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Municipal Court

Judge: Jane F. Howlett
Associate Judge: Paul Silva
Clerk:  Louis P. Cirillo, CMC

The Bristol Municipal Court holds sessions on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.  This court hears matters relating to traffic, zoning, harbor patrol, disorderly, and animal code violations.

Sessions are held in the Burnside Memorial Building, 400 Hope Street, Bristol, Rhode Island.  The Burnside Memorial Building is adjacent to the Bristol Town Hall.  The court room is on the second floor - there is an elevator. The handicap-accessible parking and entrance is located on Court Street.

Municipal Court Hearing Dates

Court Rules

Please observe the following Court Rules:

  • Proper Attire is required – no shorts, tank tops, etc.
  • Food and Beverages are expressly forbidden
  • Court begins on time; late arrivals are heard at the conclusion of the session
  • Cell phones/pagers should be set to silent mode or turned off
  • Payments for fines (varies) and court costs (typically $35 per infraction) is due and payable at the time of judgment; payable by cash, check or money order.  The Bristol Municipal Court does not accept credit/debit cards.

Please check the Court Docket for your name.  If your name is listed, assume a seat in the court room and wait for your name to be called.

If your name is not listed, please inform the Clerk upon your arrival.  The Clerk is seated at a table to the rear of the court room. 

Questions should be referred to the Town Clerk, 10 Court Street, Bristol, Rhode Island  02809 (401) 253-7000, FAX: 253-2647, or email.