District Court

 Administrative Appeals

​​District Court review of an administrative determination shall be obtained by filing a complaint with the Clerk of the Sixth Division in accordance with statute within thirty (30) days after mailing notice of the final decision of the agency. This complaint shall include a concise statement of the grounds upon which the aggrieved is claiming relief from the court, and a demand shall be made for the relief.

A copy of this complaint shall be served upon the governmental agency or board and all other parties to the proceeding by mailing a copy to the attorney who represents the agency, board, or other party.; Service shall be made upon a party not represented by an attorney within ten (10) days of the filing, unless the time for service is extended by the court. Employers who are filing as corporations must be represented by an attorney. The filing of the complaint does not stay the enforcement of the agency order.

  Upon the receipt of records from the administrative agency, the clerk shall set a date for conference and notice shall be sent to all parties.

A judicial officer who reviews an administrative appeal case is bound to the existing record from the administrative agency, as new evidence or information cannot be introduced. Cases with self-represented litigants that are appealed from the Department of Labor and Training are not set down for a conference but are assigned to a judicial officer for a decision. Cases with self-represented litigants that are appealed from the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal are not set down for a conference, but are set a briefing schedule and then assigned to a judicial officer for a decision.

Please contact (401) 458-5224 for questions and inquiries about the administrative appeals process. Persons seeking legal advice should contact an attorney or visit the Your Day in Court webpage for legal assistance information.. ​​​