Rhode Island

a. Definition.

The OML makes reference to "regularly scheduled meetings" without further definition.

B. How to Quash

Quashing a subpoena issued in civil cases is governed by Rhode Island Superior Court Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 45(c)(3)(A). It provides that:

on timely motion, the court by which a subpoena was issued shall quash or modify the subpoena if it:

(i) Fails to allow reasonable time for compliance;

(ii) Requires disclosure of privileged or other protected matter and no exception or waiver applies, or

(iii) Subjects a person to undue burden.

3. Private matter message on government hardware.

There is no statutory or case law addressing this issue.

3. Pro se possibility, advisability.

Bringing an action pro se is possible but not advisable for procedural reasons.

(3). Where posted.

There are no special requirements regarding emergency meetings. If an emergency meeting is called, a meeting notice and agenda shall be posted as soon as practicable and filed electronically with the secretary of state pursuant to the rules and regulations which shall be promulgated by the secretary of state. R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-46-6(c).

A. Burden, standard of proof

The Rhode Island Shield Law provides that a party seeking to divest the privilege must show "that there is substantial evidence that disclosure of the information or of the source of the information is necessary to permit a criminal prosecution for the commission of a specific felony, or to prevent a threat to human life, and that the information or the source of the information is not available from other prospective witnesses." R.I. Gen. Laws § 9-19.1-3.

3. Fee issues.

Presumably the same applies.

1. Rules for active investigations.

There is no statutory or case law addressing this issue.