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May 27, 2022: General Guidelines for the Use of Remote Proceedings Post-Covid
May 18, 2021: STATEMENT FROM CHIEF COURT ADMINSTRATOR PATRICK L. CARROLL III RE: RESUMPTION OF JURY TRIALS IN STATE COURTS
February 25, 2021: Notice of Resumption of Mediation in cases in the Foreclosure Mediation Program (FMP) involving non-federally backed mortgages
- 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.
- 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.
Matters Being Heard Archive
May 23, 2022:
- Connecticut continues to see an increase in community spread of COVID-19. The CDC provides a simple tool to assist individuals in determining the COVID-19 community level. Depending on the level (High, Moderate, Low), the CDC has different recommendations regarding the use of masks indoors and additional precautions. At the high level, use of masks is recommended indoors.
June 10, 2021: The Judicial Branch Law Libraries are reopening to the public on Wednesday, June 16th
December 23, 2020: Judicial Branch Face Covering Policy
- In addition to employees and judges, this policy applies to all visitors and contractors
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
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
Civil Matters Archive
December 23, 2020: Superior Court for Family Matters Standing Orders
May 18, 2020: Parenting Education Class offered Online
May 14, 2020: Simplifying the process for Self-Represented Parties to E-File their documents
Family Matters Archive
May 13, 2020: Criminal Matters Continue Expanding its Capability to Handle Cases
Criminal Matters Archive