Rhode Island District Bankruptcy Court Info

Providence, Rhode Island 02901

Residents of Providence County, Rhode Island file bankruptcy in Rhode Island District Bankruptcy Court

1 courthouse serves the Rhode Island District Bankruptcy Court.

RI Bankruptcy InformationRhode Island District Bankruptcy Court

Counties served by the Rhode Island District Bankruptcy Court:

Bristol, Kent, Newport, Providence, Washington,

Three Kinds of Information You Will Need from the Court

(Note: Court websites change often and links go out of date. If a link does not work, go to the home page for the court and look for the materials from there.)

Official Website of the
Rhode Island District Bankruptcy Court

Official Court Website

* Home page

What you'll find there

You'll need to file your papers with one of the courthouses that serve the Rhode Island District Bankruptcy Court.

Pre-COVID, you had to go to court, in person, at least once to meet with the bankruptcy trustee for your 341 hearing. During the Coronavirus pandemic, those meetings were typically done by phone or zoom. A few courts may still allow that.

Where To Start

Before you file, there are three kinds of information you'll need to get from the court's website:

1. Info on Filing Without an Attorney

Court "Pro Se" Info

Information specific to your district

You'll need information specifically about your particular court's procedures.

Fortunately, the Rhode Island District Bankruptcy Court offers information specifically designed for people filing without an attorney. Virtually all courts link to the generic national information mentioned above. The Rhode Island District Bankruptcy Court offers specific guidance about local procedures.

General information about how to file

If you're new to the bankruptcy process, the website of the US Courts Adminstrative Office now offers a basic orentation page for those filing bankruptcy without an attorney. The information inlcudes a Bankruptcy Basics video in English Spanish and Creole. The half hour video is split into chapters so you can go back and review parts that went by too fast the first time.

2. Local Rules

Local Rules - RI

Each court has its own rules about filing procedure, how to list creditor's names and addresses, and they tend to be fussy about it.

You must comply with the details of the process, such as filing dates, filing procedures, fees, and a myriad of other bureaucratic wonderfulness. Depending on how poorly they're written, your court's local rules probably won't make much sense to you. Don't worry. You may not be affected by most of the rules.

However, you will need to follow the rules about filing procedure and how to format the creditors' "mailing matrix" (a list of creditor's names and addresses).

Your court publishes plain-English instructions for those filing without a lawyer in the Rhode Island District Bankruptcy Court . Use that first, rather than trying to read the actual rules.

How to File for BankruptcyChapters 6 and 7 of How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy offer more information on what to look for in local rules and how to ask the court clerk for the information you need as you prepare your paperwork and fill in yourforms.

3. Court Forms

Local Forms

Bankruptcy is a forms-intensive process, kind of like doing a long tax return.

The main forms you use in bankruptcy are federal forms, used nationwide in all bankruptcy courts.

Your bankruptcy court may have additional local forms for the Rhode Island District Bankruptcy Court for dealing with things like the list of creditors.

Other information from the court

Most courts link to a downloadable U.S. Courts publication called "Bankruptcy Basics." This offers a decent overview of Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy -- but has no information about how to actually file or fill in the mountain of forms.

Now most courts also link to a helpful YouTube video created by the Federal Courts that explains the bankruptcy process.

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Courthouses of the Rhode Island District Bankruptcy Court


Court Website info

Court Location and Mailing Address

US Bankruptcy Court
District of Rhode Island
380 Westminster Street,
6th Floor
Providence, RI 02903

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Rhode Island District Bankruptcy Court List of Private Trustees by Chapter

Source: The U.S Trustee Program - Rhode Island List of Private Trustees by Chapter



Note: The individuals listed are private parties, not government employees.


Joseph M. DiOrio
144 Westminster Street, Suite 302
Providence, RI 02903
E-mail: jmdiorio@dioriolaw.com
Phone: (401) 632-0911
Fax: (401) 632-0751


Stacy B. Ferrara
1070 Main Street
Coventry, RI 02816
E-mail: sferrara@ndgrb.com
Phone: (401) 828-5800
Fax: (401) 823-3230


Lisa A. Geremia
Village on Vine
620 Main Street, CU 3A
East Greenwich, RI 02818
E-mail: lisa@geremiademarco.com
Phone: (401) 885-1444
Fax: (401) 471-6283


Charles A. Pisaturo, Jr.
1055 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, RI 02907
E-mail: cpisaturo@earthlink.net
Phone: (401) 274-3800
Fax: (401) 751-6786