Deborah J. Fuller
Judiciary Committee March 26, 2009
House Bill 6705, An Act
Concerning Habeas Corpus Reform
Thank you for the opportunity to submit
written testimony, on behalf of the Judicial Branch, on House Bill 6705,
An Act Concerning Habeas Corpus Reform.
The Judicial Branch is opposed to section 6
of the proposal, which would allow applications for a writ of habeas corpus
claiming illegal confinement or deprivation of liberty by a prisoner
confined in a correctional facility to be filed in the judicial district
where the conviction, sentence or commitment being challenged was entered.
This would reverse a change that was made in 2003 to require all such habeas
cases to be filed in the Judicial District of Tolland. We believe that all
such cases should continue to be filed at that location. This would not
preclude the hearings on these matters from being heard in the judicial
district where the case was tried, which we are not opposed to.
I urge the Committee not to act favorably on
this section of the bill.
Thank you for your consideration.