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Overview of the Rhode Island Court System

Unlike most U.S. states, Rhode Island has no intermediate appellate court. The Rhode Island Superior Court exercises general jurisdiction over the state's district and family courts and presides over both civil and criminal cases. Unusually for a trial court of general jurisdiction, the Superior Court shares concurrent jurisdiction with the Rhode Island Supreme Court in habeas corpus proceedings; this is left to the sole prerogative of the Supreme Court in most states.

The Rhode Island Supreme Court reviews appeals from the Superior Court and, as the preeminent judicial authority, exercises its jurisdiction over all state courts. The Supreme Court hears appeals in cases involving serious felonies, procedural errors in a lower court, questions of constitutional law, disputes regarding state election laws and similar matters.

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