Places that Help: Rhode Island
Updated: February 19, 2010
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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.
Florence K Murray Judicial Complex
Newport, RI 02840-2996
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.
4800 Tower Hill Rd Rm 239
Wakefield, RI 02879
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.
Kent County Courthouse
Leighton Judicial Complex
222 Quaker Lane
Warwick, RI 02886
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