Thursday, January 18, 2007

No more back dating court paperwork for false arrests and retaliation?

POLITICS (Connecticut)
Superior Court Dockets Now Accessible Online
January 18, 2007
Courant Staff Report

For the first time, Superior Court adult criminal dockets are available online.

Lawyers, adult criminal defendants, employers and others can search the daily dockets for all the state's courts to find out whether people have been arrested, are in court or should be in court.

The state judicial branch started offering the dockets electronically on its website Tuesday.

Interested parties can find a list of all criminal defendants scheduled to appear in a particular courthouse on a given day, their birth year, the charges against them, their lawyers' names, their pleas to the charges and the amounts of their bond if applicable.

State judicial officials said they created the website in response to the recommendations of a task force, which recently studied ways to improve public access to court records. Officials hope to expand the database within the next six months to include lists of criminal convictions.

For now, the information is limited to parties scheduled to appear in court. This week, the dockets for a particular day will be available after 8:30 p.m. the preceding business day. The time will be moved up to 7:30 p.m. next week, officials said.

To protect some individuals' privacy should their cases become sealed or otherwise dismissed, the judicial branch is not offering an online archive of daily dockets. Each day, new dockets will replace the old dockets for each court and visitors to the website will not be able to search dockets for any preceding days.

Users of the site, however, can search for an individual by name across the state as well as by courthouse. A similar search engine has been in place for pending civil cases for some time.

The information on the adult criminal dockets can be found at


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