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Law Number

HRS 662D-2

Summary Title

Liability: Volunteer


A volunteer who, in good faith, provides services within their scope of duties to a nonprofit, a hospital, or a government entity will not be held legally responsible for acting or failing to act. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness.  This section does not apply if the volunteer is operating a motor vehicle, interferes with the lawful activities of another, or commits a criminal offense.

Full Title

Scope of Immunity

Full Text

(a) A volunteer shall be immune from civil liability in any action on the basis of any act or omission of a volunteer resulting in damage or injury if:(1) The volunteer was acting in good faith and within the scope of the volunteer's official functions and duties for a nonprofit organization, a nonprofit corporation, a hospital, or a governmental entity; (2) The damage or injury was caused by the volunteer's negligent conduct; and (3) With respect to a nonprofit organization, nonprofit corporation, or hospital, the entity for which the volunteer was acting either:(A) Has a general liability policy in force, both at the time of injury and at the time the claim is made against the entity, and the minimum coverage is in an amount of not less than: $200,000 per occurrence and $500,000 aggregate; or (B) Has total assets, exclusive of grants and allocations, of less than $50,000.