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Judicial Nominating Commission Notice of Judicial Vacancies; RI Supreme Court to Convert to the Odyssey E-Filing System

The Judicial Nominating Commission of Rhode Island seeks candidates for the following five (5) vacancies:
Associate Justice of the Rhode Island District Court
Associate Justice of the Rhode Island Family Court
Associate Justice of the Rhode Island Family Court - 
(Prospective Vacancy, March 31, 2021)
Associate Justice of the Rhode Island Superior Court
Associate Justice of the Rhode Island Workers’ 
Compensation Court
To start the application process, interested qualified applicants should go to and click on the link entitled “Begin Application Process”. An application for a Family Court vacancy will be deemed to be for both Family Court vacancies. Applications must be submitted electronically. PAPER APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. 
The deadline for filing applications with the Commission is 5:00 p.m. February 23, 2021.
If you have any questions about the application process, please call Chairperson, Sarah T. Dowling at 401-241-3698, e-mail her at or log on to for more information. The Judicial Nominating Commission encourages qualified applicants who will reflect racial, ethnic, and gender diversity within the judiciary.

According to a news advisory sent from the RI Judiciary last week, on June 19, 2020, the Supreme Court issued an order amending Article I of the Supreme Court Rules of Appellate Procedure. The amendments made significant changes to the formatting required for papers filed with the Court and made procedural changes necessary for the implementation of electronic filing in the Supreme Court. The June 19 order provides that “[t]he amendments relating to electronic filing shall take effect upon the date that the Supreme Court converts to the electronic filing system.”
In an order issued on Thursday, December 31, 2020, the Court announced that the electronic filing system will be available for filing papers in the Supreme Court on January 29, 2021, and that the Supreme Court Rules regarding electronic filing become effective on that date. The order is available for viewing here.
Please direct any questions to