Although the courts are closed, cases involving family law (matrimonial, support and parenting) and property tax appeals are moving forward. Resolution of cases, discussions among counsel, exchange of documents, depositions and mediations are still being pursued depending on the receptivity of the opposing party. There is greater interest in the collaborative divorce model under these circumstances which is a model George Reilly has practiced for many years.

Family Law
As of now, only “Priority 1 Business Functions” are being handled in the state courts.  Those functions are:

  • 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

The Stamford Courthouse is closed to the public until further notice. Priority 1 cases from Stamford are being transferred to the Bridgeport Courthouse, located at 1061 Main St., Bridgeport.

The Danbury Judicial District Courthouse is closed.  Those cases are being transferred to the Waterbury courthouse.

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.

Until further notice, the Judicial Branch’s Support Enforcement Services (SES) offices are closed statewide. The call center is also closed until further notice.  However,

  • 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.
  • 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.

Property Foreclosure
All foreclosure sales previously scheduled to have occurred in March, April and May are 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 Status of Federal Courts in Connecticut
At this time, the three federal courts in the District of Connecticut have delayed jury selections and trials, and are urging people to conduct court-related business via phone.

For more information and questions, please contact George Reilly .