Rhode Island District Court

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The Rhode Island District Court is the trial court of limited jurisdiction in Rhode Island.[1]


The district court has jurisdiction over cases regarding small claims, violations of municipal ordinances and misdemeanors when the right to a jury trial has been waived. If a defendant opts for a jury trial, the case is transferred to the superior court. Appeals from district court go to the superior court for "trial de novo."[1]


The district court is divided into four divisions:

  • Second Division
  • Third Division
  • Fourth Division
  • Sixth Division[1]


The chief judge for the Rhode Island district courts and their divisions is Jeanne E. LaFazia. The associate judges are:

Former judges

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