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5/8/2020 COVID-19 UPDATE: Courts Tentatively Set to Reopen on Monday May 18th

Posted by Matthew Marin | May 08, 2020 | 1 Comment

Early last month the Rhode Island State Judiciary issued an Order continuing the closure of courts to non-emergency matters through May 17th.  All jury trial and grand jury matters will continued to be postponed through May 17th.  The Order allows trial judges to scheduled a bench trial before the re-opening date as long as the proceedings are conducted remotely with the consent of the parties and public access is provided.

As it currently stands, the Rhode Island State Court system appears poised to re-open on Monday May 18th.  Since the Courts initial closure on March 13th, all criminal and traffic court cases have been either rescheduled or held open to be rescheduled and given a new Court date.  Most (if not all) Superior Court cases and Traffic Tribunal cases have been assigned a new court date that can be obtained by searching the Judicial Records on the State's public portal here:  Alternatively, most Rhode Island District Court cases have simply been held open and not assigned new Court dates.  Once again, you can check the public portal above to see if a District Court case has been assigned a new Court date.  If it has not been given a new Court date after the tentatively scheduled May 18th re-opening date then either you or your lawyer may need to contact the District Court Clerk's office to obtain information about when your case will be heard.

If you need help with a criminal or a traffic court matter, do not hesitate to contact our team of Rhode Island Criminal Defense Attorneys today.  Although COVID-19 has slowed the legal system, we are working 7 days a week to assist clients in need and are available to speak with you and assist you with your legal issue.  Contact us 24/7 at 401-228-8271.

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Matthew Marin

Attorney Matthew T. Marin is a highly skilled criminal defense lawyer with an outstanding track record in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. With expertise in DUI/DWI, drug offenses, domestic violence, and white-collar crimes, he is dedicated to providing personalized and effective representation for his clients. A "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers and a member of the National College for DUI Defense and the National Trial Lawyers Top 100, Attorney Marin is committed to staying current with the latest legal developments and giving back to his community through pro bono work.


Tonia Reply

Posted May 14, 2020 at 16:55:40

The courts should reopen as business are now opened throughout the state. The governor needs to realize if a moratorium will only encourage tenants to not pay rent and abuse the covid19 viral thing. The infection rate is low, and unemployment rates are high with generous federal payouts. I hope she does not reset the clock for court opening as scheduled

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