§9-5-10.1  Certification of constables. –

Link to law: http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/TITLE9/9-5/9-5-10.1.HTM
Published: 2015

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TITLE 9

Courts and Civil Procedure–Procedure Generally

CHAPTER 9-5

Writs, Summons and Process

SECTION 9-5-10.1



   § 9-5-10.1  Certification of constables.

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(a) A person at least twenty-one (21) years of age who complies with the

statute and the requirements set forth in any regulations promulgated by the

department of business regulation may file an application with the department

requesting that the applicant be certified as a constable. Once issued by the

department, such certification shall be effective for a period of two (2) years

or until such approval is withdrawn by the department. Such certified constable

shall be entitled to serve or execute writs and process in such capacity for

any court of the state, anywhere in the state, subject to any terms and

limitations as set forth by the court, and in such number as determined by the

chief judge of the district court.



   (b) Certification process.



   (1) Application.



   (i) Any person seeking certification pursuant to this section

shall complete an application and submit it to the department of business

regulation in the form designated by the department for such applications.



   (ii) The application shall include information determined by

the department to be relevant to licensure and shall include a national

criminal background check.



   (2) Referral to certified constables' board.



   (i) Once the applicant has provided a completed application,

the department shall refer the applicant to the certified constables' board by

providing a copy of the application to the board and to the chief judge of the

district court.



   (3) Training.



   (i) Following review of the application, the board shall

determine whether the applicant should be recommended for training by the board

to be conducted by a volunteer training constable. If the board determines that

training is appropriate, the applicant shall be assigned to a training

constable who shall be a constable in good standing for a minimum of ten (10)

years and who is approved by the chief judge of the district court to train

prospective constables.



   (ii) Training shall consist of a minimum of ninety (90) hours

to be completed within ninety (90) days from the date of the referral by the

board.



   (iii) Within thirty (30) days from the conclusion of

training, a written report shall be submitted by the training constable to the

board with a copy to the department that reflects the dates and times of

training and comments on the aptitude of the trainee.



   (iv) If the board concludes that training is not appropriate

or if the report of the training constable concludes that the applicant does

not have the aptitude to perform the duties of a constable, the board shall so

inform the department which shall deny the application on that basis.



   (4) Oral and written tests.



   (i) Upon the successful completion of the training period and

recommendation from the training constable, within ninety (90) days, the

applicant shall complete an oral examination on the legal and practical aspects

of certified constables' duties that shall be created and administered by the

board.



   (ii) Upon the successful completion of the oral examination,

within sixty (60) days the applicant must complete a written test created by

the board and approved by the chief judge of the district court that measures

the applicant's knowledge of state law and court procedure.



   (iii) If the board concludes that the applicant has not

successfully passed either the oral or written test, the board shall so inform

the department which shall deny the application on that basis.



   (5) Final review. The department shall review the

application, training record, test scores, and such other information or

documentation as required and shall determine whether the applicant shall be

approved for certification and the person authorized to serve process in the

state.



History of Section.

(P.L. 2015, ch. 260, § 9; P.L. 2015, ch. 275, § 9.)