COVID-19/Coronavirus Notice:
To promote public health while still serving your need to consult a criminal defense lawyer about a government investigation, arrest, or criminal court appearance, The Law Office of Jerome Paun will conduct all consultations by telephone, video-chat, Skype, FaceTime, or email during this pandemic. As always, initial criminal case consultations are free. Please call or email us to schedule your consultation.

COVID-19/Coronavirus & Connecticut Criminal Courts

Update 4/4: The Office of Adult Probation is closed until further notice! Probation clients need not physically report to probation offices unless a probation officer has authorized a visit.

Update 4/4: Beginning Tuesday, April 7, 2020, all of the remaining open courthouses will be closed on Tuesdays until further notice. Beginning Thursday, April 16, 2020, all of the remaining open courthouses will be closed on Thursdays until further notice. This means that all Connecticut courthouses will be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning the week of April 13, 2020.

Update 4/4: As of April 2, 2020, JD/Ansonia-Milford in Milford has been temporarily closed until further notice with its cases transferred to JD/Fairfield at 1061 Main Street in Bridgeport. Similarly, JD/Middlesex in Middletown has been temporarily closed with its cases transferred to JD/New Britain at 20 Franklin Square in New Britain.

Update 4/2: As of 2 PM this afternoon (4/2/2020), DOC is reporting 53 inmates have been tested for COVID-19 with eight positive test results. Additionally, 16 DOC staff have tested positive."

Update 4/2: The Connecticut DOC is not testing newly admitted inmates for COVID-19 but it is quarantining them for 14 days. Inmates who have COVID-19 symptoms or have had a known exposure to the coronavirus are being tested and isolated for treatment.

Update 4/2: Though the DOC has not yet reported this on its website, WFSB News reports that five inmates at the Willard-Cybulski Correctional Institution in Enfield, Connecticut have tested positive for COVID-19. All five have been isolated from the general population and are being treated. To reduce the risk of spreading the virus, the entire jail is under lockdown status until further notice. Meanwhile, at Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center in Uncasville, Connecticut, where two inmates who were previously confirmed infected with COVID-19 are being treated, eight more have been tested and are awaiting test results. Corrigan-Rogowski is also under lockdown until further notice.

Update 4/1: Due to a courthouse employee testing positive for COVID-19, on March 31, the Stamford courthouse was ordered closed until further notice for deep cleaning. All cases, including criminal cases, in that courthouse, have been transferred to JD/Fairfield at 1061 Main Street in Bridgeport.

Update 3/31: As of this afternoon (3/31/2020) DOC is reporting that 37 inmates have now been tested with two testing positive for COVID-19. Both have been segregated from the general prison population for treatment and safety. At least one, if not both, of the inmates who tested positive, is incarcerated in Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center.

Update 3/30: As of March 27, 2020, the Connecticut Department of Correction (DOC) reported that three staff members have tested positive for the Coronavirus. Currently, DOC is reporting that of 12 inmates tested, none have tested positive.

Priority 1 Essential Functions

While most Connecticut courts are open during this pandemic, since March 16 they have been operating with skeleton crews and only handling what have been identified as “Priority 1 Essential Functions.” Those functions vary by court, criminal court vs juvenile court vs family court vs civil court vs housing court, etc.

In criminal courts, Priority 1 Essential Functions are limited to arraignments in only two situations.

  • First, people arrested on domestic violence (DV) charges who must be presented in court the next business day after arrest.
  • Second, arraignments for other new (non-DV) arrests but only if the person arrested was held in custody because he or she could not post bail at the police station.

All other normal criminal court functions like, pretrial conferences, hearings on diversionary program applications or motions, jury selection, and trials, are currently suspended until further notice. The judicial branch appears to be assessing conditions and making court scheduling decisions in two-week increments. For now and until at least mid-April, Connecitcut courts will be handling only Priority 1 Essential Functions.

If you are arrested and released on a written promise to appear, a non-surety bond, or a bail bond you posted with the police, you will be given a continuance date. Those continuance dates will be subject to change as conditions relating to the COVID-19/Coronavirus change. You should check for changes to your continuance date on the judicial branch website or call your criminal defense lawyer.

Please take notice, due to the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic, starting Monday, March 30, 2020, the Judicial District (JD) of Litchfield, Geographical Area (GA) 11 in Danielson and GA 19 in Rockville courthouses will be temporarily closed until further notice.

  • Cases that would have been handled in JD Litchfield are being transferred to GA 4 at 400 Grand Street in Waterbury.
  • Cases that would have been handled in JD Windham or GA 11 are being transferred to JD New London at 70 Huntington Street in New London.
  • Cases that would have been handled in JD Tolland or GA 19 are being transferred to GA 14 at 101 Lafayette Street in Hartford.

Hours of operation for courthouses that remain open will be:

  • 9 AM to 5 PM on Mondays starting on March 30
  • 9 AM to 1 PM Tuesdays through Fridays starting March 31

The following courthouses will remain open until further notice:

  • Ansonia-Milford JD/GA 22 at 14 West River Street in Milford (203) 877-4293
  • JD Fairfield at 1061 Main Street in Bridgeport (203) 579-6527 (Cases that would have been handled at GA 3 in Bridgeport have been transferred to JD Fairfield.)
  • JD Hartford/GA 14 at 101 Lafayette Street in Hartford (860) 566-1630
  • JD Middlesex/GA 9 at 1 Court Street in Middletown (860) 343-6400
  • JD New Britain/GA 15 at 20 Franklin Square in New Britain (860) 515-5180
  • JD New Haven at 235 Church Street in New Haven (203) 503-6800 (Cases that would have been handled in GA 23 have been transferred to JD New Haven.)
  • JD New London at 70 Huntington Street in New London (860) 443-5363 (Cases that would have been handled in GA 10 in New London, GA 21 in Norwich, GA 11 and JD Windham in Danielson have been transferred to JD New London.)
  • JD Stamford/Norwalk and GA 1 at 123 Hoyt Street in Stamford (203) 965-5308
  • JD Waterbury/GA 4 at 400 Grand Street in Waterbury (203) 236-8100 (Cases that would have been handled in JD Danbury have been transferred to JD Waterbury.)
  • Hartford Superior Court for Juvenile Matters at 920 Broad Street in Hartford (860) 244-7900
  • Bridgeport Superior Court for Juvenile Matters at 60 Housatonic Avenue in Bridgeport (203) 579-6544
  • Supreme Court Building at 231 Capitol Avenue in Hartford (860) 757-2200
  • Appellate Court at 75 Elm Street in Hartford (860) 757-2200

The Law Office of Jerome Paun will continue to post updates here as soon as we learn of them. Meanwhile, be well and stay safe.