About Connecticut Courts
About Connecticut Courts
Connecticut's Courts - PDF Pamphlet
The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is the head of the Judicial Branch. Its administrative director is called the Chief Court Administrator.
The judicial functions of the Branch are concerned
with the just disposition of cases at the trial and appellate levels. All
judges have the independent, decision-making power to preside over matters
in their courtrooms and to determine the outcome of each case before them.
The Chief Court Administrator is responsible
for the administrative operations of the Judicial Branch. In order to
provide the diverse services necessary to effectively carry out the Judicial
Branch's mission, the following administrative divisions have been created:
Administrative Services Division | Court Support Services Division | External Affairs
Division | Information Technology | Superior Court Operations
Administrative Services Division
- Provides a wide array of centrally conducted, statewide services for the
benefit of all divisions within the Judicial Branch, such as data
processing, financial services, personnel matters and facilities management.
Court Support Services Division
External Affairs Division
- Coordinates a variety of legislative, educational and informational activities designed to inform and educate the
public and private sectors about the mission, activities and goals of the Judicial Branch.
- Office of Adult Probation - Conducts
presentence investigations ordered by the Superior Court and supervises
probationers in all cases except juvenile matters.
- Office of Alternative
Sanctions - Creates and sustains a full range of alternatives to
incarceration for both pre- and post-conviction adult and juvenile
- Bail Commission - Interviews and investigates individuals
accused of crimes to assist the Superior Court in determining terms and
conditions of pretrial release.
- Family Services Division - Assists the
Superior Court in the resolution of problems and the adjudication of cases
involving family relationships, family support, child protection and
juvenile delinquency. Among the services provided by the Family Division
are: mediation of domestic disputes, evaluation of child custody and
visitation conflicts, juvenile probation services, divorce counseling,
residential placement, restitution and community services.
- Division of
Juvenile Detention Services - Provides pretrial secure detention and
programming services to juveniles accused of delinquent acts.
Information Technology Division - The Information Technology (IT) Division consists of:
Superior Court Operations - The Superior Court Operations Division includes the following:
- The Commission on Official Legal
Publications (COLP) - COLP prints and distributes all Judicial publications
including such things as the Connecticut Law Journal, Connecticut Reports,
the Connecticut Practice Book and official court forms.
Information Systems (JIS) - JIS is responsible for Applications Development
and Support, Network and Systems Support, Architecture & Standards as well
as Service & Delivery Support.
- Administration - Provides support services and guidance to all segments of the Division by
directing the administrative, strategic planning, staff training and
business activities, and provides for court transcript services, interpreter
services, and the preservation and disposition of seized property; and, the
maintenance, retrieval and destruction of records.
- Court Operations
- Ensures that the Superior Court Clerk's offices process all matters in
accordance with Statutory, Practice Book and Judicial Branch policy
provisions in an efficient and professional manner through the provision of
technical assistance and support services including the Centralized
Infractions Bureau and Jury Administration.
- Judge Support Services
- Ensures the prompt delivery of services and programs to Superior Court
judges and Family Support Magistrates pertaining to law libraries, legal
research, judicial performance evaluations, continuing education and support
for technology; and manages grants program.
- Legal Services - Determines
legal issues and provides support services in the areas of attorney ethics,
discipline and bar admission.
- Support Enforcement Division - Enforces,
reviews and adjusts family support orders in accordance with federal and
state regulation, rules and statutes.
- Office of Victim Services - Advocates for victims of crime, arranges services, provides assistance and