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February 1, 2020: 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
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
April 3, 2020: Reduced Days of Operation
- 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 1, 2020: Adult Probation offices closed
- 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: Temporary Closure of Ansonia-Milford and Middlesex Judicial District Courthouses
- 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.
March 31, 2020: Order To Temporarily Close Stamford Courthouse
- 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 27, 2020: Support Enforcement Services to Temporarily Close Offices
- 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 26, 2020: Closure of Three More Courthouses
- 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: Minimizing the number of people in our 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: Courthouse Hours are Limited
- 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 25, 2020: Danbury Courthouse Closed
- 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 18, 2020: Court Business to be Conducted in 15 Locations Only
- 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.
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.
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
March 30, 2020: Experiential Learning Programs
- 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 24, 2020: New, Suspended or Amended Practice Book Rules
March 16, 2020: Statewide Grievance Committee Hearings Postponed
- 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 16, 2020: Sentence Review Docket 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.
- The Sentence Review Docket for March 24, 2020 has been cancelled. The cases will be continued to either April, May or June.
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
March 27, 2020: Daily Hours of the Supreme and Appellate Court
- 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 26, 2020: Appellate Court Will Not Hear Arguments During its April Term
- 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 20, 2020: Updated Notice from the Supreme Court and Appellate Court(Please click here to see the revised notice)
- 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 19, 2020: Connecticut Supreme Court oral arguments postponed
- 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.
- 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.
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 23, 2020: Removal of the Suspension of Requirements and Deadlines in Section 3-2 and Section 17-30 Concerning Defaults
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
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
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.
- 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.
April 23, 2020: Foreclosures for June through July 18, 2020 cancelled
- 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.
- 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
March 30, 2020: Civil Scheduling Agreements and Case Management Orders
- 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 19, 2020: Update on Civil & Housing Matters including Evictions and Foreclosures
- 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.
- 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.
May 7, 2020: Family Matters Update
May 20, 2020: Interim COVID-19 Criminal Procedures and Technical Standards