Support journalism that matters to you

Since COVID-19 impacts us all and we want everyone in our community to have the important information they need, we have decided to make all coronavirus related stories free to read on theday.com/coronavirus. While we are providing free access to articles, they are not free to produce. The newsroom is working long hours to provide you the news and information you need during this health emergency. Please consider supporting our work by subscribing or donating.

State Judicial Branch to reopen three courts on June 8

The Connecticut Judicial Branch, which has been operating in limited capacity throughout the coronavirus pandemic, announced Wednesday that it would reopen courthouses in Middletown, Rockville and Torrington on Monday, June 8.

Ten courts have remained open through the pandemic: the Supreme and Appellate courts in Hartford; the Judicial District courthouses in Bridgeport, New Britain, New Haven and New London; the Geographical Area courthouses in Hartford (No. 14) and Waterbury (No. 4); and the juvenile courts in Hartford and Bridgeport.

Beyond these locations and the three courthouses resuming partial operations effective June 8, all other courts will remain closed until further notice. Juvenile court business will resume in the Middletown, New Britain and Torrington courthouses, effective June 8. Cases from the Waterbury Juvenile Court will go to Torrington and cases from the Waterford Juvenile Court will go to Middletown.

The open courthouses will operate on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All courts will be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays until further notice. The days and hours of operation are subject to further change in the coming days and weeks.

The open courthouses will continue to handle "priority one" matters, including arraignments of defendants held on bond; arraignments of defendants in domestic violence cases; emergency child custody matters; and juvenile detention hearings. Many other matters are being handled remotely or through video conferencing.

"This pandemic has created many challenges for the Judicial Branch but it has also created new opportunities — opportunities to develop and leverage innovative technologies to allow us to do more court business remotely, resulting in greater convenience and greater efficiency," Connecticut's chief court administrator, Judge Patrick L Carroll III, said in a news release.

Masks, social distancing, hand sanitizers, limitations on the number of people allowed in courtrooms and courthouses, and enhanced sanitization protocols will be part of court operations for the foreseeable future, Carroll said.

Updated information regarding the branch's expansion of remote capabilities and functions will continue to be posted on the Judicial Branch website at jud.ct.gov and tweeted at @CTStateCourts.

k.florin@theday.com

READER COMMENTS

Loading comments...
Hide Comments
Stay up to date with The Day's breaking coronavirus coverage
Sign up to receive our daily coronavirus newsletter

All of our stories about the coronavirus are being provided free of charge as a service to the public. You can find all of our stories here.

You can support local journalism by subscribing or donating to The Day.


TRENDING

PODCASTS