Law Department

Mission Statement

The law department is directed by the City Solicitor, who is chief legal counsel for the City and who furnishes legal advice to the Mayor, to the City Council and to all officers, departments, boards and commissions concerning any matter or thing arising in connection with the exercise of their official duties. The law department (1) prosecutes any violation or alleged violation within the city of the statutes of the state or the ordinances of the city; (2) represents the city and the city's interests in all litigation by or against the city and every officer, department, board or commission; (3) collects by suit or otherwise all debts, taxes and accounts due the city which shall be placed with it for collection; (4) appears in, defends and advocates the interests and rights of the city or of any officers thereof in any suit or prosecution for any act or omission in the discharge of their official duties; (5) prepares, reviews and/or approves all contracts, bonds, and other instruments in writing in which the city is concerned, and approves all surety bonds required to be given for protection of the city; and (6) directs the Central Falls Nuisance Task Force in ensuring the health, safety and welfare of the City.

Access to Public Records

   - Please click here to view the city’s procedure for responding to Access to Public Records Act (APRA) requests.

   - Please follow these links to request a public record in WORD format or PDF format.

Ethics and Municipal Integrity

   - Read and review the Central Falls ethics handbook.

The Central Falls Nuisance Task Force

 - Click here to learn more about the Central Falls Nuisance Task Force.

File a Claim

Please visit the City Clerk's office to file a claim.

   - Claims Form

   - Claims Checklist 

NOTE: Pursuant to Rhode Island State Law, the maximum amount of pothole damages claimed is $300; provided, however, that the City had reasonable notice of the pothole, or may have had notice thereof by the exercise of proper care and diligence on its part, and a reasonable opportunity to repair the pothole.  In addition, all pothole claims shall be made within a period of seven (7) days from the date on which the damage was sustained by filing a claim with the City Clerk.

Open Central Falls

   - Click here to learn more about Open Central Falls: Data for the People.

Affirmative Litigation

The Central Falls Law Department is not only defending the City of Central Falls from lawsuits; it is also affirmatively using civil litigation to protect and benefit the people of Central Falls. Click here to learn more about Central Falls' affirmative litigation program.


   - Contact City Solicitor Matt Jerzyk at 401-616-2435 or [email protected]

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