The bill amends sections 9-12-10 and 9-12-10.1 of the General Laws in Chapter 9-12, titled "District Court Practice," to change the procedures and fees associated with filing a claim of appeal to superior court in civil cases. It introduces new provisions for the payment of appeal fees by plaintiffs and defendants when claiming an appeal from the judgment of the district court. Specifically, the bill removes the previous requirement for the party claiming the appeal to pay all costs, including an attorney's fee of $50.00, and instead sets an appeal fee of $70.00 for plaintiffs and a total fee of $115.00 for defendants, which includes a filing fee of $70.00, a service fee of $45.00, a civil case processing fee of $17.50, and a technology surcharge of $3.25.

Additionally, the bill modifies the timeframe for filing a claim of appeal in landlord-tenant actions to include Saturdays, Sundays, and state or federal legal holidays within the five-day period after the judgment is entered. The deleted language concerning the payment of costs and attorney's fees to the clerk for the adverse party has been replaced with the new fee structure. The act is set to take effect upon passage, updating the filing fees and time frame for certain claims of appeal to superior court.