In the interest of informing the public about the work of the Court, below please find helpful information pertaining to visiting the court, court history and general information about the federal judiciary. Members of the media should also consult the Media Resources section of the Court’s site by clicking here.
Courthouse Visitors Policy
All visitors to the U.S. Courthouse and the portion of the John O. Pastore Building that is occupied by the Court (“Courthouse”) must present valid photo identification issued by a government agency (e.g., driver’s license or bar card) in order to access the Courthouse.
Visitors must submit to screening and place all bags, briefcases and other personal items on an x-ray machine to be screened. Additionally, visitors may be asked to remove belts, watches, jewelry and shoes.
The general public is prohibited from bringing any electronic device into the Courthouse. All devices will be checked and stored at the security screening station in the Courthouse lobby. No exceptions will be made.
More information pertaining to visiting the Courthouse can be found below
- Local Rule - Gen 112 - Use of Cellular Phones and Other Electronic Devices
- Policy on Service of Civil Process in Courthouse – 9/9/2010
Civics Education Program
The United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island provides civics education programs to the public. If you are interested in having your group come of the Courthouse for a civics program/courthouse tour, please complete this form and return it by email.
- Directions to the Courthouse
- Map of Downtown Providence (The Map provides walking directions from the Convention Center Parking Garage to the Courthouse.)
- Picture of the US District Courthouse (Photograph courtesy of Carol M. Highsmith.)
The Clerk's Office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Phone: (401) 752-7200
Fax: (401) 752-7247
Federal Building and Courthouse
One Exchange Terrace
Providence, RI 02903
If you have a question or comment, please contact ContactUs@RID.USCOURTS.GOV or call (401) 752-7200