§15-3-5  Officials empowered to join persons in marriage. –


Published: 2015

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TITLE 15

Domestic Relations

CHAPTER 15-3

Solemnization of Marriages

SECTION 15-3-5



   § 15-3-5  Officials empowered to join

persons in marriage. –

Every ordained clergy or elder in good standing; every justice of the supreme

court, superior court, family court, workers' compensation court, district

court or traffic tribunal; the clerk of the supreme court; every clerk,

administrative clerk, or general chief clerk of a superior court, family court,

district court, or traffic tribunal; magistrates, special or general

magistrates of the superior court, family court, traffic tribunal or district

court; administrative clerks of the district court; administrators of the

workers' compensation court; every former justice or judge and former

administrator of these courts; every former chief clerk of the district court;

every former clerk, administrative clerk, or general chief clerk of a superior

court; the secretary of the senate; elected clerks of the general assembly;,

any former secretary of the senate; any former elected clerk of the general

assembly who retires after July 1, 2007; judges of the United States appointed

pursuant to Article III of the United States Constitution; bankruptcy judges

appointed pursuant to Article I of the United States Constitution; and United

States magistrate judges appointed pursuant to federal law, may join persons in

marriage in any city or town in this state; and every justice and every former

justice of the municipal courts of the cities and towns in this state and of

the police court of the town of Johnston and the administrator of the Johnston

municipal court, while he or she is serving as an administrator, and every

probate judge and every former probate judge may join persons in marriage in

any city or town in this state, and wardens of the town of New Shoreham may

join persons in marriage in New Shoreham.



History of Section.

(G.L. 1896, ch. 191, § 8; C.P.A. 1905, § 1228; G.L. 1909, ch. 243,

§ 8; P.L. 1922, ch. 2207, § 1; G.L. 1923, ch. 287, § 8; P.L.

1932, ch. 1896, § 1; P.L. 1933, ch. 2042, § 1; G.L. 1938, ch. 415,

§ 8; P.L. 1949, ch. 2290, § 1; G.L. 1956, § 15-3-5; P.L. 1974,

ch. 290, § 1; P.L. 1978, ch. 326, § 1; P.L. 1979, ch. 327, § 1;

P.L. 1980, ch. 382, § 1; P.L. 1981, ch. 363, § 2; P.L. 1987, ch. 489,

§ 1; P.L. 1988, ch. 561, § 1; P.L. 1988, ch. 607, § 1; P.L.

1990, ch. 139, § 1; P.L. 1990, ch. 163, § 1; P.L. 1991, ch. 132,

§ 5; P.L. 1991, ch. 205, § 4; P.L. 1994, ch. 103, § 1; P.L.

1994, ch. 199, § 1; P.L. 1994, ch. 249, § 1; P.L. 1998, ch. 451,

§ 1; P.L. 2002, ch. 70, § 1; P.L. 2002, ch. 123, § 1; P.L. 2004,

ch. 6, § 42; P.L. 2004, ch. 444, § 1; P.L. 2007, ch. 174, § 1;

P.L. 2007, ch. 259, § 1; P.L. 2008, ch. 85, § 1; P.L. 2008, ch. 89,

§ 1; P.L. 2013, ch. 321, § 1; P.L. 2013, ch. 351, § 1; P.L.

2014, ch. 484, § 1; P.L. 2014, ch. 512, § 1.)