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Video court appearances to be studied

May 5, 2018

HARTFORD - The House Friday evening approved a bill to study allowing people to appear in court through a video rather in person.

“You don’t have to have folks driving down for every court appearance,” said state Rep. Joe De La Cruz, D-Groton. “For some victims who have to go court day after day, hopefully we can minimize those appearances.”

But State Rep. Sam Belisto, R-Toland, complained the state does not need another study.

“Why study it when it’s already being performed,” Belisto said, referring to video court appearances in other states. “It’s time to start looking at this in a different light. Can just make a phone call.”

The bill also requires court stenographers to register with the state Department of Consumer Protection.