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News & Announcements: 2023


The U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island is alerting the public of several imposter scams involving individuals pretending to be court officials, U.S. marshals, or other law enforcement officers.  For detailed information please see the following notice.  Notice Regarding Scam Phone Calls


At its September 2022 session, the Judicial Conference approved an inflationary adjustment to the maximum per page original and copy transcript fee rates as well as amended the names of four (4) transcript delivery categories.  These changes are scheduled to become effective October 1, 2023.  For detailed information, please see the...


In recognition of the important role the Judiciary plays in assisting victims of domestic violence and in compliance with the POWER Act, we are pleased to cosponsor a virtual POWER Act event which will take place on Friday, September 22, 2023 at Noon (EST). Please see the flyer attached.

Click here to register for the event



The current term of office of Mildred Cabán, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Puerto Rico, is due to expire on March 16, 2024. Members of the bar and the public are invited to submit comments for consideration by the Court of Appeals regarding the reappointment. Additional information can be found here. 


CM/ECF filers should be aware of the potential to inadvertently share restricted documents when using third-party services or software.  For additional informnation about this issue, please see the Court's notice.


The Honorable William E. Smith of the United States District Court of the District of Rhode Island has advised President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. he will become a Senior Judge on January 1, 2025.  More details can be found here


The Court has adopted an emergency amendment to LR Gen 112 by general order to permit the Clerk to provide a narrowcast transmission to civil proceedings held by video conference pursuant to LR Cv 78 and courtroom proceedings in civil and select criminal cases.  Information regarding public access to court proceedings can be found...


We are deeply saddened to report the passing of the Honorable Ronald R. Lagueux.  Please find an official notice from the Court.  CLICK HERE.


Registration for the Litigation Academy - Deposition Skills Program is now open! This program will provide hands-on training in deposition skills and will take place from May 16 to 18, 2023. The course will be an intensive three-day program to be held at the Federal Courthouse. The faculty teaching the program will include federal and state judges, Roger Williams Law School faculty, and experienced Rhode Island trial lawyers. This program offers 13 CLE credits, including 1 ethics credit....


The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit is accepting applications for the position of Federal Public Defender for the District of Puerto Rico.  More information can be found here: District of Puerto Rico Federal Public Defender Vacancy Announcement 2023.pdf (


The U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island hereby establishes a Court Advisory Council.  More details about the structure of the Council and the appointment of its members can be found below.  

General Order Establishing the Court Advisory Council

Amended General...