Kent County Office
The Kent County Office is located within the Philip Noel Judicial Complex in Warwick and is comprised of six attorneys, six support staff and a victim witness liaison.
In 2013, the Kent County Office disposed of 784 felony cases and handled 846 probation violators, as well as a myriad of miscellaneous matters.
The scope of the duties of the Kent County Office include, but are not limited to, all bail violation hearings, probation violation hearings, pre-trial conferences, various pre-trial motions and ultimately trial for all felony matters brought before the Court, as well as misdemeanor prosecutions charged by the Rhode Island State Police, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and other state agencies.
In 2013, the Kent County Office disposed of 784 felony cases, of which 92.3 percent were disposed of by way of plea agreement with only 52 cases, or 6.6 percent being dismissed pursuant to Rule 48(a). In addition, the Kent County Office handled 846 probation violators, as well as a myriad of miscellaneous matters, including grand jury presentations, post-conviction relief applications and motions for expungement, among others.
In addition to these matters in Superior Court, the Kent County Office also handles all matters in the 3rd Division District Court in which the Rhode Island State Police are the prosecuting agency, as well as all probation violation and bail hearings that come before that court. In 2013, Kent County prosecutors disposed of 1,165 cases and handled approximately 900 probation violations.
Last year, of the 874 case referred for felony screening, 190 cases were disposed of when the defendants declined to contest the charges and agreed to waive the formality of the information screening process. An additional 452 cases were charged by way of criminal information, while 19 cases were referred for grand jury presentation. Of note is the number of narcotic offenses that were charged. Of the nearly 650 cases charged or waived, 196, or almost one third, were for some drug offense. In addition, the Kent County Office saw an increase in domestic violence cases, including 96 criminal informations signed for 3rd offense domestic assault and 27 for felony domestic assault.
The Kent County Court also houses the Alternatives to Sentencing and Trauma Recovery in Rhode Island, or Veteran’s Court, program.