Rhode Island Superior Court
The Rhode Island Superior Court is the trial court of general jurisdiction in Rhode Island.
The Superior Courts have jurisdiction over felonies, civil matters where the amount in controversy exceeds $10,000, and in matters of equity. Jurisdiction is concurrent with the District Court on civil matters with amounts in controversy from $5,000-$10,000. Superior Courts may also hears appeals on cases from the District Courts.
The five counties in Rhode Island are divided into four judicial districts:
- Rhode Island Kent Judicial District
- Rhode Island Washington Judicial District
- Rhode Island Newport Judicial District
- Rhode Island Providence/Bristol Judicial District
The justices of the Superior Court can serve in any of the four districts.
The Superior Court has a Presiding Justice, 21 Associate Justices and five Magistrate judges. Judges receive office via the merit method.
- General Magistrate Patricia L. Harwood
- Special Magistrate Patrick T. Burke
- Magistrate John F. McBurney III
- Magistrate Susan L. Revens
- Magistrate John F. Flynn
- News: Matos sworn in as new Superior Court judge, July 15, 2012
- News: Rhode Island Superior Court magistrate vacancy attracts 12 applicants, February 29, 2012
- News: Rhode Island Representative Leo Medina charged with felony misappropriation of funds, September 12, 2011
- News: Judicial Nominating Commission forwards five names to Governor Chafee, July 31, 2011
- News: Summary judgment requested over pension cuts, May 31, 2011