Each courthouse in Connecticut is a little different. While every courthouse has the same types of people working there (court clerks, judges, etc.) and the same features in the building, the layout of these features will differ. So, your domestic violence case might have some differences at at the Bridgeport Courthouse vs. the Enfield Courthouse. Knowing the ins and outs of the courthouse you have to go to can make going to court less stressful. But, how can you get this information if you’ve never been to the courthouse? Luckily, our lawyers have been to each courthouse in the state and can provide this information. If your domestic violence case is at the Enfield Courthouse, you can learn more about this courthouse here.
The Enfield Courthouse
If your domestic violence case is in the Enfield Geographical Area Courthouse, your case will be heard on the first floor in the main courtroom. Here you will find a printed docket sheet listing all of the cases for that day. This is located near the courthouse clerk’s office. The docket sheets will tell you important information about your case.
On your first court date, you will need to report to the Family Relations Counselor. This is where your intake interview will be conducted. The Family Relations Counselor office is on the first floor down the side hallway next to the main courtroom. After your interview, you can go directly into the courtroom for your arraignment.
After your arraignment, you will likely report back to the Family Relations Counselor. Here, you will receive information about your pre-trial release conditions. On each of your court dates, the Family Relations Counselor will update the judge on your compliance with your release conditions.
After a period of pre-trial release, you will have the opportunity to resolve your case. If you enter into a plea agreement, and depending on your sentence, you may need to continue to report in to either Family Relations or Adult Probation for administrative monitoring. If you reject the prosecutor’s plea offer, your case will be placed on the court’s jury trial docket. Depending upon the number of cases waiting for jury trials, it may take several months before your trial takes place. Your trial will likely be heard in Hartford, as Enfield court does not hold jury trials.
While this information provides for some basic information about the Enfield Courthouse and the domestic violence procedure, it is not meant to substitute for an attorney. To get the defense you need at this time, finding a domestic violence attorney to represent you will be very helpful. If you would like to learn more about the Enfield Courthouse, contact our office. We are happy to answer your questions and make sure that you are prepared for your day in court.