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News & Announcements: 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...


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.


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.


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...


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 or by submission to the Clerk's Office....


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


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

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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:...


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...


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


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...


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.

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
Please click ...

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.


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 ...