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. From Thursday, October 30, 2014 to November 3, 2014, the new CMS for civil cases in the Superior and District Courts and domestic cases in the Family Court are scheduled for conversion. With the conversion of the new CMS, the EFS will be implemented in the Superior, Family, and District Courts on Wednesday, November 5, 2014. By 2016, all courts and case types will convert to a new CMS and EFS.
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. As each court and case type is converted, the respective rules of that court will be amended and revised. Pursuant to Article X, efiling shall be mandatory for all parties except for incarcerated individuals or where a waiver is granted in accordance with Article X, Rule 3(c). Self-represented litigants may electronically file documents in accordance with 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 EFS.
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.
Electronic Filing System (EFS)
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 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.
The electronic filing web pages will be continually updated to keep everyone informed as to the status of the project and to provide information as needed.