Amendments to Superior Court Rules of Criminal Procedure

06/22/2017 -

According to an email sent to Bar members from the Rhode Island Supreme Court, proposed amendments to the Superior Court Rules of Criminal Procedure adopted by a majority of the judicial officers of the Superior Court have been approved.

These amendments coincide with the conversion of criminal cases to the Judiciary's new case management system. Effective September 5, 2017, all criminal cases in the Superior Court will be electronically charged (filed) by the Office of the Attorney General in the electronic case filing system. Electronic filings of subsequent pleadings in these cases will be mandatory.

The Superior Court Rules of Criminal Procedure will continue to be open for public comment until further order of the Supreme Court so that attorneys and the public can provide additional comment after having the opportunity to use the electronic filing system in conjunction with the new rules. The Superior Court Rules of Criminal Procedure will remain available for viewing in the Supreme Court Clerk's Office and on the Rhode Island Judiciary's website at www.courts.ri.gov by clicking on the heading of Court Rules - Public Comment under the Self-help Center box on the home page.

A direct link to the rules is here.

Any person interested in offering comment concerning these proposed amendments to the Superior Court Rules of Criminal Procedure may do so by submitting memoranda in writing to the Clerk of the Supreme Court until further order of the Court.