Each courthouse in the state of Connecticut has its own quirks and differences. While each courthouse is basically the same, and the court process is similar in each courthouse, there are a few things that will be different depending on which courthouse you go to. The procedure for a domestic violence charge will differ slightly in the Torrington Courthouse than in other courthouses in the state. If you have to appear at the Torrington Courthouse, you can learn more about it here.
The Torrington Courthouse
If your domestic violence case is in the Torrington Geographical Area Courthouse, your case will be heard on the first floor of the courthouse. There is a printed docket sheet listing all of the cases for that day on the first floor. You can view it just after you cross through the main lobby. The docket sheet will tell you which courtroom will hear 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 third floor. After your interview, you will go back down to the first floor 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.
If you need additional help navigating the Torrington Courthouse, contact our office. We can talk about basic information to help you familiarize yourself with the courthouse. For example, you can learn where the clerk’s office is, where the bathrooms are, and how to get to the courthouse.