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Court Cafe

Juveniles Matter in Connecticut

Connecticut's one-stop place for information about the Superior Court Judicial District with particular emphasis on Juvenile Court Matters and child protection, child welfare and related topics. Come by and visit often as we build each "court location".

You'll find links to courts, state agencies, a glossary to help you make sense of the legal words and phrases, directions to courts, notices of important legislation, conference and workshop information and other resources.

Notice of Public Hearing

Raise the Age Hearings& Meetings

Raise the Age Public Hearing
April 4 2007: There will be a public hearing in front of the Judiciary committee on the age of jurisdiction on Wednesday, April 4th. Contact Abby if you have questions.

C4YJ Raise the Age Meeting
Wednesday, April 11 2007, 2 PM—4 PM: The Campaign for Youth Justice: Raise the Age CT meeting will be held at the New Haven Adult Education Center. All are welcome to attend!

C4YJ Raise the Age Meeting
Wednesday, May 2 2007, 2 PM—4 PM: The Campaign for Youth Justice: Raise the Age CT meeting will be held at the New Haven Adult Education Center. All are welcome to attend!

Read or Listen to the NPR interview with are Hector Glynn, Executive Director, Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance, Bill Carbone, Executive Director, Court Support Services Division, State of Connecticut Judicial Branch and Toni E. Walker, State Representative (Deputy Majority Leader).

For more information see the reports and articles below or to research the Court and Service System for 16 & 17 year olds go to Why Raise the Age?.

Legislation to Watch

H.B. 5782: AN ACT CONCERNING THE AGE OF A CHILD FOR PURPOSES OF JURISDICTION IN DELINQUENCY MATTERS AND PROCEEDINGS: To extend jurisdiction in delinquency matters and proceedings to include sixteen-year-old children on and after October 1, 2007, and seventeen-year-old children on and after October 1, 2008.

H.B. 5700: AN ACT CONCERNING JUSTICE FOR ALL CHILDREN: Provides for creating and implementing objective, race neutral criteria for determining whether to detain a child in the juvenile justice system.

Juvenile Justice News

Connecticut Health Professionals and International Human Rights Organization Call on State to Remove Youths from Adult Prisons"
"Health professional associations of Connecticut are unanimous in their support for trying, sentencing and treating children as children," said Leonard Rubenstein, executive director of Physicians for Human Rights. "The decision by the Supreme Court of the United States to outlaw the use of the death penalty on juveniles was motivated by the clear evidence that children do not have the same decision-making capabilities as adults. The State of Connecticut has an opportunity to take the next important step in reforming how the US justice system treats children." [Compete article]
cite:, January 30, 2007

Letter from PHR and CT health professionals available here (PDF) cite:, January 30, 2007

Statements by Dr. Steven Berkowitz at press conference held by Physicians for Human Rights, in collaboration with the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance and the Juvenile Justice Implementation and Planning Committee available here. (PDF) cite:, January 30, 2007

The Connecticut Juvenile Justice Strategic Plan: Building Toward a Better Future
A Strategic Planning Process Facilitated by the Child Welfare League of America for the Department of Children and Families: Bureau of Juvenile Services and the Connecticut Judicial Branch: Court Support Services Division in Collaboration with many Public and Private Stakeholders. August 2006

Connecticut may vote to try 16-year-olds as Juveniles
by Tyler Hill, Staff Reporter, Yale Daily News

Voice, Choice & Hope, Juvenile Justice Consensus Document
Darlene Dunbar, MSW, Commissioner Department of Children and Families, January 20, 2006. [pdf]

DCF Plans Under Review - Agency Rethinks Ways To Replace Training School
by Colin Poitras, Courant Staff Writer, September 26, 2005

National Association to PROTECT Children

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