Connecticut State Court and COVID-19 – Update
Slowly but surely, Connecticut State Courts are waking from the pandemic induced stupor. Since our last update, we can report on several developments that bode well for the future. That said, any thought of jury trials in the future is far off.
COURT OPERATIONS CONTINUE TO EXPAND
The Judicial Branch appears to be making progress. Beginning July 20, 2020, some court operations will resume at eight additional courthouses. These locations include:
- Geographical Area No. 2 courthouse at 172 Golden Hill St. in Bridgeport;
- The Community Court and Housing Sessions courthouse at 80 Washington St. in Hartford;
- The Judicial District at Meriden courthouse at 54 W. Main St. in Meriden;
- The Judicial District at Norwich courthouse at 1 Courthouse Square in Norwich
- The Judicial District at Waterbury courthouse at 300 Grand
St. in Waterbury;
- The Judicial District at Hartford courthouse at 95 Washington St. in Hartford;
- The Judicial District at Tolland courthouse at 69 Brooklyn St. in Rockville; and
- The Judicial District courthouse at 90 Washington St. in Hartford.
Reports suggest that matters are being processed and acted upon both by in courthouse personnel and via remote technology. “Remote Justice” – the deployment of MS Teams for remote court hearings continues. However, no jury trials are expected in 2020 and possibly not until later in 2021.
SUPREME AND APPELLATE COURT FILING SUSPENSION LIFTED
New orders start returning the CT Appellate System to normalcy. Effective July 6, 2020, counsel and pro se parties are permitted as of right to file documents that were due during the suspension. Any paper briefs not filed during the suspension are now required. However, motions for articulation, rectification or hearing from the Appellate or Supreme court remain suspended.
LAW DAYS AND FORECLOSURE SALE DATES EXTENDED (AGAIN)
Notwithstanding orders to the contrary, foreclosure sale dates are all opened and modified and extended until October 3, 2020.
Law days are all opened and extended until August 4, 2020.
ALL EJECTMENTS AND EVICTIONS STAYED
Housing Court remains in limbo. All issued executions on evictions and ejectments are stayed through August 1, 2020. Residential eviction are under a moratorium until August 25, 2020 and not being processed by the Courts.
If you have a question about appearing pro hac vice in state court or federal court in Connecticut, local counsel services, or appearing as a visiting lawyer before a state agency or in an arbitration proceeding in Connecticut, please feel free to call Attorney John Radshaw in New Haven today at (203) 654-9695. For more information about Attorney Radshaw and his practice, visit www.jjr-esq.com.