Except for a few small details, the procedure in each courthouse is largely the same for domestic violence cases across the whole state. For example, each courthouse has a Family Relations Counselor. However, the location of their office is different within each courthouse. Some courthouses do have unique customs. Our attorneys have worked to handle domestic violence cases across the entire state. We know the “ins and outs” of each courthouse and pass this information on to our clients. If you are preparing for a domestic violence case in the New Britain Courthouse, it can put your mind at rest to know the little tips and tricks of the courthouse, before you even step foot in it! I will provide this information here.
New Britain Courthouse
If your domestic violence case is in the New Britain Geographical Area Courthouse, your case will be heard on either the first or second floors of the courthouse. There is a printed docket sheet listing all of the cases for that day on the first floor just after you cross through the main lobby. The docket sheets will tell you which courtroom is hearing your case. On your first court date, you will need to report to the Family Relations Counselor for your intake interview. Their office is on the first floor next to one of the courtrooms. After your interview, you will go into the courtroom for your arraignment.
After your arraignment, you will need to report back to the Family Relations Counselor to 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 sufficient 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.
I hope that this information has been helpful and has been able to put your mind at ease. There are so many things to stress out about when going to court, worrying about the process should not be one of them. Reviewing this information before you go to court can help you feel confident in the courthouse and take some of the stress out of this process. Another way to relieve the stress of a domestic violence case at the New Britain Courthouse is to have an attorney there by your side. When you have an attorney on your side, you know that you can present a solid defense to a judge and that your rights will not be taken advantage of.