Rhode Island Court Records

Rhode Island court records

Rhode Island Court records can be searched for in person at the courthouse or local library, or remotely through the Internet. It is convenient for legal professionals and the public alike to have options and access to the court records of their state. These records might be used for legal purposes such as finding a historical decision before beginning a new case, or simply to better understand the judicial process and locate vital and genealogical records.

History of Rhode Island Court Records

The history of Rhode Island courts and their records dates back to an era before the United States was independent from Britain. In 1747, the Supreme Court was called a different name at its creation by the Rhode Island General Assembly. At that time it was known as the Superior Court of Judicature, Court of Assize, and General Gaol Delivery. A look in the state’s charter shows that even as far back as 1663 there was an established judiciary branch, then known as General Court of Trials. In 1798 the name changed again to Supreme Judicial Court. In 1843 it became known as the Supreme Court of Rhode Island.

Rhode Island Court Records Availability

Civil and criminal cases from courts all over the state can be accessed online through a keyword search using the last name of the party. If it is a specific workers’ compensation court record, a domestic case from the Family Court, or case information regarding civil cases in the Superior or District Courts, those can be found separately through an online public access portal.

Additionally, the State Law Library located in Providence provides a wealth of information regarding legal documents such as access to case information, court calendars and criminal information search.

Main Court Information

The Rhode Island Supreme Court is an appellate court and is last resort for the state, which means it has absolute appellate jurisdiction over questions of law and equity. The Supreme Court is also responsible for supervising state courts and serves as general advisory concerning the interpretation of the state and federal constitutions. Lastly, the Supreme Court is in charge of regulating admission of attorneys to the Rhode Island Bar and disciplining members as necessary.

The Superior Court is an intermediate appellate court and also holds jurisdiction of original criminal and civil cases for jury and non-jury trials. This includes felony proceedings and civil cases where the amount in question exceeds ten thousand dollars. Rhode Island also has a Family Court with jurisdiction over cases involving divorce, custody, adoptions, paternity proceedings, and several other matters involving juveniles. Any appeals from Family Court go directly to the Supreme Court.

Caseload Statistics

The state of Rhode Island Supreme Court had 359 filings in the year 2013, along with 393 dispositions. Similarly, the previous year had 355 filings and 373 dispositions.

Rhode Island Court Structure

Rhode Island Court Statistics

Rhode Island Courts receive 154,935 filings per year. In 2012, the court received 186,244 filings and gave 197,046 dispositions.

Family Court Cases

Domestic relations caseload of Rhode Island at year end of 2016 has decreased by 29.7% compared to the last 5 years, in 2012 the number of incoming cases have been 13,288 with a rate of 1,265 cases per 100000 population, lower than it’s in 2016.

States with More & Less Domestic Relation Caseloads than Rhode Island

More Domestic Relations Cases than Rhode Island:
State: Caseload:
New York570,709
Pennsylvania342,163
Texas397,468
California388,903
Virginia342,040

There are no states with less Domestic Relations cases than Rhode Island

Rhode Island Criminal Caseloads

The number of criminal cases in Rhode Island counts 33,693 with 11,887 felony cases and 21,691 misdemeanors accordingly.

Small Claims Caseloads & Rates

Caseload: Per 100K Population: Percent of Total Caseload: Max Limit in $:
3,740 354 9.0% $2,500

Rhode Island Court Locations

State Court Holidays

Holiday: Date:
New Year's DayMonday, January 1, 2018
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Monday, January 15, 2018
Memorial DayMonday, May 28, 2018
Independence DayWednesday, July 4, 2018
Victory Day Monday, August 13, 2018
Labor DayMonday, September 3, 2018
Columbus DayMonday, October 8, 2018
Election DayTuesday, November 6, 2018
Veterans' Day (Observed)Monday, Nov 12, 2018
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 22, 2018
Christmas Day Tuesday, December 25, 2018

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DISCLAIMER: The Rhode Island court records information accessible herein is derived from unofficial, publicly-available sources, does not constitute the official court records of any case, may not be up-to-date, complete, or accurate, and should not be relied upon by any person or entity for any purpose. This site is a third-party commercial entity that is neither authorized by nor affiliated with the Rhode Island Judiciary or the Rhode Island Administrative Office of State Courts in any way. The Rhode Island Judiciary and the Rhode Island Administrative Office of State Courts have not endorsed, warranted, or otherwise validated any of Rhode Island court records information available on this site.