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RI Superior Court Reduction of In-Person Court Matters Memo; ABA Rhode Island State Delegate Vacancy; Update on the 2020 Superior Court Settlement Week; Online Tools for Restaurants and Bars Subject to Early-Closing Order

According to a memo from RI Superior Court Presiding Justice Alice B. Gibney to the Judicial Officers of the Superior Court, the RI Superior Court will move to further reduce in-person court matters starting November 16, 2020. Please click here to view Justice Gibney’s entire message.

There is a vacancy in the position of Rhode Island state delegate to the American Bar Association for a three-year term beginning at the adjournment of the 2021 ABA Annual Meeting. There is no limit to the number of candidates who may be nominated, and the nominations are made only on the initiative of members themselves. Nominating petitions are provided only upon request and must be filed with the Board of Elections at ABA headquarters no later than Tuesday, December 8, 2020. A candidate for nominee and all signers must be lawyer members of the American Bar Association whose membership is in good standing and is accredited in the state where an election is being held. A minimum of twenty five signatures of members of the ABA (who are also members of RIBA) is required. Original signatures will be counted, printed signatures are unacceptable, and the petitions can be scanned and submitted electronically. If you are a member of the American Bar Association and interested in serving as the Rhode Island State Delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates, please contact Leticia Spencer at with your petition request and for more information. 

According to a recent email advisory from RI Superior Court Presiding Justice Alice B. Gibney, given the current concerns and increase in numbers associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Superior Court will conduct Settlement Week during the week of December 14, 2020. Sessions are planned for Monday through Wednesday; additional days may be added if necessary. To ensure the safety of mediators, courthouse staff and parties, the Court has determined that hearings must be conducted remotely. However, if you feel it is imperative that your matter be handled in person, with counsel present or with both counsel and parties, please prepare a statement setting forth your purpose and concerns. It should be emailed to Mary Smith (; they will review these statements and, depending upon mediator availability, attempt to accommodate you.
Please note that they are extending the e-filing period for Submissions and Case Summaries through November 16th. In order to collect all information, allow for conflict checks and scheduling, this is a firm date and no new submissions will be accepted after that date. Please review the Mediation Form carefully and note that all information must be complete and accurate in order to schedule a matter.

The Rhode Island Division of Taxation unveiled a new webpage, online application form, and FAQs as part of a relief program announced by Governor Gina M. Raimondo for restaurants and bars that have been ordered to close earlier than usual because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information, please click here.