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Courts in Rhode Island

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The courts in Rhode Island include the state court system and two federal courts.[1]

The structure of Rhode Island's state court system.

Appellate Courts

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Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is the court of last resort in the state.[2]

Trial Courts

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Rhode Island Superior Court

The Superior Court is the trial court of general jurisdiction. It has jurisdiction in all felony cases and civil cases where the amount in dispute is over $10,000. The five counties of Rhode Island are divided into four judicial districts.[2][3]

Rhode Island District Court

The District Court tries criminal misdemeanor cases and civil cases where the amount in dispute is no more than $10,000. There are no jury trials in the District Court.[2]

Rhode Island Family Court

The Family Court has jurisdiction over domestic relations issues involving children. It includes the specialized Juvenile Drug Court, Truancy Court and Domestic Violence Court.[2]

Rhode Island Workers' Compensation Court

The Workers' Compensation Court has jurisdiction over all workers' compensation matters.[2]

Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal

The Traffic Tribunal hears traffic cases and keeps records of driving accidents and violations.[2]

Federal courts

There are two federal courts in Rhode Island, the District of Rhode Island and the District of Rhode Island Bankruptcy Court.[4]

Appeals from these federal courts go to the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals.

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