663-1 Torts, who may sue and for what
663-1.2 Tort liability for breach of contract; punitive damages
663-1.3 “Ad damnum” clause prohibited
663-1.4 Payment of reasonable attorney’s fees and costs in defense of suit
663-1.5 Exception to liability
663-1.53 Liability for operation of a family child care home
663-1.54 Recreational activity liability
663-1.55 Volunteer firefighters; limited liability
663-1.56 Conclusive presumptions relating to duty of public entities to warn of dangers at public beach parks
663-1.57 Owner to felon; limited liability
663-1.6 Duty to assist
663-1.7 Professional society; peer review committee; ethics committee; hospital or clinic quality assurance committee; no liability; exceptions
663-1.8 Chiropractic society; peer review committee; no liability; exceptions
663-1.9 Exception to liability for health care provider, authorized person withdrawing blood or urine at the direction of a police officer
663-1.95 Employers’ job reference immunity
663-2 Defense of lawful detention
663-3 Death by wrongful act
663-4 Actions which survive death of wrongdoer or other person liable
663-5 Death of defendant, continuance of action
663-6 Death of wrongdoer or other person liable prior to suit, time for commencing action against the estate
663-7 Survival of cause of action
663-8 Damages, future earnings
663-8.3 Loss or impairment of earning capacity; damages
663-8.5 Noneconomic damages; defined
663-8.7 Limitation on pain and suffering
663-8.9 Serious emotional distress arising from property damage; cause of action abolished; exception for physical injury
663-9 Liability of animal owners
663-9.1 Exception of animal owners to civil liability
663-9.5 Liability of firearm owners
663-10 Collateral sources; protection for liens and rights of subrogation
663-10.5 Government entity as a tortfeasor; abolition of joint and several liability
663-10.6 Exemption for providing shelter and subsistence to the needy
663-10.7 Exemption for providing emergency access to land, shelter, and subsistence during a disaster
663-10.9 Abolition of joint and several liability; exceptions
663-10.95 Motorsports facilities; waiver of liability
663-10.98 Design professional liability; highways
663-10.99 Trespass; limited liability of agricultural land Owner

Terms Used In Hawaii Revised Statutes > Chapter 663 > Part I - Liability; Survival of Actions

  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Real property: Land, and all immovable fixtures erected on, growing on, or affixed to the land.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Venue: The geographical location in which a case is tried.
  • Verdict: The decision of a petit jury or a judge.