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As there may be more one source to obtaining Rhode Island criminal, civil and divorce records, it is important to search multiple state courts to find the correct records.

Rhode Island State Court Structure:

The Rhode Island traffic court has jurisdiction over traffic violations. The traffic court hears no jury trials. The Rhode Island municipal court has jurisdiction over an ordinance violation. The municipal court has exclusive parking jurisdiction. The municipal court has no jury trials. The Rhode Island probate court has exclusive estate jurisdiction. The probate court does not hear jury trials. The Rhode Island workers compensation court hears administrative agency appeals, including workers compensation matters. The Rhode Island district court has jurisdiction over tort, contract, real property rights, from $1,500 and $5,000, to $10,000, and appeals of administrative agency cases. The district court has exclusive small claims for claims up to $1,500, and mental health case jurisdiction. The district court also hears misdemeanors, DWI or DUI cases, and ordinance violations. The Rhode Island district court has exclusive moving traffic jurisdiction for those cases not handled administratively. The district court handles preliminary hearings. There are no jury trials at the district court level. The Rhode Island superior court has jurisdiction over tort, contract, real property rights, from $5,000 and up, civil appeals, and miscellaneous civil cases. The superior court has exclusive felony, and criminal appeals jurisdiction. The superior court has jury trials. The Rhode Island supreme court maintains mandatory jurisdiction in civil, non capital criminal, juvenile, disciplinary, advisory opinion, and original proceeding cases. The Rhode Island supreme court has discretionary jurisdiction in administrative agency appeals, interlocutory decision, and original proceeding cases.

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Rhode Island Civil and Divorce Court Records
Judgments, lawsuits, dissolution of marriage, civil court cases.

Rhode Island Criminal Court Records
Felony, misdemeanors and traffic violations.
Rhode Island District Court Records
Filings in my District courthouses.
Civil, family law cases and divorces, personal injury cases, lawsuits, estate planning and probate matters.
Most criminal cases are started when a prosecutor, either a district attorney (who represents a county) or the attorney general (who represents the state), files a complaint with the court.
Rhode Island general jurisdiction court. Hears felony proceedings. Civil matters where the amount exceeds $10,000. Appeals on civil and criminal cases from the District Court.

Providence Superior Court
Licht Judicial Complex
250 Benefit Street Clerk
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
401-222-3250
Michael K. Kelleher, General Chief Clerk
401-222-3250

Kent County Superior Court
Leighton Judicial Complex
222 Quaker Lane Clerk
Warwick, Rhode Island 02886 822-6900
Jury Commissioner’s Office-John T. O’Hara
401-782-4177

Washington County Superior Court
McGrath Judicial Complex
4800 Tower Hill Road Clerk
Wakefield, Rhode Island 02879
401-782-4121
Jury Commissioner’s Office-John T. O’Hara
401-782-4177

Newport County Superior Court
Florence K. Murray Judicial Complex
45 Washington Square Clerk
Newport, Rhode Island 02840
401-841-8330
Jury Commissioner’s Office-John T. O’Hara
401-782-4177

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