Washington County Office
Located within the J. Howard McGrath Judicial Complex in Wakefield, R.I., the
Washington County Office is comprised of three prosecutors, one out-of-county
screening prosecutor, two support staff, and one victim liaison who works
between the Washington and Newport County offices. The Office is responsible for
all countywide felony prosecutions from the following police departments: North
Kingstown, South Kingstown, Narragansett, Charlestown, Richmond, Hopkinton,
Westerly, New Shoreham, University of Rhode Island, the Department of
Environmental Management and Rhode Island State Police cases originating from
the Wickford and Hope Valley Barracks.
In 2013, the Washington County Office disposed of more than 413 pending
cases in Superior Court, and 318 cases were disposed of in District Court.
2013 was a productive one in Washington County with more than 413 pending
cases disposed of in Superior Court, representing a significant increase over
the previous year, and 318 cases disposed of in District Court. An essential
element in the smooth and efficient operation of a county office is the ability
to effectively waive criminal informations, thus reducing the amount of cases
submitted to screening and added to the criminal calendar. In 2013 prosecutors
were able to waive 35 cases from the District Court to dispositions in the
The Washington County Office continued to focus on moving all capital
offenses and investigations through the grand jury. Last year, 10 cases were
presented to the Washington County Grand Jury resulting in 10 true bills and
zero no true bills.
With the construction at the Florence Murray Judicial complex in
Newport, Washington County prosecutors and support staff provided coverage
for all Newport County felony pretrial matters. In addition, Washington
County prosecutors secured 77 Newport County Superior Court dispositions
with 16 waivers and completed one trial.