Welcome to the
Rhode Island Judiciary’s (Judiciary) electronic filing system (EFS) home
page. The Judiciary has undertaken a three (3) year project of implementing
a new case management system (CMS) and EFS statewide. Both the CMS and the
EFS are products from Tyler Technologies, Inc. The Workers’ Compensation
Court has implemented the new CMS. The EFS will be implemented shortly. In
November 2014, the CMS for civil cases in the Superior, Family, and District
Courts are scheduled for conversion with the EFS to be implemented shortly
thereafter. By 2016, all courts and case types will convert to a new CMS
Electronic Filing (efiling)
Article X of the Supreme Court Rules Governing Electronic Filing (a copy of
which can be found at the link in the left column of this page) contain the
global rules for the EFS. Article X is provisional to provide some
flexibility to the Judiciary if it is deemed that some of the rules must
change as a result of the court and case conversions. As each court and
case type is converted, the respective rules of that court will be amended
and revised. Pursuant to Provisional Article X, efiling shall be mandatory
for all parties except for incarcerated individuals or where a waiver is
granted in accordance with Provisional Article X, Rule 3(c).
Self-represented litigants may electronically file documents in accordance
with Provisional Article X, Rule 3(b) but are not required to do so.
The Rhode Island
Judiciary Rules of Practice Governing Public Access to Electronic Case
Information (Public Access Rules), a copy of which can be found at the link
in the left column of this page, are intended to address access to
electronic case information that is filed in the EFS. The Public Access
Rules seek to harmonize the Judiciary’s obligation to make case information
available and accessible while also protecting the privacy of personal
and/or otherwise confidential information filed with the courts throughout
the Judiciary. The Public Access Rules apply to all documents filed in the
To file a case,
please click on the “File a Case” button on the right or go directly to
https://rhodeisland.tylerhost.net/. You will be directed to the
Judiciary’s EFS, Odyssey File and Serve, a product of Tyler Technologies.
Access to the EFS is available 24/7 on the
Internet by Registered Users of the EFS. Documents filed electronically are
held for thirty (30) days in Odyssey File and Serve and are then purged.
Once purged from Odyssey File and Serve, the documents are only accessible
through courthouse or remote public access.
Information and Help
The Judiciary has
developed the Rhode Island Judiciary User Guide for Electronic Filing to aid
Registered Users in navigating the EFS. Tyler Technologies has also
developed three (3) helpful documents for Registered Users: Tyler – Odyssey
File and Serve – Firm Administrator Guide; Tyler – Odyssey File and Serve –
Quick Reference Guide; and Tyler – Odyssey File and Serve – User Guide.
There is also a Frequently Asked Questions link. All the foregoing
reference and help material is located in the left column of this page. If
you cannot find an answer to your question, please click on the “Help
Information” link in the left column of this page for further information.
filing web pages will be continually updated to keep everyone informed as to
the status of the project and to provide information as needed.