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UPDATED February 19, 2010

Sheriff Departments

Rhode Island

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Before a protection order can take effect, it must be served upon the abuser. In most states, protection orders are served by the sheriff department. You can contact the clerk of the court in the court that issued your order to find out the procedure for service if you are unsure. For a list of Rhode Island courts, check the RI Courthouse Locations page on our site. Listed below are telephone numbers and addresses for sheriff departments in Rhode Island. You may be able to find more up-to-date listings for sheriff departments on the Rhode Island Division of Sheriffs website.


Sheriff's Department
Florence K Murray Judicial Complex
Eisenhower Square
Newport, RI 02840-2996
Phone: (401) 841-8300
Fax: (401) 841-8308
Providence County Sheriffs is a division of the Rhode Island Sheriffs Department. This county handles the transportation of prisoners, writ service and security for the courts and justices. The Writ Service compliment services Providence, East Providence, North Providence, Cranston, Pawtucket, Central Falls, Cumberland, Woonsocket, Lincoln, Foster, Glocester, Johnston, Burriville, Scituate and North Scituate. The fee for in-state services is $45.00 per service, per defendant; per document. The cost for out-of-state services is $100. Fax services accepted only from Alaska and Hawaii. All emergency fax services must be pre-arranged with the supervisor of the Writ Department. Our mailing address is "Rhode Island State Sheriffs, 670 New London Avenue, Cranston, Rhode Island 02920"


Sheriff's Office
250 Benefit St Ste 205
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: (401) 222-3510
Fax: (401) 222-6058


Sheriff's Office
4800 Tower Hill Rd Rm 239
Wakefield, RI 02879
Phone: Phone: (401)782-4100
NOTE: The Newport County Sheriffs' Department handles courtroom security, prisoner transportation and process of service. Newport County includes the City of Newport and the Towns of Portsmouth, Tiverton, Middletown, Jamestown, Little Compton and Prudence Island. Cost for all Rhode Island papers to be served is $45.00, per original, per defendant. Cost for all non-Rhode Island papers is $100.00, per original, per defendant. All papers must include a cover letter indicating the exact address of service and any additional information to help effect prompt service. Please send original papers along with a copy for service. Please mark "original" and "copy" in the upper right hand of the papers. Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for the return of service. Mail the papers and check to "Sheriff of Newport County, Florence K. Murray Judicial Complex, Eisenhower Square, Newport, Rhode Island 02840-2996".


Kent County Courthouse
Leighton Judicial Complex
222 Quaker Lane
Warwick, RI 02886
Phone: (401)822-6960

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