Evictions can be filed June 1, R.I. Supreme Court says

Ri Supreme Court

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)-  Rhode Island Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul Suttell extended several emergency judicial orders until June 1, according to a statement issued Friday by the Rhode Island Judiciary.

The executive order said eviction filings can resume on June 1. A protocol was being developed “for the orderly and equitable handling” of evictions, “giving priority to cases pending for the greatest amount of time.”

In-person hearings in select cases could also resume June 1.

Grand jury proceedings could begin as soon as May 17, “provided that suitable social distancing and other precautions are implemented for the safety of the grand jurors, attorneys, staff and witnesses,” the order stated.

The Murray Judicial Complex in Newport and the McGrath Judicial Complex in Wakefield will remain closed until September 8.

Masks would be required by anyone entering a judicial building, but could be removed at a judge’s discretion when an individual was giving testimony.

Public access would continue to be limited, and members of the media have to be screened for symptoms before entering. If access were denied to a member of the media, the court would have to provide remote access, according to the statement.

The full text of the executive order can be found on the court’s website here.

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