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State of Rhode Island

Methods of Judicial Selection: Rhode Island

Limited Jurisdiction Courts

Family Court
Jurisdiction: juvenile, adult, and domestic relations cases
Selection of Judges: gubernatorial appointment from nominating commission with senate confirmation
Retention of Judges: NA
Qualifications: attorney; licensed in state; state bar member in good standing
District Court
Jurisdiction: criminal cases; civil cases < $10,000
Selection of Judges: gubernatorial appointment from nominating commission with senate confirmation
Retention of Judges: NA
Qualifications: attorney; licensed in state; state bar member in good standing
Traffic Court
Jurisdiction: all non-criminal matters involving traffic cases
Selection of Judges: gubernatorial appointment from nominating commission with senate confirmation
Retention of Judges: NA
Qualifications: attorney; licensed in state; state bar member in good standing
Worker's Compensation Court
Jurisdiction: all controversies regarding workers' compensation claims
Selection of Judges: gubernatorial appointment from nominating commission with senate confirmation
Retention of Judges: N/A
Qualifications: attorney; licensed in state; state bar member in good standing