As you know, the legislature recently passed a new state budget with substantial cuts across all agencies, including the Judicial Branch. In the next several weeks we expect the Judicial Branch to outline in further detail just how it will achieve the cost savings dictated by this new budget.
We are in continuous contact with Judicial Branch leaders to make the case that impact to you and your clients should be kept to a minimum.
Although the budget has passed, there may still be an opportunity to influence events. It is not unheard of for political leaders to change direction based on public reaction. If you have the opportunity to talk with or e-mail your local legislator, here are some key points to make:
The court system is an essential government service and should be the last place to look for cost savings;
There is nothing "discretionary" about access to the justice system;
Court closings hurt low income residents the most because of the increased time and money required to obtain access to the judicial system in distant locations; and
Many municipalities in Connecticut rely on courthouses as an essential fabric of the community as a whole. Closing a courthouse in a municipality has a direct impact on economic activity in that community.