Court Systems

Headline:

Face coverings are no longer required for people entering state court buildings.

Last-reviewed: 9am, June 22, 2022

Key Resource:

The Basics

  • RI state court operation information here.
  • Face coverings are not required for people entering the RI court buildings. More information here.

The Breakdown

State Courts
  • As of March 4, 2022 by RI Supreme Court order, face coverings are no longer required to enter state court buildings. Other restrictions have been lifted. Jury and bench trials have resumed. In person hearings and walk-in filings have resumed.
  • 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.

Resources:

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. More information 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.