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State of Rhode Island

Methods of Judicial Selection: Rhode Island

Removal of Judges

Judges can be removed in one of two ways:
  • Judges may be impeached by a resolution signed by one fourth of the members of the House of Representatives and convicted by two thirds of the Senate

  • The commission on judicial tenure and discipline reviews complaints against judges. Following a formal hearing, the commission either dismisses the complaint or recommends to the supreme court that the judge be reprimanded, censured, suspended, removed, or retired. The commission may also recommend the retirement of a judge for physical or mental disability.