Connecticut State Court System

Understanding how the system of Connecticut state court works is very important as it helps you find court records easily.

Connecticut Courts Overview

The trial court system of Connecticut State consists of Probate Courts and Superior Courts.

Connecticut Superior Courts

Connecticut Superior Courts are the highest courts in Connecticut State and they have general jurisdiction over all types of criminal and civil cases, but typically hear cases that Probate Courts have no jurisdiction to handle.

Superior Courts are geographically organized into Juvenile Matters, Geographical Area Courts, and Judicial District Courts. Geographical Area Courts typically handle most traffic cases, code violations, and criminal arraignments. The location of transaction, parties, crime, or injury determines which Geographical Area Court or District Court has jurisdiction over the case.

Small claims cases can also be handled by the Centralized Small Claims Court, which is located in Hartford. Other types of small claims cases can also be heard in Housing Session, or in any other Special Sessions.

These courts are also organized into special sessions and divisions by the type of case. Each Superior Court in Connecticut has court divisions for Criminal, Civil, and Family/Juvenile cases. Special sessions hear some types of cases. While some special sessions serve the whole state from a particular location, some special sessions are available only in some courts.

Court Divisions

As mentioned earlier, each Superior Court has Court Division, which is then divided into 5 parts namely, Small Claims, Civil Non-Jury, Civil Jury, Administrative Appeals, and Landlord/Tenant. The Small Claims division hears claims for up to money damages of $5,000 provided all requirements are met for Small Claims jurisdiction.

Criminal Division hears crimes, infractions, and violations. Crimes include misdemeanors with potential punishment of one year or less by incarceration, and felonies with potential punishment of more than a year by incarceration. Violations include any motor vehicle cases which are punishable by a fine only. Where substance abuse treatment seems to be appropriate, a special session of Drug Court or Drug Docket may handle the case. A Community Court may handle cases where involving “quality of life” crimes.

Juvenile Matters has jurisdiction to handle cases that involve the behavior of a child or care of children.

Family Divisions deal with many types of cases related to family relationships, including child support, custody, “relief from abuse”, and divorce.

Special Sessions

Child Protection Session functions as a juvenile trial court and serves the whole state. It is located in Middlesex Judicial District Superior Court. Some Local Superior Courts also have their own independent Child Protection Sessions.

Tax and Administration Appeals Session hears appeals of the decisions that the Commissioner of Revenue Services as well as other administrative agencies have made. New Britain Superior Court houses this special session and serves the whole state.

Available in Waterbury, Hartford, and Stamford Judicial Districts, Regional Family Trial Docket handles some cases which involve complex legal issues, several parties, or large sums of monetary claims.

Land Use Litigation Docket accepts certain types of cases that have been transferred to it by the local Superior Courts. It is positioned in Hartford Judicial District.

Connecticut Probate Courts

Connecticut Probate Courts generally hear cases that include probate, wills, estates, adoptions, and trusts. They share jurisdiction over name changes, mental health cases, and related matters with Superior Courts.

Probate Courts do not have the jurisdiction to provide jury trials. However, a case that has been moved to Superior Court for a jury trial may be returned back to Probate Court if a proper request is made after the end of trial.

The Official Website of Connecticut County

New Haven New Haven, CT
Hartford Hartford.Gov – City of Hartford City of Hartford Connecticut’s Capital City Official Website
Stamford Stamford CT
Norwalk Norwalk, CT – Official Website
New Britain City of New Britain
Bristol Bristol, CT – Official Website See how the Bristol’s various departments work to maintain and promote the city on a day-to-day basis.
Meriden Welcome to the City of Meriden, Connecticut Within the community of Meriden, Connecticut, you’ll find award-winning schools, 3,000+ acres of parks, and spirited civic, service, & cultural activities.
West Haven West Haven, CT | Official Website
Middletown Middletown, CT | Official Website
Norwich Norwich, CT – Official Website
Shelton City of Shelton CT | Located in Fairfield County Shelton, CT municipal site with information on city government, public works, public safety, education, boards and commissions
Torrington Torrington CT
New London Welcome to New London, Connecticut
Derby City of Derby, Connecticut
Groton Welcome to the Town of Groton, Connecticut
Fairfield County Western CT Convention & Visitors Bureau Connecticut’s Official Source of Travel & Tourism Information, Fairfield County, Southwest Connecticut, Gold Coast, Fairfield, Coastal Fairfield County, Southern Connecticut, New England, Online travel planner information, on destinations, travel bargains, lodging packages, travel tips.
Hartford County Hartford.Gov – City of Hartford City of Hartford Connecticut’s Capital City Official Website
New Haven County New Haven, CT
Litchfield County Litchfield County, Connecticut CT Welcome to Litchfield County where you will enjoy many rewarding opportunities for dining, shopping for art and antiques, lodging, and relaxing in the picturesque Northwest Hills of Connecticut
Middlesex County Middlesex County, Connecticut

Connecticut Arrests and Inmate Search

Daily Logs | Norwalk, CT – Official Website Norwalk Connecticut Daily Arrest Logs
Police – Fairfield Citizen Fairfield Citizen Police Reports
Police Reports – NewsTimes NewsTimes Danbury CT Crime Section
Crime Reports – Darien Connecticut Police Department Darien Crime Reports
Arrest and Citation Log | Enfield, CT – Official Website Arrest and Citation Log
Enfield’s Most Wanted | Enfield, CT – Official Website View the Enfield’s most wanted criminals and submit an anonymous tip online or over the phone.
Bristol Police Arrest Blotter | Bristol, CT – Official Website Arrest Blotter
Arrest Warrants – New Britain Police Department New Britain Arrest Warrants
Arrest Log | Simsbury CT Pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes, the following is a Press Arrest Log.  The arrests include those who were taken into custody for a crime or violated a statute that requires a court appearance.  Arrested persons are presumed innocent unless found guilty in court.
HARTFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT DAILY RECORD OF ADULT ARREST Hartford Police Department Daily Record of Arrest
Welcome To The Southington Police Department Southington Police Department Arrest Log
Police Reports / Berlin, CT Berlin Police Reports
Windsor Locks Police Department Windsor Locks Police Arrest Log
BPD Arrest Log | Town of Bloomfield CT The following individuals have been arrested by the Bloomfield Police Department and are presumed innocent until prov
Press Arrest Log | Town of Farmington, CT Farmington Arrests
Arraignments | Middletown, CT Middletown Police Department Arraignments
Welcome to the Borough of Naugatuck, CT Police Department  – Annual Reports Borough of Naugatuk Police Department Arrests
Orange Connecticut Department of Police Service Orange Connecticut Department of Police Service
Weekly Arrest Log | North Haven Police Department North Haven Arrest Reports
Weekly Arrest Log – East Haven Police Department East Haven Police Department Weekly Arrest Logs
Police blotter – Orange Live Orange Live Police Blotter
Arrest Logs | Coventry, CT – Official Website Coventry Arrests
Department of Correction Connecticut Department of Corrections
Criminal/Motor Vehicle Convictions Search By Defendant State Criminal and Motor Vehicle Convictions
Criminal Records Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice
Case Look-up CT Judicial Branch Court Case Lookup
Connecticut Sex Offender Registry Unit- Contact Connecticut Sex Offender Registry

Connecticut Birth Records, Death Records, Marriage Records and Divorce Records

Connecticut birth records, death records, and marriage records are the responsibility of the Connecticut Department of Public Health State Office of Vital Records. Connecticut divorce records are managed by the Superior Court where the divorce was finalized.

Town Clerk – City Of Danbury Fairfield County City of Danbury Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Norwalk, CT – Official Website Fairfield County City of Norwalk Birth, Death and Marriage Records
City of Shelton CT | Located in Fairfield County Fairfield County City of Shelton Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Stamford CT Fairfield County City of Stamford Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk – Town of Bethel, CT Fairfield County Town of Bethel Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Brookfield CT Fairfield County Town of Brookfield Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Welcome to the Town of Darien, Connecticut – Town Clerk Fairfield County Town of Darien Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Easton CT Fairfield County Town of Easton Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk – Town of Fairfield, Connecticut Town of Fairfield Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Greenwich, CT Fairfield County Town of Greenwich Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Welcome to Monroe, CT – Town Clerk Fairfield County Town of Monroe Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Welcome to New Canaan, CT Fairfield County Town of New Canaan Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk – Town of New Fairfield, CT Town of New Fairfield Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Newtown CT Fairfield County Town of Newtown Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk – Town of Redding, Connecticut Official Website Fairfield County Town of Redding Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Ridgefield CT Fairfield County Town of Ridgefield Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Welcome to Sherman, CT Fairfield County Town of Sherman Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Office of the Town Clerk – Town of Stratford, CT Fairfield County Town of Stratford Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk’s Office – Trumbull, Connecticut Fairfield County Town of Trumbull Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Weston, CT – Town Clerk Fairfield County Town of Weston Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town of Westport Town Clerk Fairfield County Town of Westport Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Wilton CT Fairfield County Town of Wilton Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town & City Clerk | Bristol, CT – Official Website Hartford County City of Bristol Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Hartford.Gov – Town Clerk City of Hartford Birth, Death and Marriage Records
City of New Britain – Town Clerk Hartford County City of New Britain Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Avon CT Hartford County Town of Avon Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk / Berlin, CT Hartford County Town of Berlin Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Town of Bloomfield CT Hartford County Town of Bloomfield Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Departments | Town of Burlington CT Hartford County Town of Burlington Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | East Windsor CT Hartford County Town of East Windsor Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Enfield, CT – Official Website Hartford County Town of Enfield Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Glastonbury, CT Hartford County Town of Glastonbury Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Granby CT Hartford County Town of Granby Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town of Manchester, Connecticut Hartford County Town of Manchester Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk Hartford County Town of Marlborough Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Newington, CT Hartford County Town of Newington Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Town of Plainville CT Hartford County Town of Plainville Birth, Death and Marriage Records
The Town Clerk is a full time official appointed by the Town Manager Hartford County Town of Rocky Hill Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Simsbury CT Hartford County Town of Simsbury Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Town of South Windsor CT Hartford County Town of South Windsor Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk – Southington, CT Hartford County Town of Southington Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Suffield CT Hartford County Town of Suffield Birth, Death and Marriage Records
West Hartford – Town Clerk Town of West Hartford Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk – Town of Wethersfield, Connecticut Hartford County Town of Wethersfield Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Meetings – Selectmen – Town of Windsor Locks Hartford County Town of Windsor Locks Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk Hartford County Town of Windsor Birth, Death and Marriage Records
City Clerk’s Office | Torrington CT Litchfield County City of Torrington Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Departments | Barkhamsted CT Litchfield County Town of Barkhamsted Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Bridgewater CT Litchfield County Town of Bridgewater Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk Litchfield County Town of Canaan Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Town of Colebrook, Connecticut Litchfield County Town of Colebrook Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Goshen CT Litchfield County Town of Goshen Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Harwinton CT Litchfield County Town of Harwinton Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Kent CT Litchfield County Town of Kent Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Litchfield, CT Town of Litchfield Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Town of Morris CT Litchfield County Town of Morris Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | New Hartford CT Litchfield County Town of New Hartford Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk : Town of New Milford, CT Litchfield County Town of New Milford Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk & Registrar of Vital Statistics – Norfolk, Connecticut Litchfield County Town of Norfolk Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Hall — North Canaan, CT Litchfield County Town of North Canaan Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk Litchfield County Town of Plymouth Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Roxbury, CT Litchfield County Town of Roxbury Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Salisbury, CT Litchfield County Town of Salisbury Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk & Registrar of Vital Statistics Litchfield County Town of Sharon Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk – Thomaston, CT Litchfield County Town of Thomaston Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Town of Warren CT Litchfield County Town of Warren Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Washington CT Litchfield County Town of Washington Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Watertown, CT – Town Clerk Litchfield County Town of Watertown Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Certificates and Licenses | Winchester CT Litchfield County Town of Winchester and City of Winsted Marriage Licenses, Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Winchester CT Litchfield County Town of Winchester and City of Winsted Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk – Town of Woodbury, CT  Litchfield County Town of Woodbury Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Vital Statistics | Middletown, CT Middlesex County City of Middletown Marriage Licenses, Birth, Death, Marriage and Divorce Records
Town Clerk | Town of Chester Middlesex County Town of Chester Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Clinton, CT Middlesex County Town of Clinton Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Town of Cromwell CT Middlesex County Town of Cromwell Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Deep River CT Middlesex County Town of Deep River Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town of Durham, CT – Office of The Town Clerk Middlesex County Town of Durham Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk’s Office Middlesex County Town of East Haddam Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | East Hampton CT Middlesex County Town of East Hampton Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Essex CT Middlesex County Town of Essex Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Haddam CT Middlesex County Town of Haddam Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town of Killingworth Middlesex County Town of Killingworth Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk – Town of Middlefield, Connecticut – The official website of the Town of Middlefield and Rockfall, Conn. Middlesex County Town of Middlefield Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Old Saybrook CT Middlesex County Town of Old Saybrook Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Town of Portland Middlesex County Town of Portland Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town  Clerk | Westbrook, CT Middlesex County Town of Westbrook Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Naugatuck CT : Town Clerk New Haven County Borough of Naugatuck Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town & City Clerk – City of Ansonia, Connecticut New Haven County City of Ansonia Birth, Death and Marriage Records
City of Derby, ConnecticutCity Hall New Haven County City of Derby Birth, Death and Marriage Records
City Clerk | Milford CT New Haven County City of Milford Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Office of the Town Clerk – City of Waterbury, CT New Haven County City of Waterbury Birth, Death and Marriage Records
City Clerk’s Office | West Haven, CT New Haven County City of West Haven Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town of Beacon Falls Town Clerk New Haven County Town of Beacon Falls Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk – Town of Bethany, Connecticut New Haven County Town of Bethany Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Welcome to the Town of Branford, Connecticut – Town Clerk New Haven County Town of Branford Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Cheshire – The bedding plant capital of Connecticut – Town Clerk New Haven County Town of Cheshire Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Town of East Haven CT New Haven County Town of East Haven Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Town of Guilford New Haven County Town of Guilford Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Hamden CT – Town Clerk New Haven County Town of Hamden Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Madison, CT New Haven County Town of Madison Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk’s Office New Haven County Town of Middlebury Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk New Haven County Town of North Branford Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk New Haven County Town of North Haven Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Orange, CT New Haven County Town of Orange Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Oxford CT New Haven County Town of Oxford Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town of Prospect Town Clerk New Haven County Town of Prospect Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Office of the Town Clerk New Haven County Town of Seymour Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk – Southbury, CT New Haven County Town of Southbury Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Browser Download New Haven County Town of Wallingford Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk – Town Of Wolcott New Haven County Town of Wolcott Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Vital Statistics | Woodbridge, CT New Haven County Town of Woodbridge Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Welcome to New London, Connecticut – City Clerk City of New London Birth, Death and Marriage Records
City Clerk | Norwich, CT – Official Website New London County City of Norwich Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Colchester CT New London County Town of Colchester Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Town of East Lyme New London County Town of East Lyme Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Franklin CT New London County Town of Franklin Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk New London County Town of Griswold Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Welcome to the Town of Groton, Connecticut New London County Town of Groton Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town of Lebanon, CT New London County Town of Lebanon Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Ledyard, CT – Official Website New London County Town of Ledyard Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town of Lisbon New London County Town of Lisbon Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Browser Download New London County Town of Montville Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | North Stonington CT New London County Town of North Stonington Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Old Lyme CT New London County Town of Old Lyme Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Preston, CT New London County Town of Preston Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town of Salem, CT – Town Clerk New London County Town of Salem Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town of Sprague, CT New London County Town of Sprague Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Stonington CT New London County Town of Stonington Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk Town of Voluntown New London County Town of Voluntown Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Waterford CT New London County Town of Waterford Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk – Welcome to Andover, CT Tolland County Town of Andover Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk – Bolton, Connecticut  Tolland County Town of Bolton Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk – The Town of Columbia  Tolland County Town of Columbia Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Coventry, CT – Official Website Tolland County Town of Coventry Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk’s Office | Ellington, CT Tolland County Town of Ellington Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Town of Hebron Tolland County Town of Hebron Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town of Mansfield, Connecticut – Town Clerk’s Office Homepage Tolland County Town of Mansfield Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk – Somers Tolland County Town of Somers Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town of Stafford – CT – Town Clerk Tolland County Town of Stafford Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Town of Tolland CT Town of Tolland Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Town of Union, Connecticut Tolland County Town of Union Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town of Vernon, CT – Town Clerk Tolland County Town of Vernon Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Willington CT Tolland County Town of WillingtonBirth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk’s Office – Ashford, Connecticut Windham County Town of Ashford Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Brooklyn CT Windham County Town of Brooklyn Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk’s Office :: Canterbury CT Town Departments Windham County Town of Canterbury Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town of Chaplin, Connecticut Windham County Town of Chaplin Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk / Town Clerk’s Office Windham County Town of Eastford Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town of Hampton Connecticut Windham County Town of Hampton Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Town of Killingly CT Windham County Town of Killingly Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town of Plainfield, Connecticut – Town Clerk Windham County Town of Plainfield Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Pomfret CT Windham County Town of Pomfret Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Putnam CT Windham County Town of Putnam Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town of Scotland, Connecticut | Welcome to Scotland, CT Windham County Town of Scotland Birth, Death and Marriage Records
The Sterling Town Clerk Windham County Town of Sterling Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Town Clerk | Thompson CT Windham County Town of Thompson Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Windham Town Hall – Windham/Willimantic, CT Town of Windham Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Welcome to the Town of Woodstock CT – Town Clerk Department Windham County Town of Woodstock Birth, Death and Marriage Records