Municipal Court

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Coronavirus & COVID-19 Update

  * The Central Falls Municipal Court is re-scheduling the December 8, 2020 and January 5, 2021 court dates until February 23, 2021 at 6:00pm at Central Falls City Hall. If you have any questions, or you would like to take advantage of the Good Driver's Statute, please contact Municipal Court Clerk Natalie Benway at the Central Falls Police Department located at 160 Illinois St. in Central Falls or via the phone at (401) 616-2557 or via email at NBenway @ courts.centralfallsri.gov.

  * El Tribunal Municipal de Central Falls está reprogramando las fechas del tribunal del 8 de diciembre de 2020 y el 5 de enero de 2021 hasta el 23 de febrero de 2021 a las 6:00 p.men el Ayuntamiento de Central Falls. Si tiene alguna pregunta o le gustaría aprovechar el Estatuto de Buen Conductor, comuníquese con la secretaria de la corte municipal Natalie Benway en el Departamento de Policía de Central Falls ubicado en 160 Illinois St. en Central Falls o por teléfono al (401) 616-2557 o por correo electrónico a NBenway @ court.centralfallsri.gov.

Good Driving Record Dismissal Policy

Rhode Island has a law called the “Good Driver’s Statute (GDS). In order to qualify for the GDS, you must possess an active/valid license for the last (3) three years. Your record must be clear of any moving violations within the last (3) three years. If you have not had an active driver’s license for 3 years, but your record is clear of traffic violations, the Judge, at her/his discretion, may allow you to perform community service in exchange for a dismissal. Federal law prohibits dismissal under the “Good Driver’s Statute” (GDS) for those with a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Likewise, you cannot use the “Good Driver’s Statute (GDS) if the traffic ticket was issued in connection with an automobile accident.

            Motorists who qualify for and wish to utilize their good driving record under the Good Driving Record Dismissal Statute (RIGL 31-41.1-7), may do so by signing and mailing the required form to the Clerk along with the State Mandated Court Costs of $60.  Mailed payments must be in the form of check or money order to:

Central Falls Municipal Court

Attn: Clerk

160 Illinois Street

Central Falls, RI 02863

            If you are not eligible for the Good Driving Record Dismissal, but wish to pay your fines, you may also mail in your payment (via check or money order) with the citation information to the address listed above.  Be advised that if you choose to pay your fine and do not qualify for a Good Driving Record Dismissal, you will be foregoing your right to a trial and a guilty plea will be entered on your behalf.  If you wish to plead Not Guilty, then you must appear on the Court date previously assigned. Please note that all citations originally scheduled for March 24, 2020 will now be heard on June 16, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. and all matters originally scheduled for April 7, 2020 will be heard on June 30, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.  All Court sessions will take place at the Central Falls City Hall, 580 Broad Street, Central Falls, RI 02863.  YOU MUST FOLLOW ALL MANDATED PROTOCOLS INCLUDING WEARING A MASK AND MAINTAINING SOCIAL DISTANCE.  IF YOU DO NOT FEEL WELL AND ARE SHOWING ANY SYMPTOMS, PLEASE CONTACT THE CLERK AT 401-616-2557 TO RESCHEDULE YOUR COURT DATE.

            If you are unsure whether you qualify for a dismissal under the Good Driving Statute, kindly contact our clerk, Nathalie Benway, at 401-616-2557 or [email protected] and she will assist you.  Please note that there is a dropbox located in the lobby of the Central Falls Police Department in the event that you prefer to drop off your payment (in the form of check or money order) with the enclosed form at any time. 

PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR SUMMONS NUMBER ON ALL CHECK AND MONEY ORDER PAYMENTS TO ENSURE THAT YOUR PAYMENT IS PROPERLY CREDITED.  YOU MAY CONTACT THE CLERK TO CONFIRM SAME.

 

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 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

The next session of the Central Falls Municipal Housing Court will be held on March 10, 2021 at 5:30 p.m at 1280 High Street, Central Falls, Rhode Island 02863.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Housing Court will be adhering to strict COVID-19 guidelines. All participants in Housing Court will be required to wear a face mask, remain six (6) feet apart from all other participants, and the Court will have capacity limits - meaning you may have to remain outside of the building until your case is called. 

If you have received a summons but cannot attend for any reason, please contact (401) 727-7460 in order to reschedule your case to a future date. 

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

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 CentralFallsRI.us.

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 [email protected]s.

Additional Links

 * Obtaining your Massachusetts Driving Record: https://secure.rmv.state.ma.us/DrvRecords/intro.aspx
 * Suspended license information: http://www.dmv.ri.gov/suspensions/ 
 * RI DMV Locations and hours: http://www.dmv.ri.gov/locations/
 * Check the status of your license: https://www.ri.gov/DMV/statuscheck/

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