New District Court Eviction Protocol On March 22, 2020 the Rhode Island District Court issued Administrative Order 2020-03 regarding District Court Eviction Protocol. The order sets out a phased re-opening of the District Court, with a plan to re-schedule hearings for cases that have already been filed, and new guidelines for cases filed on or after June…

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Per Rhode Island Supreme Court Executive Order 2020-04, all non-emergency matters—including judicial eviction proceedings—are on hold until at least April 17, 2020. However, courts are not staying removal of tenants for whom a judge has already issued a writ of execution.

This means that new evictions are not being processed, and in-process evictions are on hold, but where a court has already ordered that an eviction can proceed, sheriffs are allowed to remove tenants.

If you are a tenant facing eviction and you are in private housing (that is, not Section 8 or public housing), you can call the Center for Justice at 401-491-1101. If you are in Section 8 or public housing, please call Rhode Island Legal Services at 401-274-2652 (Providence office) or 401-846-2264 (Newport office).

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There are “unusually deep, systemic dysfunctions in PPSD’s [Providence Public School District’s] education system that clearly, and very negatively, impact the opportunities of children in Providence,” wrote Johns Hopkins researchers in summarizing their 60-day study of the school district, which was commissioned by Governor Raimondo in April 2019. The unsettling report, published in June, calls…

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By Zack Mezera, Providence Student Union, and Jennifer Wood, RI Center for Justice Recent Providence schools graduates Aleita Cook and Ahmed Sesay held back laughs as The Daily Show correspondent Jaboukie Young-White wheeled into a classroom on a hoverboard, doing his worst impression of a modern teenager. The subject of the interview, however, was extremely…

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On November 28, 2018, the Rhode Island Center for Justice filed a federal class action suit on behalf of all Rhode Island public-school students, asserting that they have a Constitutional right to an education that is being denied in underfunded school districts. The lawsuit, which was filed with attorney Michael Rebell of Teachers College/Columbia University…

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Last Wednesday, October 25, 2017, Governor Gina Raimondo travelled to Fuerza Laboral headquarters to sign new legislation on Workers’ Cooperatives into law. This bill, which the Center for Justice supported and   clarified and standardized the means for workers to own the businesses they work at, is a tremendous boon to the working people of Rhode…

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NEWS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contacts:   John Willumsen-Friedman 401-491-1101 ext. 810 jwillumsen@centerforjustice.org PROVIDENCE, RI May 3, 2017 – The Rhode Island Center for Justice announced Jennifer Wood as the Center’s next Executive Director today.  The Rhode Island Center for Justiceis a non-profit public interest law center that partners with community groups to strengthen existing advocacy…

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