-52

Terms Used In Hawaii Revised Statutes > Chapter 663 - Tort Actions

  • Agent: means a person under the direct supervision of a pharmacist, acting in the pharmacist's presence. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 328-91
  • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • Beneficiary: A person who is entitled to receive the benefits or proceeds of a will, trust, insurance policy, retirement plan, annuity, or other contract. Source: OCC
  • Board: means the board of land and natural resources. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 663-51
  • Common law: The legal system that originated in England and is now in use in the United States. It is based on judicial decisions rather than legislative action.
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Continuance: Putting off of a hearing ot trial until a later time.
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • 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.
  • Counterclaim: A claim that a defendant makes against a plaintiff.
  • county: includes the city and county of Honolulu. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 1-22
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Decedent: A deceased person.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.
  • Discovery: Lawyers' examination, before trial, of facts and documents in possession of the opponents to help the lawyers prepare for trial.
  • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • Donor: The person who makes a gift.
  • Drug product: means a drug as defined in section 328-1 other than a biological product as defined in this part. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 328-91
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Fee simple: Absolute title to property with no limitations or restrictions regarding the person who may inherit it.
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Hawaii list of equivalent generic drug products and interchangeable biological products: means the list of equivalent generic drug products and interchangeable biological products, which may include references to the Orange Book, the Purple Book, and other published findings and approvals of the United States Food and Drug Administration, created and published by the director pursuant to the director's authority in this part to approve drug products and biological products that pharmacists may substitute with equivalent generic drug products and interchangeable biological products. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 328-91
  • Improved public lands: means lands designated as part of the state park system, parks, and parkways under chapter 184, or as part of a county's park system, and lands which are part of the Hawaii statewide trail and access system under chapter 198D, excluding buildings and structures constructed upon such lands. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 663-51
  • Interchangeable biological product: means a biological product approved by the director as substitutable by pharmacists and included in the Hawaii list of equivalent generic drug products and interchangeable biological products. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 328-91
  • 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.
  • Lawsuit: A legal action started by a plaintiff against a defendant based on a complaint that the defendant failed to perform a legal duty, resulting in harm to the plaintiff.
  • Liabilities: The aggregate of all debts and other legal obligations of a particular person or legal entity.
  • Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
  • Maximum allowable cost: means the maximum amount that a pharmacy benefit manager shall reimburse a pharmacy for the cost of a drug. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 328-91
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • Orange Book: means the United States Food and Drug Administration's "Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations" publication and its cumulative supplements, which include a list of approved prescription drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 328-91
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • Plaintiff: The person who files the complaint in a civil lawsuit.
  • Pleadings: Written statements of the parties in a civil case of their positions. In the federal courts, the principal pleadings are the complaint and the answer.
  • Prosecute: To charge someone with a crime. A prosecutor tries a criminal case on behalf of the government.
  • Public entity: means "government entity" as defined in § 663-10. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 663-51
  • Purple Book: means the United States Food and Drug Administration's "Lists of Licensed Biological Products with Reference Product Exclusivity and Biosimilarity or Interchangeability Evaluations" publication and its cumulative supplements, which include lists of licensed biological products with biosimilarity and interchangeability evaluations. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 328-91
  • Real property: Land, and all immovable fixtures erected on, growing on, or affixed to the land.
  • Savings: means the financial benefit derived from utilizing the substituted equivalent generic drug product or interchangeable biological product from the perspective of the consumer or the ultimate payer, including third party payers. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 328-91
  • Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
  • Statute of limitations: A law that sets the time within which parties must take action to enforce their rights.
  • Tort: A civil wrong or breach of a duty to another person, as outlined by law. A very common tort is negligent operation of a motor vehicle that results in property damage and personal injury in an automobile accident.
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • Venue: The geographical location in which a case is tried.
  • Verdict: The decision of a petit jury or a judge.