§ 8-10-1 Short title
§ 8-10-2 Purpose of chapter
§ 8-10-3 Establishment of court — Jurisdiction — Seal — Oaths
§ 8-10-3.1 Magistrates — Appointment, duties, and powers
§ 8-10-3.2 General magistrate of the family court
§ 8-10-4 Criminal cases referred to family court
§ 8-10-5 Attempts at reconciliation by family court
§ 8-10-6 Notice to department of human services
§ 8-10-7 Family counselling service
§ 8-10-8 Medical, psychological, and other expert assistance
§ 8-10-9 Assistance of services of department of corrections
§ 8-10-10 Family court registry
§ 8-10-12 Vacancy in office or inability of chief judge of family court
§ 8-10-14 Administration of operation of family court
§ 8-10-14.1 Powers of justices of the peace
§ 8-10-14.2 Recording and certification of appointments and revocations — Signature of warrants
§ 8-10-15 Family court administrator
§ 8-10-16 Quarters
§ 8-10-19 Limitation on transfer or parole of juveniles
§ 8-10-21 Records of court
§ 8-10-22 Intake department — Duties
§ 8-10-23 Intake supervisors
§ 8-10-23.1 Statewide juvenile hearing board
§ 8-10-23.2 Creating a juvenile hearing board
§ 8-10-23.3 Jamestown juvenile hearing board
§ 8-10-23.4 North Providence juvenile hearing board
§ 8-10-24 Sessions, motions, assignments, etc
§ 8-10-28 Authority and duties of clerk
§ 8-10-29 Report of divorce proceedings to director of health
§ 8-10-30 Appointment of clerk pro tempore
§ 8-10-31 Appointment of deputies
§ 8-10-32 Employment of clerical assistance by clerk
§ 8-10-33 Powers of assistant clerks of family court
§ 8-10-34 Court secretary and assistant
§ 8-10-35 Appointment of stenographers
§ 8-10-36 Court reporters and court recording clerks — Supplies and preservation of notes and other materials
§ 8-10-37 Report of trials — Transcripts
§ 8-10-38 Judgments, decrees, and orders — Punishment for contempt
§ 8-10-38.1 Imprisonment for contempt
§ 8-10-42 Engagement — Precedence — Retirement and powers of justices
§ 8-10-42.1 Service after retirement
§ 8-10-43 References to family court — Powers and duties
§ 8-10-43.1 Venue of criminal offenses
§ 8-10-44 Annual appropriations
§ 8-10-45 Severability

Terms Used In Rhode Island General Laws > Chapter 8-10

  • Advice and consent: Under the Constitution, presidential nominations for executive and judicial posts take effect only when confirmed by the Senate, and international treaties become effective only when the Senate approves them by a two-thirds vote.
  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • Appellate: About appeals; an appellate court has the power to review the judgement of another lower court or tribunal.
  • Arraignment: A proceeding in which an individual who is accused of committing a crime is brought into court, told of the charges, and asked to plead guilty or not guilty.
  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • Attachment: A procedure by which a person's property is seized to pay judgments levied by the court.
  • Bail: Security given for the release of a criminal defendant or witness from legal custody (usually in the form of money) to secure his/her appearance on the day and time appointed.
  • Chambers: A judge's office.
  • Chief judge: The judge who has primary responsibility for the administration of a court but also decides cases; chief judges are determined by seniority.
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.
  • Equitable: Pertaining to civil suits in "equity" rather than in "law." In English legal history, the courts of "law" could order the payment of damages and could afford no other remedy. See damages. A separate court of "equity" could order someone to do something or to cease to do something. See, e.g., injunction. In American jurisprudence, the federal courts have both legal and equitable power, but the distinction is still an important one. For example, a trial by jury is normally available in "law" cases but not in "equity" cases. Source: U.S. Courts
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • in writing: include printing, engraving, lithographing, and photo-lithographing, and all other representations of words in letters of the usual form. See Rhode Island General Laws 43-3-16
  • 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.
  • justice of the peace: include warden of the peace and the words "district court" include warden's court. See Rhode Island General Laws 43-3-14
  • Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
  • magistrate: may be construed to mean a justice, or a clerk acting as a justice, of a district court. See Rhode Island General Laws 43-3-16
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • oath: includes affirmation; the word "sworn" includes affirmed; and the word "engaged" includes either sworn or affirmed. See Rhode Island General Laws 43-3-11
  • person: extends to and includes co-partnerships and bodies corporate and politic. See Rhode Island General Laws 43-3-6
  • Personal property: All property that is not real property.
  • Probable cause: A reasonable ground for belief that the offender violated a specific law.
  • Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
  • Public law: A public bill or joint resolution that has passed both chambers and been enacted into law. Public laws have general applicability nationwide.
  • real estate: may be construed to include lands, tenements, and hereditaments and rights thereto and interests therein. See Rhode Island General Laws 43-3-10
  • Reporter: Makes a record of court proceedings and prepares a transcript, and also publishes the court's opinions or decisions (in the courts of appeals).
  • seal: shall be construed to include an impression of the seal made with or without the use of wax or wafer on the paper. See Rhode Island General Laws 43-3-15
  • Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
  • Summons: Another word for subpoena used by the criminal justice system.
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • town: may be construed to include city; the words "town council" include city council; the words "town clerk" include city clerk; the words "ward clerk" include clerk of election district; the words "town treasurer" include city treasurer; and the words "town sergeant" include city sergeant. See Rhode Island General Laws 43-3-9
  • Transcript: A written, word-for-word record of what was said, either in a proceeding such as a trial or during some other conversation, as in a transcript of a hearing or oral deposition.
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • Venue: The geographical location in which a case is tried.