Title 9
Courts and Civil Procedure — Procedure Generally

Chapter 9
Jury Lists

R.I. Gen. Laws § 9-9-1

§ 9-9-1. Persons liable to service — Voting operator’s licenses, Rhode Island identification card, state income tax returns and unemployment compensation as evidence.

(a) A person is liable to serve as a juror if the person is:

(1) A citizen of the United States; and

(2) At least eighteen (18) years of age; and

(3) A resident of Rhode Island who either:

(i) Resides in the county where the person is registered to vote;

(ii) Is licensed to operate a motor vehicle within this state; or

(iii) Possesses a Rhode Island identification card issued pursuant to the provisions of §§ 3-8-6 and 3-8-6.1; or

(iv) Is an individual filing a state income tax return; or

(v) Is an individual recipient of unemployment compensation.

(b) The list of qualified electors of each town and city as made up by the board of canvassers thereof, at its last meeting prior to the Tuesday after the first Monday in November in each even numbered year, and the duly certified records of the administrator of the division of motor vehicles shall be conclusive evidence of the liability of each person to serve as provided in this chapter, unless in the case of a qualified elector the name of the person has been removed from the list of qualified electors of that town or city on which the name of that person appears prior to being summoned to appear in court as a juror, and except as provided in this chapter. The jury commissioner shall notify the clerk of the board of canvassers and registration of each particular city or town when it appears that a person on a list of qualified jurors does not reside at the address on the list. The board of canvassers and registration, after due notice to the person, shall challenge the listing thereof and after a hearing thereon may remove that person from the list.

(c) The division of motor vehicles shall forward to the jury commissioner the names of licensed drivers and the names of those persons who possess Rhode Island identification cards issued pursuant to the provisions of §§ 3-8-6 and 3-8-6.1 in the state on a yearly basis.

(d) The division of taxation shall forward to the jury commissioner the names of all individuals who have filed a state income tax return, on a yearly basis.

(e) The department of labor and training shall forward to the jury commissioner the names of all individuals who are receiving unemployment compensation, on a yearly basis.

History of Section.
P.L. 1920, ch. 1948, § 1; P.L. 1921, ch. 2037, § 1; G.L. 1923, ch. 329, § 1; P.L. 1926, ch. 797, § 1; P.L. 1928, ch. 1192, § 1; G.L. 1938, ch. 506, § 1; P.L. 1939, ch. 700, § 1; G.L. 1956, § 9-9-1; P.L. 1972, ch. 55, § 1; P.L. 1975, ch. 233, § 2; P.L. 1979, ch. 121, § 1; P.L. 1979, ch. 373, § 4; P.L. 1980, ch. 242, § 2; P.L. 1980, ch. 406, § 3; P.L. 1980, ch. 412, § 3; P.L. 1983, ch. 75, § 1; P.L. 1995, ch. 71, § 1; P.L. 1997, ch. 326, § 19; P.L. 2003, ch. 430, § 1.