Special Sessions of the Superior Court
A Guide to Criminal
Court - Special Sessions & Diversionary Programs - (JDP-CR-137 - PDF)
Directions to Hartford Community Court
Child Protection Session
A session of the Superior Court for Juvenile Matters, located in the
Middlesex Judicial District Superior Court, 1 Court Street, Middletown. It
serves as a statewide juvenile trial court, accepting child protection cases
referred by local juvenile court judges. The referral criteria include: age
of the case, significance of the action (termination of parental rights is
the most important), and complexity of the case. If the case is accepted,
the Department of Children and Families provides transportation to
Middletown to parents who need it.
Complex Litigation Docket
Complex Litigation Docket. Dockets for civil cases
with multiple litigants and/or legally challenging issues or multi-million
dollar claims for damages currently available in Hartford, Stamford and
Waterbury. Cases accepted are assigned to an individual judge, who presides
over all aspects of the case.
See Facts About the Connecticut Judicial Branch Complex Litigation Docket (PDF)
Notice to Attorneys re: Complex Litigation Docket -
Effective February 1, 2010
Notice to Attorneys re: Complex Litigation Docket, Superior Court,
Civil Division - Effective January 5, 2009, Rev. October 1, 2009
- Parties may file an Application for Case Referral-Complex Litigation
(JD-CV-39) (PDF) - to request designation as complex litigation and
assignment to the docket. The party filing the application to request
the matter be designated as a complex litigation case shall pay the sum
of three hundred thirty-five dollars ($335.00) at the time the request
- Any objection to the transfer of a case to the Complex
Litigation Docket must be filed within 15 calendar days after the filing
of the application. Attorneys not excluded from e-filing must select
"Objection to Transfer to Complex Litigation" when naming the objection
in e-filing. Attorneys excluded from e-filing and self-represented
parties must file the objection with the Clerk in the judicial district
in which the case is pending and must title it "Objection to Transfer to
the Complex Litigation Docket."
- The Chief Administrative Judge of
the Civil Division has discretion to schedule a hearing to consider
whether referral to the Complex Litigation Docket is appropriate.
Community Court in Hartford
- What is Community Court?
- What crimes are handled in Community Court?
- What jurisdictions does the Hartford Community Court represent?
- What kinds of sentences are ordered?
- What groups have partnered with the Hartford Community Court?
- How can I get more information about the Hartford Community Court?
- Fifth Anniversary Celebration
- Community Court Newsletters
- Directions to Hartford Community Court
- Evaluation of the Hartford Community Court
What is Community Court?
Opened on November 10, 1998, the State of Connecticut Superior Court Community
Court Session in Hartford is a collaborative effort between the State of
Connecticut Judicial Branch and local authorities that seeks to address the
"quality of life" crimes that contribute to the deterioration of local
neighborhoods. Committed to the concept of restorative justice, the
Community Court in Hartford utilizes a combination of court-supervised
community service and social services to promote responsibility among
defendants for their actions while simultaneously offering a helping hand to
address the social issues that may be contributing to their behavior.
In the 25 years since opening,*, the Hartford Community Court has handled over
162,000 cases. Its social services team has made nearly 40,000 human services
referrals. Hartford Community Court defendants have provided over 629,000
hours of community service throughout local communities.
* November 10, 1998 through October 20, 2023.
What crimes are handled in Community Court?
The Community Court deals
with a wide array of crimes including possessing more than the allowed amount of cannabis, breach
of peace, criminal mischief, criminal trespass, larceny (shoplifting),
disorderly conduct, threatening, prostitution,
illegal liquor possession by a minor, public nuisance, public drunkenness,
excessive noise, and illegal vending.
The Community Court in
Hartford is a special session of the Hartford Judicial District Superior
Court. In addition to Hartford, the Community Court accepts cases from the
towns of Avon, Bloomfield, Canton, East Granby, East Windsor, Enfield, Farmington, Granby, Simsbury, Suffield, West Hartford, Windsor, and Windsor Locks.
kinds of sentences are ordered?
Most defendants are ordered to perform
community service, in lieu of being sent to jail and/or fines. For example,
defendants may work on street clean-up crews or help deliver food to the
needy. The Court also requires all defendants to meet with a member of the
Community Court Social Services Team. The Community Court's on-site social
services staff consists of representatives from the State Department of Mental Health and
Addiction Services, the State Department of Social Services, InterCommunity Health Care’s Jail Diversion Substance Abuse program, the Division of Public Defender Services, the State’s Attorney’s Early Screening and Intervention program and the municipalities of East Windsor, Farmington, Hartford, West Hartford and Windsor. The court
sanctions and monitors defendants mandated for further medical treatment by
the Social Services Team.
The Community Court Session in Hartford has provided a
forum for collaboration among those who seek to restore the quality of life
in our communities. In addition to State of Connecticut Judicial Branch
staff, and staff from the Division of Public Defender Services and the Office of the State’s Attorney’s Judicial District of Hartford, on-site personnel include members of the City of Hartford's
Department of Health and Human Services, and the State Department of Mental
Health and Addiction Services, the State Department of Social Services, InterCommunity Health Care’s Jail Diversion Substance Abuse program as well as social service staff from the municipalities of East Windsor, Farmington, Hartford, West Hartford and Windsor. Contracted staff from Community Partners in
Action, also play a
significant role in the daily operations of the Community Court. Support
from community members, local police departments, and numerous nonprofit
agencies throughout Greater Hartford have also contributed to the unique
dynamics of the Court.
How can I get more information about the Hartford
You may contact the Hartford Community Court Officer at:
Fax: (860) 756-7025
Domestic Violence Dockets
Dockets that handle domestic violence cases using a
vertical case management approach. Teams comprised of prosecutors, family
relations counselors, domestic violence victim advocates, and
representatives of law enforcement coordinate case processing through
regular meetings. Defendants are required to return to court frequently to
ensure that they are following court orders.
Land Use Litigation Docket
A special session of the Superior Court
has been established in the
Hartford Judicial District at 95 Washington
Street for the adjudication of specifically identified land use cases.
The following types of land use cases will be considered for transfer:
- Planning / Zoning;
- Inland/Wetlands/Environmental Enforcement and;
- Miscellaneous land use litigation
- *Affordable Housing Appeals
(will be transferred to the land use docket and
reassigned as appropriate)
Counsel or self-represented parties may file an application for referral
using form JD-CV-129, Application for Case Referral – Land Use Litigation
Docket. Cases that are accepted for transfer will be transferred in
full to the Land Use Litigation Docket.
Please note that the following
land use case types will not be accepted for transfer to the docket at this
- ZBA Variances;
- Easements and;
- Quiet Title
Standing Order for the Transfer of Affordable Housing Appeals
Application for Case Referral - Land Use Litigation Docket,
JD-CV-129 - PDF
Request for Adjudication, Complex Litigation Docket,
JD-CL-077 - PDF
If you have any questions please contact Abby Bowker at 860-548-2851 or
Abby.Bowker@jud.ct.gov or Rose Ann Rush at 203-965-5288 or RoseAnn.Rush@jud.ct.gov
Regional Family Trial Docket
The Regional Family Trial Docket (RFTD) is a special docket in the Middlesex
Judicial District (located at 1 Court Street, Middletown) that handles high-conflict family matters, with priority given to highly contested cases involving children. The goal of the RFTD is to hear and resolve cases quickly and without interruption. Cases are referred to the RFTD by family presiding judges in each judicial district.
Tax and Administrative Appeals Session
A special session of the Superior Court established
to hear state and municipal tax appeals and appeals from state
administrative agencies under the Uniform Administrative Procedure Act
(C.G.S. sec. 4-166 et seq.). It is located at
New Britain Superior Court, 20
Franklin Square, New Britain, CT 06051.