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The reopening of more Superior Court buildings is scheduled throughout June according to a recent announcement by the Connecticut Judicial Branch. The Judicial system is also targetting July 6th as a date to fully expand to normal operational hours including the opening of court buildings Monday through Friday throughout Connecticut. After nearly 3 months of limited hours, these reopenings are followed by strict guidelines to keep the public and court personnel safe. Cloth face-coverings are still mandatory to enter any Connecticut Superior Court.
First Round CT Courts Reopening, June 8, 2020
As part of the first round of Superior Courts reopening, the Connecticut Judicial Branch reopens the Middlesex Judicial District Courthouse in Middletown, Rockville’s Geographical Area No. 19 Courthouse, and the Litchfield Judicial District Courthouse at Torrington as of June 8, 2020″. See the announcement here.
As of June 8th, the Judicial Branch continues to expand criminal matter services through remote pretrial conferences with a Judge, a prosecutor, and a defense attorney to see if an agreement may be reached. These initial efforts will be oriented for defendants currently in custody. “When appropriate, these hearings can be heard via video conferencing at correctional facilities,” Judge Carroll said. “Our criminal matters unit is working closely with the Department of Correction to ensure there are time slots available for each courthouse. DOC has acquired technology that will allow the agency to open an additional hearing room at certain high-volume correctional facilities.”
Upcoming Increase of Current Open Court Hours, June 15, 2020
The Judicial Branch is planning to expand its hours and days of operations. All currently open courthouses will be open Monday through Friday as of June 15. Increasing current open court hours has been a top priority.
New CT Court Hours as of June 15th:
The scheduled court locations hours of operation are as follows: Mondays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday to Friday 9 a.m. -1 p.m.
The recent press release states “that most work within the open court locations will continue to focus on those most pressing matters such as criminal arraignments for defendants held on bond, domestic violence cases, restraining orders, emergency child custody matters, juvenile detention hearings, and all other emergency matters.”
Second Round Reopening of four more additional Connecticut Courthouses, June 29, 2020
Starting on June 15, the Connecticut Juvenile courts located in Hartford and in Bridgeport will expand their hours of operation. The hours for these juvenile courts are Mondays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Connecticut Judicial Branch expects to fulfill regular operational hours the week of July 6, 2020
All open courthouse locations are scheduled to be open to the public the week of July 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“We continue to plan for increasing expansion of the Branch’s physical footprint and all business operations in a way that places personal safety of the public, the bar and employees at the forefront while also balancing the requirement to continue to provide expanded access,” Chief Court Administrator Patrick L. Carroll III said.”
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