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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 Superior Court.

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.