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. Civil cases in the Superior, District, and Workers’ Compensation Courts, domestic cases in the Family Court, and the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal have converted to the new CMS as well as implementing electronic filing. Implementation of the new CMS and the EFS in the Supreme Court and criminal cases in the Superior, Family, and District Courts is scheduled for May 2016.
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 self-represented litigants, 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 in the Court Rules box to the right, 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.