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The Superior Court is the trial court of general jurisdiction in the Rhode Island unified state court system, having original jurisdiction in all felony proceedings, in civil matters where the amount in controversy exceeds $10,000, and in matters of equity. Jurisdiction is concurrent with the District Court as to civil matters with amounts at issue from $5,000-$10,000. The Superior Court also hears appeals on civil and criminal cases from the District Court. Rhode Island's five counties are divided into four Superior Court jurisdictions: Kent, Washington, and Newport; with Providence/Bristol counties comprising one jurisdiction. Rhode Island does not have a single trial court, however the Superior Court is the forum for a trial by jury and a stenographic record of proceedings. Appeals from trials held in the District Court result in a trial de novo, or entirely new trial, in Superior Court.

From here you are able to inquire on Rhode Island state case records including docket entries, parties, judgments, and charges in public courts. In common law jurisdictions, a court of record is a court that keeps permanent records of its proceedings. Judgments of a trial court of record are normally subject to appellate review. In many jurisdictions, all courts are courts of record. In many jurisdictions, courts that have the power to fine or imprison must be courts of record. In almost all jurisdictions, a court of record will have a court clerk whose primary duty is to maintain the permanent records. Traditionally, a court of record was required to have its own unique seal, which was used to authenticate its judgments and copies of its records.

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Rhode Island Courts - Links to Online Sites

Rhode Island Supreme Court
Licht Judicial Complex
250 Benefit Street
Providence, RI
Phone: (401) 222-3272

Rhode Island Superior Courts

Providence Superior Court
Licht Judicial Complex
250 Benefit Street
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-3250

Kent County Superior Court
Leighton Judicial Complex
222 Quaker Lane
Warwick, RI 02886
(401) 822-6900

Washington County Superior Court
McGrath Judicial Complex
4800 Tower Hill Road
Wakefield, RI 02879
(401) 782-4121

Newport County Superior Court
Florence K. Murray Judicial Complex
45 Washington Square
Newport, RI 02840
(401) 841-8330

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