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Connecticut Judicial Branch Initiates Plan to Resolve More Cases Statement from Chief Court Administ

Wednesday, April 15, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gillian Fattal
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Connecticut Judicial Branch Initiates Plan to Resolve More Cases

Statement from Chief Court Administrator Patrick L. Carroll III

 

     As I have stressed since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the CT Judicial Branch has concentrated its efforts on mitigating the spread of the virus, keeping our workforce, Judges and the public, safe and healthy and focusing our work on handling only those Priority 1 matters that must be addressed. With the input of our Chief Administrative Judges and under the leadership of Deputy Chief Court Administrator Elizabeth A. Bozzuto, we are now able to expand the scope of our work to include certain matters other than “Priority 1” matters. Our goal is to incrementally increase the volume of court work that can be handled by Judges and court staff.

     Key to this initiative is the ability to process, review and/or resolve matters remotely. We will concentrate initially on civil and family cases. With civil matters, almost all documents are e-filed, making it much simpler for a clerk or judge to take action. We anticipate that our judges and clerks will have the ability to act on various matters, including, but not limited to: completing and issuing decisions in cases that were previously argued or submitted and processing other matters on the papers filed rather than requiring parties to appear in court.

     Regarding family matters, we have identified two areas that may be addressed remotely: 1) Approval of joint petitions for non-adversarial divorce; and 2) entering court orders regarding requests for approval of temporary agreements, without a court appearance.

     Our judges and staff will start addressing these civil and family matters within days. I appreciate the invaluable input from our judges and court clerks on this initiative, and I am very grateful for the patience of the bar and public as we work our way through this unprecedented situation. We plan to continue to add to the list of matters that we will process. For the most up-to-date information, please visit the Judicial Branch’s website.  

 

 

Note from Executive Director, Gillian Fattal -

 

Updates from State and Federal Courthouses

 

Updates as a result of COVID-19 from the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch and the United States District Court are frequent and changing. Please continue to check websites at the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch, here: https://jud.ct.gov/ and the United States District Court, District of Connecticut, here: http://www.ctd.uscourts.gov/.

 

COVID-19 Task Force for the Bar and process for Connecticut lawyers to communicate with the Judicial Branch

 

The Judicial Subcommittee and the Executive/Legislative Subcommittee have in place a process to address the needs of the Bar [Connecticut lawyers], provide access to justice and to serve the public’s needs during this state and national emergency. The Judicial Branch has requested that input on meeting the needs of the legal community as well as the needs of the public, be directed to your Bar leadership, as opposed to the Judicial Branch directly. Bar leadership will, in turn, forward this input to the newly created Connecticut Bar Association COVID-19 Task Force co-chaired by Monte Frank, former President of the CBA and attorney with Pullman Comley. Please send any input to me, Gillian Fattal, at gfattal@newhavenbar.org and I will forward the information to the Task Force. You may also direct your communications directly to Monte Frank at mfrank@pullcom.com. The Judicial Branch has stated that they welcome and encourage input and are committed to meeting the needs of Connecticut lawyers and the public through this process.


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