Providence Courthouses

Last updated: September 27, 2013

Providence, it’s the capital of Rhode Island and one of the oldest cities in the United States. The city is notable for many things--- the American Revolution, Brown University, Federal Hill, ethnic diversity, spectacular Italian food including Angelo’s Civita Farnese, the patriotic song I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy, and, of course, the Mafia.

“The Renaissance City” boasts a population of over 182,000 residents in 25 neighborhoods and only 20.5 square miles of land.  It’s the third largest city by population in the New England region.

If you are in Rhode Islander with a court case in Providence County, you know there are several courthouses servicing the metropolitan area.  If you have a criminal, civil, family law, probate, or worker’s compensation matter, it’s likely in one of the superior or district courts.              

Here we’ve highlighted several key court systems you’ll most likely encounter: the Rhode Island Superior, District, Family and Worker’s Compensation courts, the Rhode Island Supreme Court, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Rhode Island, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island

State Courts

  • Providence/Bristol County Superior Court

    Licht Judicial Complex, 250 Benefit Street
    Providence,
    RI 02903

    Tel: (401) 222-3274

    Divisions: Appeals (District Court), Civil, Criminal (felony), and Drug Court.

    Parking: Limited public parking is available on the streets and surrounding area. Parking garages and lots are available in the area for a fee. Consider riding RIPTA.

    Note: This location also houses Gun Court, the nation’s first court specifically designed to prosecute gun-related crimes. It’s also home to the State Law Library. Jurors serving in Providence County will be provided with free parking and shuttle service to the courthouse. Public bus passes are also provided.

  • 6th Division District Court

    One Dorrance Plaza
    Providence,
    RI 02903

    Tel: (401) 458-5400

    Divisions: Civil (Up to $10,000) Criminal (misdemeanor), Domestic Violence, Family, Juvenile, Probate and Worker’s Compensation.

    Parking: Limited public parking is available on the streets and surrounding area. Parking garages and lots are available in the area and the fee ranges in price. Consider riding RIPTA.

    Note: This court also handles Landlord/Tenant dispute and Small Claims (401) 458-5402. Childcare services are available on 2nd Floor. Call the court for details. If you are in the area during lunch, don’t miss the “Murder Burger” at Haven’s Brother’s Diner

  • Rhode Island Supreme Court

    250 Benefit Street, 7th floor
    Providence,
    RI 02903

    Tel: (401) 222-3274

    Parking: Limited public parking is available on the streets and surrounding area. Parking garages and lots are available in the area and the fee ranges in price. Consider riding RIPTA.

    Note: This is highest court in Rhode Island and has absolute appellate jurisdiction over all Superior court matters. Rhode Island does not have an intermediate appellate division.

Federal Courts

  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Rhode Island

    380 Westminster Street, 6th Floor
    Providence,
    RI 02903

    Tel: (401) 626-3100

    Parking: InTown Parking Inc. offers visitors discounted parking rates at the following locations:

    Lot 1: 357 Westminster Street (across from Federal Center between Snow and Aborn Streets).

    Lot 2: 80 Snow Street at Grace Church

    Lot 3: Chapel Street (Behind the Federal Center) at corner of Empire and Weybosset.

    You can also take RIPTA. Use routes 11, 20 and 22 from the corner of Empire Street and Weybosset Street.

    Note: This location handles all bankruptcy proceedings for Rhode Island residents. If you’re filing for bankruptcy, click here for more information.