Starting this week the state’s Judicial Branch is now making some of its civil court case documents available to the public through the agency’s website.
Previously, listings of cases were publicly available online and details about actions on them were also accessible through the Judicial Branch website, but visitors to the site could not access individual documents filed in civil cases. That information was publicly available only at regional courthouses and at some of Connecticut’s law libraries.
Under the change, members of the public can access the civil case information at the Judicial Branch’s case lookup page.
The only exceptions to this new service will be sealed cases, cases that contained sealed documents and cases that are not filed electronically because of the Violence Against Women Act of 2005.
Judicial Branch officials also anticipate that other court case documents not currently available online, such as complaints, summonses and certain other documents in civil cases, will be remotely accessible sometime next year, once agency officials make certain that personally identifiable information, such as Social Security numbers, is redacted from the original documents that are e-filed with the courts. E-filing of civil cases has been mandatory since December 2009.
“Making this information remotely available through the Internet is a big step toward our goal of providing better access to court documents,” Chief Court Administrator Barbara Quinn said.