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     All civil actions at law, but not causes in equity or those following the course of equity except as provided in G.L. 1956 § 8-8-3.1 and Chapter 8.1 of Title 8, wherein the amount in controversy does not exceed five thousand dollars ($5,000).
     The District Court has exclusive jurisdiction of all civil actions at law wherein the amount in controversy is under $5,000.  The court has concurrent original jurisdiction with the Superior Court of all civil actions at law wherein the amount in controversy exceeds the sum of $5,000 and does not exceed $10,000.  However, in any such action if one or more of the defendants in the answer to the complaint demand removal of the action to the Superior Court, in which event the action shall proceed as if it had been filed originally in the Superior Court.
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 Important Telephone Numbers

Lawyer Referral Service
(401) 421-7799
Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence
(401) 467-9940
Office of the Attorney General  Consumer Protection
(401) 274-4400
Rhode Island Legal Services
(401) 274-2652
Rhode Island Bar Association
   Volunteer Lawyer Program
   (401) 421-7758
   Service for Elderly
   (401) 521-5040
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