Eleven staffers at the Torrington courthouse are in quarantine after one judicial marshal tests positive for COVID-19.
To prevent a COVID-19 outbreak in the state’s court houses, all jury trials are suspended but courts remain open.
Contracts, funding and risk are among the reasons why almost no providers have bid to open secure programs for Connecticut’s most troubled youth.
A national consultant said the state must act to revamp its juvenile justice system.
State officials will weigh a recommendation to create a new state agency for minors in the juvenile justice system.
The House of Representatives acted quickly and unanimously Monday to confirm Richard A. Robinson as chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court, but Republicans pledged to oppose every new trial judge recently nominated by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy as unnecessary and unaffordable.
Judge Patrick L. Carroll III, chief court administrator, calling the abuse incident an embarrassment, said the Judicial Branch would make necessary modifications to “prevent anything like this ever happening again.”
State court marshals are urging support for a measure that would empower them to carry firearms in state courthouses, but the bill faces an uncertain future as the legislature’s Judiciary Committee nears its deadline.
David M. Borden, a former justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court, died Sunday morning of cancer, according to officials at the state’s Judicial Branch. He was 79.
Connecticut’s judicial marshals dropped their labor complaint Thursday against the Judicial Branch — a move prompted by court officials’ decision to stop using state police to secure urban courthouses.
The union representing Connecticut’s Judicial Branch marshals has filed a complaint with the Department of Labor charging that the hiring of state police to patrol outside courthouses violates its contract.
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.
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.
After hiring state police Friday to temporarily enhance security outside of a Superior Court in Bridgeport, the Judicial Branch will assign troopers to guard courthouses in four cities starting Monday, a branch spokeswoman said.
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.