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May 18, 2021: STATEMENT FROM CHIEF COURT ADMINSTRATOR PATRICK L. CARROLL III RE: RESUMPTION OF JURY TRIALS IN STATE COURTS
April 9, 2021: Jurors scheduled to appear
in a Connecticut courthouse from now until May 31, 2021, should not report. Their jury service has been cancelled.
- Fifteen months ago, the COVID-19 pandemic prompted the suspension of jury trials. Now, with the virtual elimination of pandemic-related public health restrictions by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Governor, the broad availability of COVID-19 vaccinations, the encouraging reduction of statewide COVID positivity rates, enhanced sanitization and ventilation protocols and procedures within our buildings, and the retrofitting of Judicial Branch facilities to provide the highest level of health and safety protection for prospective jurors, employees and other stakeholders, the time has come for us to restore the essential and fundamental component of our system of justice – the right to a trial by jury.
Accordingly, by direction of the Chief Justice, the Judicial Branch will resume summoning jurors to courthouses throughout the state to restart the jury trial process as of June 1, 2021. As we have done since the beginning of the pandemic, we are undertaking this jury resumption initiative in continuing consultation with Connecticut public health officials and in compliance with directives from the Governor.
We remain committed to assuring that all of our facilities are safe places within which to summon jurors and conduct jury trials. With that goal in mind, we have dispatched our personnel to re-inspect all of our buildings and courtrooms where trials will be held to assure that all appropriate protective measures are in place. Chief Clerks and Chief Judicial Marshals are meeting with their respective staff members to assure that safe, efficient and courteous procedures are in place to welcome and screen prospective jurors into our courthouses. Among other precautions we are taking, we will have ample supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) for distribution to jurors, litigants, witnesses and others who may request such PPE. Hand sanitization stations will be visible and available throughout our facilities. Protective microphone coverings will be available in each courtroom. Face shields will be available, as needed, for witnesses as they testify to assure that facial expressions may be observed and assessed during testimony. At least in the initial stages of the jury resumption initiative, the plans to hold jurors and conduct jury deliberations in a courtroom adjacent to the courtroom where the trial is being held will remain in place. Naturally, the trial judges will also have the flexibility to order additional measures as the judge deems necessary to address concerns expressed by jurors or litigants during the proceedings.
Through this process, we will take every step necessary to assure jurors, counsel, litigants and staff that their safety remains our primary concern and that we have taken, and will continue to take, all appropriate steps necessary to assure that safety.
February 25, 2021: Notice of Resumption of Mediation in cases in the Foreclosure Mediation Program (FMP) involving non-federally backed mortgages
- Notwithstanding the fact that our jury system still sends out jury summonses, all jury service is suspended
until May 31, 2021. If you have been summoned for jury service, please be advised that your service has been
cancelled and that you should not report.
February 3, 2021: Update on Matters
Currently Being Heard
- Beginning March 1, 2021, the Judicial Branch will resume scheduling FMP premediations
and mediations in cases that do not involve federally backed mortgages. At this time, all
premediations and mediations will be held virtually, not in person. For more information on
virtual court proceedings, go to https://jud.ct.gov/RemoteJustice/.
View the Foreclosure Mediation Standing Order – Resumption of Mediations here.
- The Judicial Branch has been conducting court business using alternatives to in-person presence since
March 30, 2021, and has steadily increased the types of matters that are being handled remotely. Currently
all matters, with the exception of jury trials, are being heard in Connecticut state courts.
Matters Being Heard Archive
April 26, 2021: The following courthouses are currently being inspected and updated with the goal of resuming operations in those courthouses as of May 17, 2021:
December 23, 2020: Judicial Branch Face Covering Policy
- Geographical Area No. 5 courthouse located at 106 Elizabeth St. in Derby
- Geographical Area No. 10 courthouse located at 112 Broad St. in New London
- Geographical Area No. 12 courthouse located at 410 Center St. in Manchester
- Judicial District Courthouse located at 155 Church St. in Putnam
- Juvenile Matters at Rockville located at 25 School St. in Rockville
August 14, 2020: Face Coverings
- In addition to employees and judges, this policy applies to all visitors and contractors
- Pursuant to Governor Ned Lamont’s Executive Order No. 7NNN, no person is permitted to
enter a Judicial Branch courthouse or facility without covering his or her mouth and nose with a mask or cloth face
covering. This order replaces Executive Order No. 7BB that was issued in April 2020.
June 10, 2021: The Judicial Branch Law Libraries are reopening to the public on Wednesday, June 16th
April 16, 2021: Statement from Chief Court Administrator Patrick L. Carroll III
July 17, 2020: Connecticut Guide to Remote Hearings For Attorneys and Self-Representive Parties
May 18, 2020: Parenting Education Class offered Online
April 17, 2020: Bid Opportunities Notice Reguarding COVID-19
April 6, 2020: Accessing Judicial Branch Resources from Home
March 16, 2020: Judicial Branch Law Libraries closed until further notice
December 02, 2020: Resumption of Requirements and Deadlines Related to Supreme and Appellate Court Operations and Related to Offers of Compromise
November 19, 2020:
- To the extent possible, virtual hearings at the Supreme Court will
be made available on the Supreme Court's YouTube Channel. Please note the
audio for most hearings from Supreme and Appellate Court arguments, conducted
in person or remotely, are available on the Oral Arguments Audio pages for the
Supreme and Appellate Courts.
June 10, 2020: The Suspension that Applies to Appellate filings in cases pending before the Supreme and Appellate Courts has been Removed
Supreme and Appellate Court Archive
February 1, 2021: Notice of livestreaming of remote on-the-record civil and housing cases
September 24, 2020: Standing Order regarding the filing of an Affidavit-Federal Mortgage Foreclosure Moratorium form JD-CV-172 in mortgage foreclosure cases
September 14, 2020: Notice Regarding Summary Process (eviction) Execution hearings and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Eviction Moratorium
Civil Matters Archive
December 23, 2020: Superior Court for Family Matters Standing Orders
September 09, 2020: Notice of Resumption of Defaults and Nonsuits in Civil and Family Matters
August 12, 2020: Information Regarding Family Matters “Case Dates”
June 25, 2020: Update on Requesting Approval of QDROs
June 17, 2020: Virtual (Video) Hearings and Future Scheduling of Family Court Matters
June 17, 2020: Superior Court for Family Matters Notice to Parties and Counsel
May 18, 2020: Parenting Education Class offered Online
May 15, 2020: Message Regarding Remote Family Pretrials and Status Conferences
Please Do Not File Motions for Continuance
May 14, 2020: Simplifying the process for Self-Represented Parties to E-File their documents
May 5, 2020: Requesting Approval of Gestational Agreements Remotely
April 29, 2020: Notice to Parties and Counsel: Superior Court for Family Matters Previously Scheduled Hearings and Trials During The COVID-19 Emergency
April 3, 2020: Remote Filing of Temporary Restraining Orders
- The Judicial Branch is implementing a new procedure for the remote filing of
temporary restraining orders. A Governor’s Executive Order temporarily eliminates
the requirement that applicants seeking a temporary restraining order must swear
under oath that the statement is true and eliminates the need for a notary public
or other authority to take the applicant’s oath, while still legally obligating the
applicant to make true statements. More information is available here.
Family Matters Archive
May 13, 2020: Criminal Matters Continue Expanding its Capability to Handle Cases
April 7, 2020: Process for Media Representatives to Observe Criminal Proceedings during COVID-19
Criminal Matters Archive