DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS, CONNECTICUT JUDICIAL BRANCH OPERATIONS HAVE BEEN CONSOLIDATED INTO 6 COURTHOUSES IN HARTFORD, NEW HAVEN, BRIDGEPORT WATERBURY AND NEW LONDON. THE PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE WILL BE OPEN IN THOSE COURTHOUSES WITH A SKELETON CREW. ONLY ARRAIGNMENTS ARE BEING DOCKETED. ALL OTHER CASES WILL BE CONTINUED BY THE CLERK’S OFFICE. Please go to www.jud.ct.gov to see where your case will be heard or to check for your continuance dates, as you may be unable to contact your lawyer during this time. If you have a question about an arraignment case, please contact the Public Defender office at the open courthouse. If there is an emergency, you can contact the Office of Chief Public Defender at 860 509 6400.

Child Protection Services
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Child Protection Services ensures that children and indigent parents who require legal services and guardians ad litem in child protection, child custody and child support cases in Superior Court, receive high quality, competent and zealous representation.

The Division of Public Defender Services will execute a plan of reform, training programs and support services in order to assure that child protection attorneys and guardians ad litem are knowledgeable and trained in the substantive and procedural law applicable to these cases, capable of skilled advocacy and proficient in the subject areas that inform the issues their clients face.



Susan Hamilton, Director of Delinquency Defense and Child Protection
(Case Assignments, Assigned Counsel Training and Agency Policy regarding Child Protection Policy)

Alix C. Walmsley, Director of Assigned Counsel
(Signed counsel Contracts & Billing Administration)