PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Superior Court Presiding Justice Alice B. Gibney says security remains inadequate in Providence County courthouses and will affect the scheduling of civil trials and other court proceedings.
Gibney on Monday called the sheriffs’ department “woefully understaffed” and said until the situation is rectified, “all dates certain, trials or hearings should be considered in limbo and not etched in stone.”
Gibney says she’s also rescinding the Superior Court’s open invitation to student field trips.
Gibney says essential court calendars will continue to operate daily, but on a staggered schedule to ensure adequate security.
She says she does not anticipate the shortage will affect criminal matters.
The Superior Courts have been operating on a reduced schedule since June, when the sheriffs’ shortage was first announced.
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