COVID-19: Changes Happening in the Courtroom

As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to plague our nation, many leaders at a state level have put orders in place to help stop the spread and enforce social distancing. It’s closed down many service businesses, schools and even changed how our court systems run.

The Connecticut Judicial Branch, like many other government services in the state has set up a web page listing the many changes implemented. In this post we’ll review some of the changes happening in the courtroom right now, and possibly moving forward as a result of COVID-19.

At the start of the state shutdown for government activities on March 16, the court was only hearing those matters that were considered priorities, including criminal arraignments in cases, child custody related cases and domestic abuse related cases.

Now, one month later small steps are being taken to resume some of the regular business in courts. The first step will include judges making judgments on cases already argued or papers filed and other work on civil and family cases.

Still, there are many changes affecting court proceedings and those who physically appear in a courtroom worth noting. Mainly the use of remote communications for hearing court arguments. This will aid in minimizing the potential spread of COVID-19.

The new way of hearing cases will begin on April 27 and will include the hearing of two cases per day on a Monday/Wednesday/Friday schedule until May 4th. The hearings will be audio recordings the Supreme Court will listen to via the Judicial Branch’s website.

In court reporting, this move will lead to the use of more video conferencing services for depositions. At A Plus Reporting, we are fully prepared and knowledgeable in this form of media for capturing depositions and can help you through these new and uncertain times.

Attend a face-to-face meeting without the need to be in the same physical location. Our experienced and professional court stenographers will also be present during the proceedings to capture all necessary information.


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