The structure of the Rhode Island judicial system is laid out in Article X of the state constitution. The state court system is made up of the Supreme Court, the Rhode Island Superior Court, the Rhode Island District Court, the Rhode Island Family Court, the Rhode Island Workers' Compensation Court and the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal.
The federal court system is made up of the District of Rhode Island and the District of Rhode Island Bankruptcy Court. Appeals go to the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals.
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There are 5 counties in Rhode Island. Each county is served by a Superior Court and a District Court. The people of Rhode Island are also served by a Family Court, a Workers' Compensation Court, and a Traffic Tribunal.
To see a list of counties in Rhode Island, please see - Rhode Island counties
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Judges in Rhode Island are appointed for life. Candidates are chosen by a nominating commission and, from those candidates, the Governor makes the appointment. Appointees must then be confirmed by both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
There are no judicial elections in Rhode Island.
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