If it wasn’t official before, it is now: How your divorce case can and will be litigated in Connecticut Courts has officially changed for the foreseeable future and probably beyond. The good news is that unlike next door in New York, our courts here in Connecticut are still accepting the filing of new cases. Per the Notice, court operations are starting to ramp up, if in measured fashion, to the new normal. Here are some highlights:
- Gone are the “Short Calendar” Mondays (where important interim motions were to be addressed, but often overcrowding of dockets prevented the hardworking judicial officials and court staff from reaching everyone on a given Monday) in lieu of specific assignments during the week;
- All trials previously scheduled are currently marked “off” until the court system can take stock and determine when and how best to reschedule these matters; and
- Courts are starting to implement “virtual” video proceedings in lieu of in person court appearances, beginning with short and simple matters; and, as the system gets refined, presumably moving to longer and more complex proceedings.
What does all of this mean for the potential divorce and family law litigant in Connecticut? Well for starters it means that if you want your matter to proceed to conclusion as efficiently as possible, you should consider meeting with and retaining the skilled attorneys at SGCBBW who have the litigation experience and expertise to navigate this changing playing field in the court system without hesitation or setbacks and also who have the knowledge and ability to cooperatively work with the opposing side to reach an out of court, negotiated resolution without the need to run the gamut of the court system and its newly minted procedures. The experienced attorneys at SGCBBW are intimately involved in working directly with the Connecticut Judicial Branch to improve and facilitate access to the court system during these ever changing times.