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State troopers to remain outside urban courthouses another week

Bridgeport courthouse, Golden Hill Street

As most state Judicial Branch layoffs took effect Thursday — including elimination of 101 marshal posts — the branch announced state police troopers would be retained for a second week to patrol outside of courthouses in four major cities. Continue Reading →

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CT court officials say deep budget cuts left them few options

Two judicial marshals outside Superior Court in Hartford Thursday.

As Connecticut’s Judicial Branch moves ahead this week and next with a major reorganization driven by deep budget cuts, its leaders warn even they aren’t entirely certain what the full impact will be, though they agree with the court marshals union that security is being stretched to a highly questionable degree. Continue Reading →

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Judicial Branch to close Windham courthouse, 3 juvenile courts

The Windham Judicial District courthouse on Valley Street in Willimantic

The Judicial Branch announced Tuesday it would close the Windham courthouse, juvenile courts in Danbury, Stamford and Torrington, and two urban lock-up facilities as part of a larger reorganization to deal with a $77 million budget cut in the fiscal year beginning July 1. Continue Reading →

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Legislature considers furloughs; judiciary cancels raises

Senate Democratic Leaders Bob Duff and Martin Looney take questions from reporters at the state Capitol.

Underscoring the fiscal crisis facing Connecticut, the General Assembly is considering furloughs of legislative staff, a rollback of staff raises, and a rare rejection of a negotiated contract. Meanwhile, the Judicial Branch has canceled raises for non-union employees that were to take effect Friday. Continue Reading →

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Judiciary says proposed cuts ‘compromise access to justice’

Judge Patrick L. Carroll III, right, chief court administrator, testifies. At left is Tom Siconolfi, executive director of administrative services for the Judicial Branch.

Cutting $64 million from the previously approved funding for the Judicial Branch next fiscal year would result in hundreds of layoffs and force closure of multiple courthouses and a juvenile detention facility, Judge Patrick L. Carroll III, chief court administrator, told the legislature’s Appropriations Committee. Continue Reading →

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Courts, legislature, watchdogs will tighten belts to reduce CT’s deficit

The state’s Judicial and Legislative branches have ordered nearly $7 million in spending cuts Gov. Dannel P. Malloy requested last month, relying heavily on hiring restrictions to reduce costs. And the state’s watchdog agencies also have agreed to find the 1 percent cuts Malloy asked for to help close a small mid-year deficit. Continue Reading →

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