VERNON, CT — Effective July 20, the state Judicial Branch is planning to resume some court operations at the Tolland County civil courthouse.
The courthouse is located at 69 Brooklyn St. in the Rockville section of Vernon. It is one of eight courthouses going back online amid the reopenings related to the coronavirus pandemic.
The plan is to alleviate congestion in currently open court locations and to "facilitate compliance with social distancing requirements."
Open courthouse locations are operating from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.
An expansive range of civil, criminal, family and juvenile proceedings are now being processed both by remote technology and within the open courthoues, according to the announcement.
Pursuant to an executive order issued by Gov. Ned lamont that extended the residential eviction moratorium to Aug. 25, residential eviction matters are not currently being processed by the courts.
Judicial Branch officials are also currently attempting to develop strategies to safely resume jury trials in courthouses.
“We continue to expand the ability of the Judicial Branch to resolve matters brought before it, both physically within our courthouses and by use of remote technology. We are simultaneously doing all we are able to do to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus and protect the health and safety of the public, the bar, and our employees and judges,” Chief Court Administrator Judge Patrick L. Carroll III said.
Anyone entering a court facility must wear a face mask covering their mouth and nose. In addition, to allow for adequate social distancing, the number of people allowed into a courthouse, courtroom, office, lobby or corridor, may be limited.