Connecticut to shutter Bristol courthouse in August
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Judicial Branch plans to close Bristol’s courthouse as it seeks to cut costs and better allocate staff.
The Geographical Area No. 17 Courthouse currently handles about 112 cases a day, mostly misdemeanors and low-level felonies.
Those cases will be moved to New Britain after Aug. 30.
Officials expect the move to mean a 17 percent increase in cases heard in New Britain, but say that courthouse can accommodate the influx.
Bristol Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu says the state has assured her that no jobs will be lost as a result of the move and she views it as an opportunity to find a more productive use for the site.
The Judicial Branch says it has no plans to close any other courthouse in the state.