A law enforcement officer who had entered the Noel Judicial Complex on April 2 and an employee assigned to the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal were recently tested positive for COVID-19.
As a result, Rhode Island Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul A. Suttell issued an executive order on April 5, closing the Noel Judicial Complex in Warwick (serving Kent County) and the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal in Cranston. The closures took effect April 6 and will continue until further notice. A copy of that executive order is available here.
As of April 6, any emergency or essential matters for the Superior Court, which would have been heard in Kent, Newport or Washington Counties, shall be heard at the Licht Judicial Complex in Providence.
Any emergency or essential matters arising in the Rhode Island Family Court, Rhode Island District Court, and Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal, which would have been heard in either the Noel Judicial Complex in Warwick or the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal in Cranston, shall now be heard in the Garrahy Judicial Complex in Providence.
Chief Justice Suttell had earlier issued an executive order closing both the McGrath Judicial Complex in South Kingstown (serving Washington County) and the Murray Judicial Complex in Newport (serving Newport County) effective April 1 and until further notice. A copy of that article is available here.