Status of State Courts
Most state courthouses and clerk’s offices have re-opened to the public. You can check this list to find out which courthouses are open. If you have questions about the status of your case or about visiting the court in person, you can:
Note: If you get court papers such as a Summons or a Notice of Suit that instruct you to file an Appearance and Answer with the court, you should file these forms as soon as possible. Starting as early as September 20, the judge could issue a default judgment against you. A default judgment means that you lost the case without a trial because you didn’t file your Appearance and Answer. If you get a default judgment in an eviction case, the judge can then issue an Execution, which is an order that allows a marshal to physically evict you from your home. Learn more about evictions during COVID-19 crisis.
- You can get the forms online or at the clerk’s office at the courthouse listed on the Summons or Notice of Suit. If you go to the courthouse, you must wear a mask and avoid bringing children or other people with you.
- You can get help with filling out the forms at the clerk’s office. Many of the Court Service Centers are also open.
- If you have an email address, you can also sign up for a Judicial Branch e-services account and file the forms online. Note that this option requires multiple steps. If you’d like to file online, call the court and follow the instructions to speak with a court staff person, or email a Court Service Center staff person at Court.ServiceCenter@jud.ct.gov and ask them to explain how it works.
Note: You do not need to visit a courthouse to apply for a Temporary Restraining Order or Civil Protection Order. Read this section to learn more about applying for an order to protect you from abuse at home by email or fax.
If you have very low income, you can apply for free legal assistance by calling Statewide Legal Services at 1-800-453-3320 or applying online.
Read the Judicial Branch’s full notice on the expansion of court operations. Get more information about the Judicial Branch’s official COVID-19 updates.