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.

State of Connecticut

Connecticut Innocence Project / Post Conviction Unit
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The Connecticut Innocence Project of the Division of Public Defender Services for the State of Connecticut seeks to assist indigent individuals who are convicted of crimes for which they are innocent. In order for us to assist you, the following must apply to you:

1. You must be indigent; in other words, you must be unable to afford to hire your own attorney.
2. You must be factually innocent of the crime for which you have already been convicted. “Factually innocent” means that you are not the person who committed the crime.
3. You must be serving a Connecticut sentence.
4. Your sentence must include at least a ten year period of incarceration.
5. You must be no less than five years from your estimated release date.
6. There must be some new evidence in your case which would establish your innocence. New evidence is evidence which was not known at the time of your sentencing. Such evidence may be the result of further investigation, or new or additional forensic testing.

If your case fits the above criteria, please completely answer the Connecticut Innocence Project request for assistance form and send it to:

Connecticut Innocence Project / Post Conviction Unit
2275 Silas Deane Highway
Rocky Hill, Connecticut 06067

Please keep in mind that this process can take a very long time, therefore, you should continue to pursue any other legal action which you may have already started.

Thank you.