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09/25/2020

In response to the spread of the COVID-19, the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island has issued the following order regarding courthouse visitation and access restrictions to the United States Courthouse and the portion of the John O. Pastore Building occupied by the Court.  Click here for more information. 

09/22/2020

In order to administer hearings and jury trials that are scheduled to occur in the U.S. Courthouse in a fair, just, efficient and safe manner, the Court issues its General Order establishing the protocol for such matters that are scheduled to take place within the U.S. Courthouse.  Click here for more information.  

09/22/2020

Due to the declaration of a pandemic/public health emergency, the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island issues its fifth general order regarding the continutiy of operations.  Click here for more information.  

09/14/2020

On September 24, 2020, the Federal District Court is partnering with Roger Williams University American Indian Student Association and the United States Attorney’s Office to provide a 2-hour virtual symposium dedicated to information and instruction on domestic violence and trafficking specifically involving indigenous women.  For additional details about the program, click here.

The symposium will begin at 12:00 PM and...

09/14/2020

The U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island is soliciting quotations for the purchase and installation of a modular office/wall system to be installed on the 4th floor of the Federal Courthouse.
Please see link below for further details.

USDC RI 20-01SF 9.14.20

08/26/2020

The United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island (Court) is seeking Open Market quotes for (17) Microsoft Surface Laptop 3's or equivalent. Please see link below for further details.

RFQ - RID-2020-082620

 

 

06/30/2020

The Judges of the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island have reappointed Magistrate Judge Lincoln D. Almond to a new eight-year term commencing September 10, 2020, and Magistrate Judge Patricia A. Sullivan to a new eight-year term commencing October 1, 2020 upon the recommendation of a Merit Selection Panel appointed pursuant to the Order dated January 6, 2020.  More information can be found here

06/29/2020

Due to the declaration of a pandemic/public health emergency, the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island issues its fourth general order regarding the continutiy of operations.  Click Here for more information.  

06/26/2020

The Federal Judiciary is happy to announce the launch of the Judiciary’s redesigned PACER information website which can be found here.  The website, which will launch on June 28, 2020, provides a wide range of resources and information about PACER and electronic public access services to the public, as well as easy access to PACER and PACER-related applications. New features include:

• Mobile friendly design;
• New tool to search for...

06/18/2020

The Honorable Mary M. Lisi, Senior District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, has been designated to assist the Court during the period beginning on June 15, 2020, and ending on December 31, 2020.  Judge Lisi will not be...

06/10/2020

Attorney Zoom Training – June 17th, June 24th and July 1st 

This 1.5-...

05/22/2020

The Court has issued the follow General Order regarding Depositions in civil cases during the Coronavirus Pandemic. For more information, please click here

05/06/2020

Due to the declaration of a pandemic/public health emergency, the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island issues its third general order regarding the continutiy of operations.  Click here for more information.  

05/06/2020

As outlined in this Court’s prior General Orders regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the current public health crisis surrounding the outbreak and spread of COVID-19 is causing and is expected to continue to cause significant disruption throughout the District of Rhode Island. As a result, the Court has a need to clarify the application of certain rules with respect to signatures on documents. Click here for more information.  ...

04/29/2020

Letter from the Judges of the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island providing important information about the operation of the Court in light of the status of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Letter can be found here

04/16/2020

In response to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, counsel for persons detained at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility (“Wyatt”) have filed applications for release in individual cases pending in this District. A primary basis cited in each of these applications is the risk of contracting COVID-19 because of their continued confinement. Persons at Wyatt are primarily pre-trial detainees under a contract with the United States Marshals Service (USMS) and immigration detainees under contract...

04/07/2020

The Court has issued the following General Order shortening the response and reply times to emergency motions filed citing COVID-19 as grounds for the relief sought pursuant to LR Cv 7(a)(3) and LR Cr 47(a)(3).  For more information please click here.  

04/01/2020

In our continued effort to serve the public effectively and efficiently during the COVID-19 pandemic, the public will be able to listen to Court hearings by dialing into judge specific phone numbers.  For more information please click here

03/30/2020

The following amended general order shall apply to all criminal matters in the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. The Court finds that a public health crisis exists, and it is in the best interest of the Defendants, their attorneys, court staff, U.S. Marshals Service and the public that human contact be minimized to the greatest extent. Please click here for more information.  

03/27/2020

The Court has issued a general order regarding the submission of interim CJA vouchers during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The general order can be found here.

03/21/2020

The Court finds that a public health crisis exists, and it is in the best interest of the Defendants, their attorneys, court staff, U.S. Marshals Service and the public that human contact be minimized to the greatest extent.  Therefore, the following order shall apply to all criminal matters in the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island.  Please click here for more information.  

03/19/2020

Due to the declaration of a pandemic/public health emergency, the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island issues its second general order effective Friday, March 20, 2020 regarding the continutiy of operations restricting public access to the section of the John O. Pastore building that is occupied by the court.  Click here for more information.  

03/18/2020

The United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island wants to assure the public that we are 100% operational. While public access to our physical facility will be limited due to the public health guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) and local health officials, we are heeding the social distancing recommendations but employees continue the important work of justice via telework computing.  More information can be...

03/13/2020

Due to the declaration of a pandemic/public health emergency, the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island issues the following order effective Monday, March 16, 2020 regarding the continutiy of operations.  Please click here for details.  

03/13/2020

In response to the spread of the COVID-19 virus (cononavirus), the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island has issued the following order restricting access to the United States Courthouse and the portion of the John O. Pastore Building occupied by the Court.  Please click here for details.  

03/02/2020

In light of the recent announcements from the Rhode Island Department of Health regarding the COVID-19/Coronavirus, the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island would like to assure the public that we are following all recommended guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure the safety and health of our customers and staff. Please note the...

02/25/2020

The United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island will provide a number of educational opportunities for members of the bar.  The first event is a Lunch and Learn to Meet Judge Mary S. McElroy on March 26, 2020.  If you have questions about these educational programs, contact Rana_Smith@rid.uscourts.gov (link sends e-mail)...

02/20/2020

The Local Rules Review Committee of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island has issued a Request for Suggested Changes to the Local Rules.  Information about submitting a suggested change to the Local Rules can be found here...

01/17/2020

The Court's Case Management/Electronic Case Files ("CM/ECF") system will be down for server maintenance from Saturday, January 18th at 8:00 a.m. through Sunday January 19th at noon. In case of a litigation-related emergency during this period, please call (401) 752-7099 and leave a message that includes your name, a phone number where you can be reached, and the nature of your emergency. A Clerk’s Office staff member will return your call promptly.

01/06/2020

The current terms of United States Magistrate Judge Lincoln D. Almond and United States Magistrate Judge Patricia A. Sullivan are due to expire on September 9, 2020, and September 30, 2020, respectively.

As required by law, the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island has established a Merit Selection Panel to consider the reappointment of United States Magistrate Judge Lincoln D. Almond and United States Magistrate Judge Patricia A. Sullivan to an eight (8) year...

01/06/2020

The current terms of United States Magistrate Judge Lincoln D. Almond and United States Magistrate Judge Patricia A. Sullivan are due to expire on September 9, 2020, and September 30, 2020, respectively. As required by law, the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island has established a Merit Selection Panel to consider the reappointment of United States Magistrate Judge Lincoln D. Almond and United States Magistrate Judge Patricia A. Sullivan to an eight (8) year term.  ...

12/31/2019

In observance of the holiday, the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island will close on December 31st at 2 p.m. and remain closed on January 1, 2020.  In case of a litigation-related emergency during this period, please call (401) 752-7099 and leave a message that includes your name, a phone number where you can be reached, and the nature of your emergency...

12/19/2019

In observance of the Christmas holiday, the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island will be closed on December 24th and December 25th and re-open to the public on December 26th.  In case of a litigation-related emergency during this period, please call (401) 752-7099 and leave a message that includes your name, a phone number where you can be reached, and...

12/16/2019

Due to the winter weather advisory, the Court will open Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 10:00 am. In case of a litigation-related emergency during this period, please call (401) 752-7099 and leave a message that includes your name, a phone number where you can be reached, and the nature of your emergency. A Clerk’s Office staff member will return your call promptly. The public is reminded that electronic filing will be available through the Court’s Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF...

12/02/2019

Due to the winter weather advisory, the Court will open Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at noon. In case of a litigation-related emergency during this period, please call (401) 752-7099 and leave a message that includes your name, a phone number where you can be reached, and the nature of your emergency. A Clerk’s Office staff member will return your call promptly. The public is reminded that electronic filing will be available through the Court’s Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF)...

12/01/2019

Effective December 1, 2019, the Honorable John J. McConnell, Jr. assumed the position of Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island.  For more information, please click here

11/25/2019

The United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island has approved amendments to the Local Rules effective December 1, 2019.  The order adopting the amendments, along with the amended rules, can be found...

10/24/2019

The United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, in partnership with the Roger Williams University School of Law and the Rhode Island Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, is proud to announce its comprehensive hands-on deposition skills training program.

This program will provide hands-on training in deposition skills and will take place from December 11 to 13, 2019. The course will be an intensive three-day program to be held at the Federal Courthouse in...

10/17/2019

Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2071(b), Fed. R. Civ. P. 83(a)(1), and Fed. R. Crim. P. 57(a)(1), the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island gives notice that proposed amendments to the Court’s Local Rules are being considered for adoption.  Any comments must be submitted, in writing, no later than November 15, 2019, via e-mail to Local_Rules@rid.uscourts.gov or by submission to the Clerk's Office.  The notice and the rules can...

10/08/2019

The Honorable Mary S. McElroy is seeking a term law clerk.  Please see the below vacancy announcement for information on how to apply. 

Vacancy Announcement

10/01/2019

Chief Judge William E. Smith cordially invites members of the bar to attend the 2019 District Conference, "Independence and the Courts" scheduled to take place on Friday, October 18, 2019, at the Omni Providence Hotel.  More information can be found below.

Letter from Chief Judge William E. Smith

09/20/2019

The Judicial Conference doubled the quarterly fee waiver for users of the Public Access to Court Electronic Records system (PACER) from $15 to $30. This will result in more than 75 percent of the system’s users paying no fee in a given quarter.  PACER provides the public with instantaneous access to virtually every document filed in every federal court. No tax dollars are expended for the operation and maintenance of PACER. Only those who use the system...

09/05/2019

The United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island will be closed to the public from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 6, 2019 to facilitate the attendance of court personnel at a district-wide training.  Please see the attached notice for more information. 

08/30/2019

We are pleased to announce that the registration for the upcoming 2019 District Conference “Independence & the Courts” is now open.

Please click here for information and to register.

08/08/2019

The United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island (Court) is seeking quotes for a one-year leased parking agreement. Please quote the monthly charge per parking space.

COVERAGE PERIOD: September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2020

Parking RFQ 2019-2020

07/30/2019

The U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island has entered into an acceptence of service agreement with the Commissioner of Social Security and the U.S. Attorney's Office.  The Commissioner and the U.S. Attorney have agreed to accept the summons and complaint as outlined in Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(i)(1)(A, B, and C) in actions filed pursuant to § 205(g) of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. § 405(g) by electronic means via the Court’s Case Management/Electronic Case Files System (“CM/ECF...

07/15/2019

The United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island adopted its revised Jury Selection Plan on May 9, 2019, and the First Circuit Judicial Council approved the revised plan on July 10, 2019. The revised Jury Plan can be found here.

07/11/2019

The United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island will host its next Lunch & Learn offering CLE credits on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm ...

07/02/2019

 

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Quartino at lisa_quartino@...

05/24/2019

Pursuant to an agreement between the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General, the Attorney General has agreed to accept service of a complaint naming the State of Rhode Island or its employees by electronic means via the Court’s Case Management/Electronic Case Files System (“CM/ECF”) when the Court authorizes a plaintiff to proceed in forma pauperis under 28 U.S.C. §1915.  More information regarding the agreement can be found...

05/24/2019

The United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island revised its Criminal Justice Act Plan (“CJA Plan”) on April 5, 2019, and the First Circuit Judicial Council approved the revised CJA Plan on May 3, 2019.  Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. §3006A(a) and the...

05/16/2019

The Rhode Island Chapter of the Federal Bar Association is pleased to invite all summer associates and legal interns to the 2019 Summer Associate & Legal Intern Lunch with the Federal Judges.

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04/22/2019

Steven Sloman, Ph.D and Joachim Krueger. Ph.D will present the psychology and cognitive science of implicit bias. Registration is free and limited to the first 50 attorneys who register.  1 CLE credit offered.  Register by clicking here

04/19/2019

The United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island will provide a number of opportunities for members of the bar to earn CLE credits in 2019.  The first event is the Attorney Admissions Program on May 8, 2019.  If you are interested in becoming a member of the Court's bar or have any questions about these CLE programs, contact Rana_Smith@rid.uscourts.gov. See the...

03/21/2019

Register Now ...The United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, in partnership with the Roger Williams University School of Law and the Rhode Island Chapter of the Federal Bar...

02/08/2019

The Local Rules Review Committee of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island has issued a Request for Suggested Changes to the Local Rules.  Information about submitting a suggested change to the Local Rules can be found...

01/11/2019

The District Judges of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island have recently added language to their Pretrial Scheduling Orders regarding discovery disputes. As of the date of this notice, no discovery motions shall be filed until after the party in good faith tries to resolve the matter with opposing counsel. If that does not resolve the dispute, the party must first have an informal conference with the Court, which can be arranged by contacting the judge’s case...

12/27/2018

The First Circuit announced an extended application deadline for the bankruptcy judge position in Boston. The announcement can be found here and the application here.

12/27/2018

Despite the government shutdown, the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island will be open for business as usual. The federal courts currently have sufficient funds on hand to maintain normal operations through January 11, 2019. In the event of a prolonged shutdown, the Court will provide further guidance. All proceedings and deadlines will remain in effect as...

11/19/2018

On November 19, 2018, the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island approved 23 amendments to the Court's Local Rules.  The amended local rules will become effective on December 1, 2018.  The general order and approved amendments can be found here.

10/10/2018

Due to the retirement announcement of the Honorable Joan N. Feeney, Chief Judge Jeffrey R. Howard of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has announced the formation of a Bankruptcy Merit Selection Panel to screen and review applicants for the resulting bankruptcy judgeship vacancy in Boston, Massachusetts. More...

10/04/2018

The U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island invites public comment on proposed amendments to the Court’s Local Rules. Any comments must be submitted, in writing, no later than November 5, 2018, via e-mail to Local_Rules@rid.uscourts.gov or by submission to the Clerk's Office....

08/24/2018

The U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island has become aware of scam phone calls that appear to be coming from the Court’s main number, (401) 752-7200. These calls are not from the U.S. District Court, and individuals should not provide personal or financial information to callers claiming to be Court officials or law enforcement personnel. Click here for more information about phone scams

08/20/2018

Registration for the upcoming Litigation Academy “Direct & Cross Examination of Expert Witnesses” program is now open.

Please click link below:

http://events.eventzilla.net/e/litigation-academy-direct--cross-examination-of-expert-witnesses-2138954830

08/15/2018

In 2018, the Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure approved publication of proposed amendments to the following rules:

  • Appellate Rules 35, 40;
  • Bankruptcy Rules 2002, 2004, 8012;
  • Civil Rule 30; and
  • Evidence Rule 404.

The comment period opened August 15, 2018 and closes February 15, 2019. For more information and to read the text of the proposed amendments and supporting materials please visit:...

07/30/2018

The U.S. Marshals and the FBI are alerting the public of several nationwide imposter scams involving individuals claiming to be U.S. marshals, court officers, or other law enforcement officials. They are urging people to report the calls their local FBI office and file a consumer complaint with the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") which has the ability to detect patterns of fraud from the information collected and share that data with law enforcement.

During these calls, scammers...

07/27/2018

The United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island (Court) is seeking quotes for a one-year leased parking agreement. Please quote the monthly charge per parking space.

COVERAGE PERIOD: September 1, 2018 through August 31, 2019

Parking RFQ 2018-2019

07/24/2018

It has come to our attention that some vendors may have received the attached notice regarding annual renewal of their registration in the Systems for Award Management (SAM) database.  This notice should be disregarded and is considered to be an attempt to fraudulently obtain vendor information.  All vendor updates should be done by vendor employees and never a third party.  This will protect their banking information and other sensitive information.  It is important...

07/09/2018

The Court's CM/ECF system will be unavailable from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon on Saturday, July 14, 2018 for a hardware upgrade.

06/28/2018
The United States District Court and the United States Probation and Pretrial Services
Office for the District of Rhode Island are pleased to announce that both offices will soon launch
a newly designed website. The new design allows for a responsive and compatible layout for all
platforms with a focus on an intuitive site-wide navigation platform with improved menu
functionality.
 
Please click ...
06/13/2018

The Rhode Island Chapter of the Federal Bar Association presents a lunch and panel discussion with our Federal Judges. The Judges will share words of wisdom and practice tips. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the Judges and network with each other.

This program is open to all summer associates and legal interns.

Please click here for more information.

03/27/2018

Register Now....The United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, in partnership with the Roger Williams University School of Law and the Rhode Island Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, is proud to announce its comprehensive hands-on deposition skills training program.

This program will provide hands-on training in deposition skills and will take ...

11/01/2017

Pursuant to L.R. Gen 203(c)(3), the registration fee for the 2018 Bar Membership Renewal Period is established at $25.00, and the late fee is established at $40.00.