Court Systems


Courts are generally open and operating with few restrictions. Always check court websites for details.

Last-reviewed: 2pm, Jan. 25, 2023

Key Resources:

The Basics

  • RI state court operation information here.
  • The RI Judiciary’s Committee on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the RI Courts fourth quarterly report here.

The Breakdown

State Courts
  • Most COVID-related restrictions have been lifted. Jury and bench trials have resumed. In person hearings and walk-in filings have resumed. More information here.
  • Workers’ Compensation Court implemented new protocols for their mediation program. More information here.
  • The Family Court issued this memo with revised procedures. Of note, links to remote access hearings will no longer be emailed. All links will be accessible through the judiciary’s website.


Federal Courts
  • The US Federal District Court in RI has resumed normal operations including in-person filings and inquiries to the Clerk’s office. All visitors must wear a mask. Memorandum on Court Operations updated November 17, 2022 is here.
Municipal Courts
  • Each municipality maintains their own court schedules. Check with individual city halls for the latest information.

The Bottom Line

  • Courts are generally open. Care teams can share updates about court operations and case look-up tools like this one.