Municipal Court

About the Court

The Central Falls Municipal Court is authorized by RIGL § 45-2.27 and Chapter 14 of the Central Falls Code of Ordinances.

The Municipal Court hears various cases including the following: traffic and parking offenses, violations of the mimimum housing code statute and the violation of any ordinance.  The Municipal Court may impose a sentence not to exceed thirty (30) days in jail and impose a fine not in excess of five hundred dollars ($500), or both. The court is empowered to administer oaths, compel the attendance of witnesses, and punish persons for contempt, and to execute search warrants to the extent the warrants could be executed by a judge of the district court.

The Municipal Court Judge is Raymond Cooney and the Associate Municipal Court (Housing Court) Judge is Robert McConnell.

Municipal and Housing Court Sessions

Municipal Court sessions are held on alternate Tuesday evenings at 6:00PM in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. Cases are heard by appointment only and are scheduled by the court. Proper attire is required and cell phones must be turned off during court.

Municipal Housing Court sessions are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:00PM in the City Council Chambers at City Hall.

Court Rules

Court begins on time - prepare to have signed in and taken a seat by 6:00PM. Cell phone use is prohibited in the court room. Please turn off your phone or set it to silent mode. If you must use your phone, remove yourself from the court room first. Proper Attire is required - no shorts, tank tops, etc.  Payments are due upon judgment. Although fines vary (see your summons), there is an additional $35.00 court cost per infraction fee.  Payments may be made by check or money order (made payable to: City of Central Falls). 


Payment of court fees is due at the time of judgment. The Central Falls Municipal Court does not accept credit cards, debit cards, or electronic payments. Payment may be made by cash, check, or money order. All returned checks will be assessed an additional $25 fee.

Contact Us

Municipal Court - Please contact Municipal Court Clerk Natalie Benway at the Central Falls Police Department located at 160 Illinois St. in Central Falls, RI 02863 or via the phone at (401) 616-2557 or via email at NBenway at

Housing Court - Please contact Housing Court Clerk Venuz Madrid at the Central Falls Code Enforcement Department located at 1280 High Street in Central Falls, RI 02863 or via the phone at (401) 727-7460 or via email at

Additional Links

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