The Westerly Municipal Court was established by an act of the Rhode Island General Assembly enacted in 1988. On September 11, 1989 the Westerly Town Council passed an ordinance establishing a Municipal Court for Westerly.
The purpose of the Municipal Court is to hear and determine cases of violations of town Ordinances including Minimum Housing and Zoning. The Municipal Court also has jurisdiction over traffic violations brought by the Westerly Police Department as well as parking tickets.
The Municipal Court is empowered to impose a sentence not to exceed thirty (30) days in jail and to impose fines not to exceed five hundred ($500) dollars per offense, or both.
Judge Leo F. Manfred, II, presides over the Municipal Court every Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Westerly Town Hall. Michele Murphy is the Municipal Court Clerk and Lt. James Campbell represents the Police Department as the Court Officer.
Rules of Decorum for the Westerly Municipal Court
Conduct required of all persons while attending court; unless otherwise permitted by the Judge:
- Before entering the courtroom all persons shall first ensure that all cell phones, pagers, music players, or other electronic devices as appropriate are turned off or configured in such a manner so as to prevent any interruption of the proceedings before the Court;
- No wearing of hats and/or headphones in the courtroom;
- Shorts are not allowed to be worn by any participant of any court proceeding;
- No person shall loiter or sleep in the courtroom. No making noises, non-verbal gestures or talking by persons unless during the proper participation in a proceeding before the Court;
- No reading newspapers, magazines, or books in the courtroom at any time, unrelated to proper participation in the case then before the Court;
- No food and/or beverages allowed in courtroom;
- No gum chewing in the courtroom
Online Ticket Payment System
The town has the option to pay tickets online.
If you received a moving violation and have had no prior violations within the preceding three (3) years, you may qualify under the Good Driving Record Statute. Judge Manfred is affording individuals the opportunity to plea by mail.
Out-of-State License holders must complete the application below, and mail a certified copy of your driving record to the Westerly Municipal Court in order to confirm that you do in fact have a good driving record, along with a check or money order for $60 made payable to the Westerly Municipal Court. ***NOTE: This certified copy must be obtained from your state’s registry of motor vehicles, not your insurance company or other online provider.
RI License holders do not need to provide their driving record since we can obtain that information; however, you must still complete the RI Good Driving Record affidavit below and mail it to the Westerly Municipal Court, along with a check or money order for $60 made payable to the Westerly Municipal Court.
Complete the appropriate affidavit or application below in order to apply:
RI License holders: RI Good Driving Affidavit
Out-of-State License holders: Out-of-State Good Driving Application
Westerly Municipal Court
45 Broad St
Westerly, RI 02891
For more information, please contact the Westerly Municipal Court office at 401-348-2514.