Rhode Island

Effective Date: N/A
State:
Rhode Island
Court Type: Appellate
Implementing Authority: N/A
Status: N/A
Time Standards: N/A – Due to the conversion of the Supreme Court’s information system, prior appellate statistical reports are being reviewed and new reports are being developed.  As a result, corresponding time standards are being revisited as well.  It is anticipated that new time standards will be developed, along with the creation of a statistical reports for monitoring purposes.   
 

Effective Date: N/A
State:
Rhode Island
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Civil
Implementing Authority: N/A
Status: Voluntary
Time Standards: N/A – Existing civil statistical report for cases assigned to the trial calendar is being reviewed and corresponding time standards are being revisited as well.  It is anticipated that a new time standard will be developed, along with the creation of a statistical report for monitoring purposes.   
 

Effective Date: 1977
State:
Rhode Island
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Criminal
Implementing Authority: Voluntary Committee of the Supreme Court and Chief Judges of the Trial Courts
Status: Voluntary
Time Standards: Please note:  Over the past two years, performance measures were reviewed as part of the annual budget submission.  As a result, measures were modified to reflect more reasonable, achievable goals.  The information below has been modified to be consistent with the performance measures outlined in the Judiciary’s budget.

Felony:

Superior:
(arraignment to disposition)
75% within 180 days

Misdemeanors:

District:
(arraignment to disposition)
90% within 60 days

Traffic:
(arraignment to disposition)
98% within 60 days
 

Effective Date: 1977
State:
Rhode Island
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Domestic
Implementing Authority: Voluntary Committee of the Supreme Court and Chief Judges of the Trial Courts
Status: Voluntary
Time Standards: Domestic Contested:
(assignment to calendar to disposition)
100% within 1 year
 

Effective Date: 1977
State:
Rhode Island
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Juvenile
Implementing Authority: Voluntary Committee of the Voluntary Committee of the Supreme Court and Chief Judges of the Trial Co
Status: Voluntary
Time Standards:

Juvenile Wayward/Delinquent:
(filing to disposition)
75% within 180 days

Child Protection:
(filing to disposition)

Dependency/neglect/abuse (DNA):
75% within 180 days

Termination of Parental Rights (TPR):
65% within 180 days

 

Monitoring Information:

Rhode Island documents court performance relevant to time standards by producing reports with information compiled at statewide levels.


Reports/summaries with time standards are received by the magistrates, the clerk of court, all judges, the state court administrator, the caseflow management/delay reduction unit, the AOC staff, the Chief Justice, the Supreme Court justices, the administrative personnel, and the trial court administrator. These reports/ summaries are reviewed on a quarterly basis. 

Reports/summaries are published in court publications.
Notes: Although Rhode Island uses percentage of cases resolved within existing time standards to help measure court timeliness for certain case types in most courts, the more universal and widely used measure of court timeliness is disposition (clearance) rate.  Also, the number of pending cases by court for specific case types is another measure frequently used to monitor timeliness.  In addition to monitoring the number of pending cases, some courts review the number and percent of cases that are pending longer than specific time periods.

Please note:  Over the past two years, performance measures were reviewed as part of the annual budget submission.  As a result, measures were modified to reflect more reasonable, achievable goals.  The information in this document has been changed to be consistent with the performance measures outlined in the Judiciary’s budget.