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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS DIVISION
231 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, Connecticut 06106
(860) 757-2270, Fax (860) 757-2215

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 16, 2001

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Judicial Branch Moves to New Courthouse for Juvenile Matters
in Waterford

HARTFORD - Judge Joseph H. Pellegrino, Chief Court Administrator for the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch, announced the opening of the new courthouse for Juvenile Matters in Waterford today.

The new Superior Court for Juvenile Matters, an 18,148 square foot facility, opened its doors at 978 Hartford Turnpike in Waterford this morning, providing more than twice the space available in the old site at 869 Norwich/New London Turnpike in Uncasville.

"The opening of this courthouse, which serves the Greater New London area, is another step in our long-range commitment to provide ongoing improvements and state-of-the-art enhancements to the juvenile component of our justice system," said Judge Pellegrino.

"This new facility greatly increases the services that the Judicial Branch can provide for the families, attorneys, citizens and employees that must use the Courthouse," he added. "By providing an additional courtroom, more parking, an expanded holding area and ample space for offices, the Judicial Branch can offer increased efficiency in its day-to-day operations as well as space for expansion as the community needs increase over time."

The State of Connecticut has a 10-year lease for the one-floor Courthouse, which has 75 parking spaces, an additional courtroom to handle increasing caseloads, a holding area for juveniles with a secure vehicular sallyport. The previous building had just 25 parking spaces, one courtroom and inadequate holding areas.

The building also provides adequate office space for Juvenile Probation, court officers, court monitors, interpreters and clerical staff as well as agencies participating in the adjudication process, including Public Defenders, Assistant Attorney Generals, volunteers and other state agencies.

In addition, the security system has been upgraded and improved for the staff, juveniles and the public. These improvements include electronic security features such as x-ray and metal detectors at the entrances, private circulation systems for staff and prisoner movement throughout the facility, closed circuit television monitoring, card readers for entry and duress alarms throughout the building.

"This building is reflective of the Judicial Branch's commitment to Juvenile Court in the State of Connecticut and is further testimony that Juvenile Court is recognized as an extremely important part of our judicial system," said Judge Christine E. Keller, Chief Administrative Judge for Juvenile Matters.

The Waterford facility is the third new juvenile courthouse opened over the last 12 months. In February 2000 Juvenile Matters in Torrington moved to a more spacious building. And in November 2000 a new courthouse facility for Juvenile Matters opened in Willimantic. There are now 13 juvenile courthouses in the state.

For information contact Ginny Apple, Manager of Communications, 860-757-2270.

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