By Lauren Sellew
MERIDEN —The limited number of cases being heard at Meriden Superior Court will be handled in New Haven Superior Court starting Thursday.
The move is part of a statewide plan that will close all but one courthouse in each of the state’s 13 judicial districts, according to a statement from Judge Patrick Carroll, chief court administrator.
Earlier this week, the judicial branch limited the types of cases being heard at all courthouses to “Priority 1 Business Functions” — criminal and domestic violence arraignments, juvenile detention hearings, family orders of relief from abuse, civil orders of relief from abuse, civil protection orders and orders of temporary custody.
“These are extraordinary times and require extraordinary measures,” Carroll said in the statement. “Our overarching challenge throughout the crisis has been to balance the constitutional obligation of the courts to remain open with protecting the health and safety of every individual who enters a state courthouse. Ultimately, we have determined that the plan announced today is the best option to achieve this balance.”
This change is in effect until further notice. All other cases are being rescheduled.