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Rhode Island Court Decisions
A diagram of the state court system (called a “Court Structure Chart” and including a summary of each court’s jurisdiction) is available on the web site of the National Center for State Courts.
Rhode Island Constitution and Legislation
See also a database of statewide ballot measures maintained by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
- Constitution (R.I. Const.)
- General Laws of Rhode Island (R.I. Gen. Laws)
These are the codified laws.
Rhode Island Rules of Procedure and Practice
Rhode Island Administrative Law Sources
See also a page of links to sources of rules, maintained by the Administrative Codes and Registers Section of the National Association of Secretaries of State.
The secretary of state maintains a search interface through which all regulations promulgated by a selected agency can be obtained. No compilation of regulations is available for browsing.
Rhode Island Ordinances and Home-Rule Charters
Ordinances are local laws, commonly organized into codes, that have been enacted by municipalities — cities, towns, etc. — and counties. Charters are organic laws (similar in function to a constitution) of those local government entities for which “home rule” is authorized by state law. For local laws not found through the links given here, try the county web sites and municipality web sites at “State and Local Government on the Net” by Piper Resources, or a publisher’s web site:
Rhode Island Law-Related Periodicals
Periodicals providing on-line articles are linked here. See also links to all Rhode Island law-review web sites as well as links to web sites of all U.S.-published law reviews and periodicals.
Other Rhode Island Commentary
Rhode Island Law-Related Topical Web Sites
Rhode Island Court Information
See also links to state court web sites, maintained by the National Center for State Courts. Additionally, see Judgepedia, a Wikipedia-style web site, self-described as “an encyclopedia about judges and courts,” which is maintained by the Sam Adams Alliance (Illinois).
Rhode Island Forms
- State Courts: Forms
- Taxation Division: Forms
- Business Entity Forms
Other Rhode Island Resources
Bar Associations ♦ Law-Related Organizations
See the National Federation of Paralegal Associations for links to websites of member organizations.
Consulate General of Canada in Boston
Canadian consular services for Rhode Island residents.
Legal Research and Assistance
Rhode Island Bar Association — Information on Legal Topics
Bankruptcy Law and Procedures for Rhode Island Residents
[Calicchia & Kinast LLP (Ohio)] — This web site, presented by a Cleveland bankruptcy law firm, covers basic information about the bankruptcy process, describes debt consolidation and credit counseling as alternatives to bankruptcy, lists the property that an individual is allowed to keep (with citations to governing provisions of Rhode Island law), and gives information about the bankruptcy courts and how to contact bankruptcy attorneys in Rhode Island.
Low-Cost Legal Aid
See also the web site for LawHelp.org and the web site for SelfHelpSupport.org.
- Rhode Island Legal Help for the Poor
[Am. Bar Ass’n] — Contact information for statewide and local legal-aid programs, from the ABA’s Directory of Pro Bono Programs. The ABA also provides a page of links to pro bono programs’ web sites.
- WomensLaw.org — Sources of Legal Help
[WomensLaw.org (N.Y.)] — Sources of legal help (not limited to legal help for women) include statewide domestic-violence resources, local domestic-violence resources listed by city or town, free or low-cost legal services, and lawyer referral services.
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