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Hawaii does not have Municipal Courts. County and local ordinance and traffic violations are tried in state circuit and district courts. Here is an excerpt from a published decision [ref. http://www.state.hi.us/jud/22183.htm] of the Hawaii Supreme Court dated January 31, 2001,


Whereas other states have municipal courts, see Jones on Evidence 2:85 (7th ed. 1992), our state does not have such courts. Rather, state circuit and district courts are authorized to try all cases arising from the violation of ordinances in force in the counties. HRS 603-23, 604-11 (1993 & Supp. 1996). Thus, state courts must take "judicial notice" of municipal ordinances, just as they do of state statutes.
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