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Archived COVID-19 Website Notices By Topic

Matters Being Heard (archived notices)
Facilities (archived notices)
General (archived notices)
Supreme and Appellate Court (archived notices)
Civil Matters (archived notices)
Family Matters (archived notices)
Criminal Matters (archived notices)

Matters Being Heard (archived notices)

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.
  • 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
  • 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.
February 1, 2021: Jurors scheduled to appear in a Connecticut courthouse from now until April 30, 2021, should not report. Their jury service has been cancelled.
  • Notwithstanding the fact that our jury system still sends out jury summonses, all jury service is suspended until April 30, 2021. If you have been summoned for jury service, please be advised that your service has been cancelled and that you should not report.

August 28, 2020: Connecticut Judicial Branch Continues to Expand Court Operations

July 29, 2020: The Judicial Branch is Expanding its Remote Capabilities

June 17, 2020: The Judicial Branch is Expanding its Remote Capabilities

May 28, 2020: The Judicial Branch is Expanding its Remote Capabilities

May 7, 2020: Judicial Branch Continues to Expand Types of Cases Handled Remotely

April 15, 2020: Operating Superior Courts now Accepting Non-Priority 1 Civil and Family filings

April 14, 2020: Connecticut Judicial Branch Initiates Plan to Resolve More Cases

April 13, 2020: Jury Duty
  • Notwithstanding the fact that our jury system still sends out jury summonses, all jury service is suspended until further notice. If you have been summoned for jury duty, please be advised that your service has been cancelled and that you should not report.

March 19, 2020: Governor’s Executive Order No. 7G Suspension of Non-Critical Court Operations and Associated Requirements.

March 12, 2020: Courts Will Handle Only Top Priority Cases
  • Under the terms and provisions of the Judicial Branch’s Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP), the courts will schedule and hear only those matters identified as “Priority 1 Business Functions” until further notice.
  • The following matters are Priority 1 Business Functions:
    • Criminal arraignments of defendants held in lieu of bond and all arraignments involving domestic violence cases;
    • Juvenile Detention hearings;
    • Family orders of relief from abuse;
    • Civil orders of relief from abuse
    • Civil protection orders
    • Ex parte motions
    • Orders of temporary custody (Juvenile Matters)
    • Orders to appear (Juvenile Matters)
    • Emergency ex parte order of temporary custody
    • Juvenile detention operations for detainees held for juvenile court
    • Termination of parental rights
    • Domestic violence victim notification
    • Civil and family capias mittimus execution and bond review

Facilities (archived notices)

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:
  • 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
  • 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.

July 01, 2020: CT Judicial Branch Continues to Expand Court Operations

June 4, 2020: Connecticut Judicial Branch Continues with Expansions of Operations

May 27, 2020: Limited Operations to Resume in Three Currently Closed Courthouses

April 22, 2020: Governor Lamont Executive Order
  • Pursuant to Governor Ned Lamont’s Executive Order No. 7BB, effective immediately no person is permitted to enter a Judicial Branch courthouse or facility without covering his/her mouth and nose with a mask or cloth face-covering. This order has been repealed and has been replaced by Executive Order No. 7BB.
April 3, 2020: Reduced Days of Operation
  • All remaining open courthouses will be closed on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Beginning on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, all courthouses will be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays until further notice. This further reduction of the days that the courts will be open to the public is part of the Judicial Branch’s ongoing effort to secure the highest possible level of protection to the public and the staff who work in our courthouses.
April 1, 2020: Adult Probation offices closed
  • The Judicial Branch has closed Adult Probation offices to public access, including to probation clients, unless authorized by a probation officer, until further notice. The offices are staffed the same hours as the courts are open, and you may contact the offices by telephone. Please do not hesitate to call if you need assistance from a probation officer. For more information, please click here. Thank you for your understanding.
April 1, 2020: Temporary Closure of Ansonia-Milford and Middlesex Judicial District Courthouses
  • The Ansonia-Milford Judicial District Courthouse in Milford and the Middlesex Judicial District Courthouse in Middletown are temporarily closed effective at the close of business on April 1, 2020. Cases from Ansonia-Milford will transfer to the Fairfield Judicial District courthouse located at 1061 Main St. in Bridgeport and cases from Middletown will transfer to the New Britain Judicial District courthouse located at 20 Franklin Square.
March 31, 2020: Order To Temporarily Close Stamford Courthouse
  • The Stamford Courthouse will be closed to the public until further notice. Cases from Stamford will be transferred to the Fairfield Judicial District Courthouse, located at 1061 Main St., Bridgeport.
March 27, 2020: Support Enforcement Services to Temporarily Close Offices
  • Effective March 30, 2020, and until further notice, the Judicial Branch’s Support Enforcement Services (SES) offices are closing statewide due to the COVID-19 crisis. The call center also will be closed effective March 30, 2020, until further notice.
  • Individuals can continue to pay child support by mailing a check or money order to the Connecticut State Disbursement Center at: Connecticut-CCSPC, P.O. Box 990031, Hartford, CT 06199-0031. Please make sure to include your file number and/or Social Security number on the check or money order.
  • During this time, SES is operating with reduced staffing and is providing limited services. If you have an important child support issue or question regarding your case, you may email SES at CSIPRU@JUD.CT.GOV
  • You may also continue to call the automated payment processing line for payment information on your case, at 1-888-223-7223.
March 26, 2020: Closure of Three More Courthouses
  • Three courthouses -- the Litchfield Judicial District courthouse located at 50 Field St., Torrington; the Geographical Area (GA) #19 courthouse located at 20 Park St. in Rockville; and the GA #11 courthouse located at 120 School St. in Danielson – will be temporarily closed until further notice, effective at the close of business on Friday, March 27, 2020.
  • Effective, Monday, March 30, 2020, matters from Litchfield will transfer to the Waterbury GA #4 courthouse; matters from Rockville will transfer to the Hartford GA #14 courthouse; and matters from Danielson will transfer to the New London Judicial District courthouse.
March 26, 2020: Minimizing the number of people in our Courthouses
  • Effective immediately and until further notice, entrance to courthouses that remain open is being limited to those individuals who are:
    • filing or have a hearing for a Temporary Restraining Order;
    • filing or have a hearing for a Civil Protection Order;
    • filing or have a hearing on an emergency Ex Parte motion for custody; or
    • are involved in a criminal arraignment or other criminal proceeding.
March 26, 2020: Courthouse Hours are Limited
  • Effective Tuesday, March 31, 2020, and continuing each week Tuesday through Friday until further notice, the remaining open courthouses and two juvenile courthouses in Hartford and Bridgeport will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with staff leaving for the day at 2 p.m. Hours on Mondays will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Between now and March 31, these courts will be open during their regular hours of 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
March 25, 2020: Danbury Courthouse Closed
  • The Danbury Judicial District Courthouse located at located at 146 White Street was closed effective Thursday, March 26, 2020.
  • All cases that would otherwise be handled in the Danbury courthouse have been transferred to the Waterbury GA Courthouse at 400 Grand Street, effective Thursday, March 26, 2020. This transfer of business will be in effect until further notice.
March 18, 2020: Court Business to be Conducted in 15 Locations Only

Effective Thursday, March 19, 2020, the Judicial Branch implemented these changes:

  • One building in each of the 13 Judicial Districts has been designated as the location at which only Priority 1 functions (as defined in our Continuity of Operations Plan) will be handled. Here is a list of courthouses that will remain open.
  • Juvenile Matters are heard in the Hartford and Bridgeport juvenile courthouses.
  • The Branch’s Executive Directors have reach out to their respective employees to determine who will staff these locations and conduct all other vital functions such as information technology, human resources and payroll.
  • All other staff will remain at home. Those whose jobs allow them to work at home will do so.

General (archived notices)

April 16, 2021: Statement from Chief Court Administrator Patrick L. Carroll III

July 08, 2020: Fiscal Impact of the Pandemic on the Judicial Branch’s Budget; Appropriations Committee’s Informational Forum, July 6, 2020

May 29, 2020: The Sentence Review docket for June is canceled.

May 6, 2020: Connecticut Fall 2020 Bar Examination - Update

April 30, 2020: Rules Committee of the Superior Court Suspended Certain Rules of Practice and Procedure
  • On March 24, 2020, the Rules Committee of the Superior Court suspended the operation of certain rules of practice and procedure for the duration of the present public health emergency, including Practice Book § 2-70 concerning collection of the annual client security fund fee. As a result, collection of the 2020 client security fund fee has been suspended until further notice. Attorneys will be notified once suspension of the rule has been lifted and a new due date for the 2020 fee has been established. Please do not send payment of the 2020 security fund fee until notified to do so.

April 7, 2020: Process for Media Representatives to Observe Criminal Proceedings during COVID-19

March 30, 2020: Connecticut Bar Examination
  • The Connecticut Bar Examining Committee announced today that, due to the ongoing public health emergency arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Connecticut bar examination will not be administered on July 28 – 29, 2020 as previously scheduled. The bar exam has been postponed until fall, on dates to be determined.
March 30, 2020: Experiential Learning Programs
  • Due to COVID-19, the Experiential Learning Program is suspending the summer internship program. We encourage students to apply for the Fall internship program, and appreciate your interest in the Experiential Learning Program.
March 24, 2020: New, Suspended or Amended Practice Book Rules

March 16, 2020: Judicial Branch Law Libraries closed until further notice

March 16, 2020: Statewide Grievance Committee Hearings Postponed
  • Due to the spread of the COVID-19/Coronavirus, all hearings scheduled for April 2020 before the Statewide Grievance Committee are postponed until further notice.
March 16, 2020: Sentence Review Docket Postponed
  • The Sentence Review Docket for March 24, 2020 has been cancelled. The cases will be continued to either April, May or June.

Supreme and Appellate Court (archived notices)

February 18, 2021 – Beginning on February 18, 2021, Supreme Court oral arguments will be livestreamed on the Judicial Branch's YouTube channel.

May 20, 2020: Notice re: Special Sessions of the Supreme and Appellate Courts
  • Supreme Court arguments via videoconferencing will be held on June 1, June 3, June 5, June 10, June 12, and June 22, 2020.
  • Appellate Court arguments via videoconferencing will be held on June 15, June 17, June 19, June 29, and July 1, 2020.
  • Assignment details are available on the Supreme and Appellate Courts' webpages.

April 27, 2020: CT Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument Remotely, Chief Justice Richard A. Robinson’s Opening Remarks

April 14, 2020: CT Supreme and Appellate Courts to Hear Cases Remotely

April 7, 2020: Hours of Operation for the Office of the Appellate Clerk
  • Effective Monday, April 13, 2020, and until further notice, the hours of operation for the Office of the Appellate Clerk will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
March 27, 2020: Daily Hours of the Supreme and Appellate Court
  • Effective Tuesday, March 31, and until further notice, the daily hours of the Supreme and Appellate Courts will be 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
March 26, 2020: Appellate Court Will Not Hear Arguments During its April Term
  • In recognition of the public health emergency declaration issued by Governor Lamont, and due to the concern over the spread of the COVID19/Coronavirus, no oral arguments will be scheduled at the Appellate Court during the court's seventh term (April 6-April 24, 2020).
  • With the agreement of all counsel of record, fully briefed and ready cases may be submitted for disposition based on the briefs, appendices and record, without oral argument. If possible, requests for disposition without oral argument should be filed with the Office of the Appellate Clerk by April 15, 2020.
  • These requests must be filed as "Correspondence to Court Regarding Waiver of Oral Argument" which is listed under the "Preliminary Paper/Appeal Document" section in the Appellate E-filing.
March 20, 2020: Updated Notice from the Supreme Court and Appellate Court(Please click here to see the revised notice)
  • Please be advised that the time requirements for all Supreme and Appellate Court filings are suspended until further notice. Please see Governor Lamont's Executive Order, No. 7G, March 19, 2020. Due to staff shortage in the Office of the Appellate Clerk and in response to the COVID19 virus emergency, it is requested that no paper briefs be filed until further notice.
March 19, 2020: Connecticut Supreme Court oral arguments postponed
  • To promote public and personal health during the COVID-19 crisis, the Connecticut Supreme Court has postponed oral arguments in cases scheduled to have been heard between March 24-April 2, 2020.
  • These matters will be heard at a future date and time to be determined.

Civil Matters (archived notices)

November 25, 2020: Notice of resumption of civil short calendar 02 (Property/Foreclosure) for arguable matters

October 13, 2020: Notice of Resumption of Civil Short Calendar 01 (Civil Arguable Matters)

September 29, 2020: Notice of Resumption of Civil Short Calendar 02 (Property/Foreclosure) for Non-arguable Motions

September 24, 2020: Standing Order regarding the filing of an Affidavit-Federal Mortgage Foreclosure Moratorium form JD-CV-172 in mortgage foreclosure cases

September 23, 2020: Removal of the Suspension of Requirements and Deadlines in Section 3-2 and Section 17-30 Concerning Defaults

September 14, 2020: Notice Regarding Summary Process (eviction) Execution hearings and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Eviction Moratorium

September 09, 2020: Notice of Resumption of Defaults and Nonsuits in Civil and Family Matters

September 04, 2020: Order extending strict foreclosure law days to October 6, 2020

September 03, 2020: Notice Regarding Issuance and Service of Executions

August 21, 2020: Notice Regarding Short Calendars
  • Beginning with the September 8, 2020 calendar, Short Calendar 03 (Special Proceedings/PJR) will resume in addition to Short Calendar 10 (Non-arguable calendar) and all Indical calendars. All motions on Short Calendar 3 that are marked “take papers” will be ruled on by the Court on the papers. Motions marked “ready” will be scheduled for a remote hearing at a later date. For more information.

July 20, 2020: Immediate stay on the service of all issued executions on evictions and ejectments through September 1, 2020

July 20, 2020: Order extending strict foreclosure law days to September 9, 2020

July 09, 2020: Order extending foreclosure sale dates to October 3, 2020 and foreclosure committee bar dates to August 26, 2020

June 9, 2020: Order extending foreclosure sale dates to August 22, 2020 and foreclosure committee bar dates to July 15, 2020

June 9, 2020: Order extending strict foreclosure law days to August 4, 2020

June 9, 2020: Immediate stay of the service of all issued executions on evictions and ejectments through August 1, 2020

May 15, 2020: Immediate stay of the service of all issued executions on evictions and ejectments through July 1, 2020

May 15, 2020: Strict Foreclosure Order
  • All Judgments of Strict Foreclosure entered in matters with law days prior to July 7, 2020 are opened by the Court for the sole purpose of extending the Law Day in those matters to July 7, 2020 for the owner of equity of redemption and thereafter for subsequent encumbrancers in the inverse order of their priorities. The plaintiff in those matters is hereby ordered to file a notice of the new law day in the court file.
May 1, 2020: Effective with the May 18, 2020 calendars, arguable motions marked take papers on all Indical calendars will be ruled on by the Court. Matters marked ready will be marked off by the Court and must be reclaimed.
  • Judges will continue to rule on certain civil non-arguable short calendar matters that have been marked take papers on Short Calendar 10 and Indical calendars. Starting with the May 18, 2020 calendar, both arguable and non-arguable motions will print on all Indical calendars assigned to a specific judge under the Individual Calendaring Program. Judges will rule on arguable and non-arguable motions that are marked take papers. Arguable motions marked ready instead of take papers will be marked off by the Court and must be reclaimed. Attorneys are required to mark their motions electronically unless they have an exemption from e-filing. Self-represented parties and e-filing exempt attorneys can call in their markings to the number listed on their calendar notice. We continue to appreciate your patience as we expand civil court business during these unprecedented times.
April 23, 2020: Foreclosures for June through July 18, 2020 cancelled
  • All foreclosure sales scheduled for June and through July 18, 2020 are hereby cancelled in order to prevent a potential gathering of individuals at the auction site. Click Here

April 23, 2020: Per order of Judge James W. Abrams, Chief Administrative Judge of Civil Matters, there is an IMMEDIATE STAY of the service of all issued executions on evictions and ejectments through June 1, 2020

April 17, 2020: Civil Short Calendar
  • Civil Short Calendar will be reinstated effective May 4, 2020 for non-arguable matters, but no short calendar court sessions will be held until the Judicial Branch resumes normal operations. For more information
March 30, 2020: Civil Scheduling Agreements and Case Management Orders
  • Per order of Judge James W. Abrams, Chief Administrative Judge for Civil Matters, all deadlines contained in Civil Scheduling Agreements and Case Management Orders are hereby suspended until such time as Judicial Branch operations are fully restored.
March 19, 2020: Update on Civil & Housing Matters including Evictions and Foreclosures
  • There shall be an immediate stay of all issued executions on evictions and ejectments through May 1, 2020.
  • Consistent with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's recently enacted 60-day moratorium on foreclosures and evictions, the Court is hereby extending its previous Orders cancelling some foreclosure sales with the following Orders: ALL foreclosure sales previously scheduled to have occurred in March and April and May are hereby rescheduled to Saturday, June 6, 2020, with no appointed Committee to begin working on the sale (i.e. place foreclosure signs on properties, etc.) prior to May 1, 2020.
  • The judgment in ANY foreclosure action in which the Court set a “law day” to run on any date in March and April and May is hereby amended with the first law day now set for June 2, 2020.
  • Finally, all civil trials, trial management conferences, pre-trials, status conferences, J-ADR mediations and short calendars, arguable and non-arguable, have been cancelled so long as Judicial Branch operations are limited to Priority 1 functions only. Per order of Hon. James W. Abrams, Chief Administrative Judge for Civil Matters.

Family Matters (archived notices)

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 15, 2020: Message Regarding Remote Family Pretrials and Status Conferences
Please Do Not File Motions for Continuance

May 7, 2020: Family Matters Update

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.

Criminal Matters (archived notices)

May 20, 2020: Interim COVID-19 Criminal Procedures and Technical Standards

April 7, 2020: Process for Media Representatives to Observe Criminal Proceedings during COVID-19