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Civil Division

By law, the Attorney General represents the State, its agencies and employees in the Rhode Island Supreme Court and all lower state courts; institutes actions in state and federal courts whenever warranted; ensures that representation is provided to state officers, employees and agencies in all courts; advises state officers and agencies on legal issues; gives written opinions on legal issues when requested by an appropriate governmental officer and represents the interests of the people.

The Government Litigation Unit represents the State and its agencies in defending and prosecuting State, District, Superior and United States District Court litigation, and in appeals to state and federal appellate courts. It serves as legal advisor to a broad range of state departments, agencies, boards, commissions, officers and employees. In 2013 the Unit opened 1,036 cases and closed 928 cases.

Attorneys from the Government Litigation Unit routinely provide training and outreach to the legal community and to the general public. The Office of Attorney General is an approved provider of Continuing Legal Education credits to the legal community. In 2013 the Civil Division provided over 300 credit hours to government and private sector attorneys on a variety of subject matters.