The hearing will be held in Courtroom 2 on the first floor of the building.
Everyone is required to pass through a metal detector each time he/she enters the
courthouse. Please cooperate with the sheriffs. No cameras, recording devices, food or
drinks are permitted in the building.
The hearing will take place at the Superior Court at 123 Hoyt Street, Stamford, CT
at 10 a.m., Friday, October 20th. If necessary, subsequent dates for the hearing will be
set by the judge.
The judge has determined that this matter will be open to the press and public.
However, courtroom seating is limited. A media advisory was placed on our website and
published by the Associated Press. This indicated that media requests for seating would be
accepted until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 17th. REQUESTS HAVE EXCEEDED THE NUMBER OF
AVAILABLE SEATS. Therefore, it will be necessary to set up media pools as indicated in the
advisory. Four seats have been reserved for the public and will be available on a first
come, first served basis.
The courthouse is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Generally, judges recess in the morning from
11:30-11:45, for lunch from 1-2 p.m. and again from 3:30-3:45 p.m. These times are subject
to change by the judge.
Cameras and Other Equipment:
The rules governing media in the Connecticut Practice Book do not permit the broadcasting,
televising, recording or taking of photographs in the courtroom and adjacent areas in
juvenile matters and any matters prior to trial. Therefore, recording equipment and
cameras will not be permitted in the courthouse.
Cell phones and pagers may be brought into the courthouse, but must be turned off or
placed in silent mode while in the courtroom. Calls may be made on cellular phones in any
area outside the courtrooms, so long as no disruption of court proceedings occurs. Laptop
computers may be used at the discretion of the judge. They must be quiet.
Sketch artists may bring necessary equipment into the courtroom.
to all Connecticut courts may be found on the Judicial Branch website.
Metro North has frequent trains from Grand
Central Station to Stamford. In Stamford, cabs and a shuttle bus are available at the
Judge Dennis has agreed to release transcripts of all matters heard in court. Copies of
transcripts may be obtained by contacting Susan Wandzilak, Official Reporter, at
203-965-5238. She will explain the costs.
Judge Dennis has issued her decision regarding the release of documents. The decision may
be found on our website. No documents will be released.
In order to preserve the integrity of the evidence, no items will be available for
examination. Since cameras are prohibited, evidentiary items will not be available to be
Office telephones are not available for public use. There are two public telephones on the
first floor and two on the second.
Onsite parking is available for staff only. There is a municipal parking garage on Forest
Street. Directions to this lot are located on a sign in front of the
courthhouse. There is
a private lot behind Brooks Pharmacy that charges a fee.
Street parking is available in accordance with city parking regulations. Contact the
Stamford Police Department with regard to regulations concerning the parking of satellite
A new courthouse is currently under construction in the area that had previously been
available for public parking. We regret the inconvenience.
Members of the press and public must, at all times, position themselves on the court
property so that public ingress and egress to the buildings is not restricted. Please
follow the sheriffs' directions to ensure both free access and safety. An area of the
parking lot will be set aside for cameras and other equipment. Please do not sit on staff
cars or place equipment on them. No food or drink is permitted in the courthouse. The
courthouse does not have a cafeteria. There is no smoking in the courthouse.
JUDGE DENNIS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT. INQUIRIES, PROBLEMS OR COMPLAINTS MAY BE
DIRECTED TO LORRAINE MURPHY, TRIAL COURT ADMINISTRATOR, AT 203-965-5271. IN THE EVENT THAT
YOU NEED TO REACH HER CONCERNING AN URGENT MATTER, YOU MAY CALL HER PAGER AT