The provisions of this chapter shall be construed liberally for the accomplishment of the purposes intended and any provisions of any law inconsistent with any provisions hereof shall not apply. Nothing contained in this chapter shall be construed to repeal any of the provisions of any law of the state prohibiting discrimination based on race or color, religion, sex, marital status, military status as a veteran with an honorable discharge or an honorable or general administrative discharge, servicemember in the armed forces, country of ancestral origin, disability, age, or familial status. Nothing contained in this chapter shall restrict the original jurisdiction of the courts to proceed with evictions as provided in chapter 18 of this title.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1965, ch. 27, § 1; P.L. 1988, ch. 455, § 1; P.L. 1990, ch. 398, § 1; P.L. 1997, ch. 150, § 8; P.L. 2015, ch. 161, § 1; P.L. 2015, ch. 180, § 1.)

Terms Used In Rhode Island General Laws 34-37-9

  • Age: means anyone over the age of eighteen (18). See Rhode Island General Laws 34-37-3
  • Armed forces: means the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines, or Air Force of the United States and the Rhode Island National Guard. See Rhode Island General Laws 34-37-3
  • Disability: means a disability as defined in § 42-87-1. See Rhode Island General Laws 34-37-3
  • Familial status: means one or more individuals who have not attained the age of eighteen (18) years being domiciled with:

    (A) A parent or another person having legal custody of the individual or individuals; or

    (B) The designee of the parent or other person having the custody, with the written permission of the parent or other person, provided that, if the individual is not a relative or legal dependent of the designee, that the individual shall have been domiciled with the designee for at least six (6) months. See Rhode Island General Laws 34-37-3

  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.