Substitute Senate Bill No. 1016
         Substitute Senate Bill No. 1016

               PUBLIC ACT NO. 97-40


AN ACT CONCERNING COURT OPERATIONS.


    Be  it  enacted  by  the  Senate  and House of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section  1.  Subsection  (d) of section 13b-42
of  the  general  statutes  is  repealed  and  the
following is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (d)  In connection with the purchase or taking
by the commissioner of  any  such  property  in  a
municipality, the commissioner shall file with the
chief executive officer or first selectman of  the
municipality  a written statement finding that the
purchase or taking is necessary, setting forth the
reasons  supporting  such  finding  and requesting
approval by the municipality of  the  purchase  or
taking,  which  approval  shall  be by vote of the
municipality at a  referendum  held  at  the  next
regular  election held in the municipality. If the
municipality by vote disapproves the  purchase  or
taking,  the  commissioner may, within thirty days
following the vote, appeal to the  superior  court
for   the   judicial   district   in   which   the
municipality is located and the  appeal  shall  be
accorded  a  privileged status. [on the docket and
trial  list.]  The  court  shall,  after  hearing,
determine  whether the commissioner has proven the
necessity for  the  purchase  or  taking  and  the
burden of proving such necessity shall be upon the
commissioner. If the court  after  hearing,  deems
that  the  commissioner  has  not  sustained  such
burden of proof, the court  shall  enter  judgment
for,  and  may  award  reasonable  costs  to,  the
municipality.  If  the   court,   after   hearing,
determines  that  the  commissioner  has sustained
such burden of proof, the court may set aside  the
action   of   the  municipality  disapproving  the
purchase or taking and may  enter  an  order  upon
terms  and conditions that it deems appropriate to
safeguard  the  rights  of  the  parties  and  the
public.  After  a  purchase  or  taking  has  been
legally approved, or its disapproval has been  set
aside by the Superior Court, the state may proceed
with the  purchase  or  taking  upon  paying  just
compensation  to  the  municipality.  In  case the
state cannot agree with the municipality upon  the
amount  of  the  compensation, the amount shall be
determined in the  manner  prescribed  in  section
48-12.  An  appeal  from  the amount so determined
shall not act as a stay of the purchase or taking.
    Sec.  2.  Subsection  (d) of section 13b-44 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (d)  If  the municipality fails or neglects to
act upon a request for approval within sixty  days
after  the  receipt thereof by its chief executive
officer or first selectman, the municipality shall
be  deemed  to have approved of such establishment
or  expansion.  If  the   municipality   by   vote
disapproves of the establishment or expansion, the
commissioner may,  within  thirty  days  following
such  vote,  appeal  to the superior court for the
judicial district in  which  the  municipality  is
located   and  the  appeal  shall  be  accorded  a
privileged status. [on the docket and trial list.]
The  court shall, after hearing, determine whether
the commissioner has proven the necessity for  the
establishment  or  expansion  of an airport within
the municipality and the burden  of  proving  such
necessity  shall  be upon the commissioner. If the
court,  after   hearing,   determines   that   the
commissioner  has  not  sustained  such  burden of
proof, the court shall enter judgment for, and may
award  reasonable  costs  to, the municipality. If
the court,  after  hearing,  determines  that  the
commissioner  has  sustained such burden of proof,
the  court  may  set  aside  the  action  of   the
municipality  disapproving  the  establishment  or
expansion and may enter such order upon such terms
and   conditions   as   it  deems  appropriate  to
safeguard  the  rights  of  the  parties  and  the
public.
    Sec.  3. Section 51-36 of the general statutes
is repealed and the following  is  substituted  in
lieu thereof:
    (a)  The  Chief  Court Administrator may cause
any and all court  records,  papers  or  documents
other  than  records  concerning  title  to  land,
required to be  retained  indefinitely  or  for  a
[defined]  period  of time DEFINED by (1) rules of
court, [or]  (2)  directives  promulgated  by  the
Office  of  the  Chief  Court Administrator or (3)
statute, to be microfilmed.  The  device  used  to
reproduce  such records on film shall be one which
accurately  reproduces  the  original  thereof  in
detail.  Such  microfilm  shall  be considered and
treated the same as the original  records,  papers
or    documents,   provided   a   certificate   of
authenticity appears on each roll of microfilm.  A
transcript,   exemplification  or  certified  copy
thereof shall for all purposes be deemed to  be  a
transcript,  exemplification  or certified copy of
the original. The original court  records,  papers
or  documents  so reproduced may be disposed of in
such manner as approved by the Office of the Chief
Court   Administrator.   For   purposes   of  this
subsection,  microfilm  shall  include  microcard,
microfiche,  microphotograph, ELECTRONIC MEDIUM or
any other process  which  actually  reproduces  or
forms  a  durable  medium  for  so reproducing the
original.
    (b)  Any judge of the Superior Court may order
that official  records  of  evidence  or  judicial
proceedings  in  said  court,  the Court of Common
Pleas or the  Circuit  Court,  INCLUDING  OFFICIAL
NOTES   AND   TAPES   OF   EVIDENCE   OR  JUDICIAL
PROCEEDINGS CONCERNING TITLE TO LAND,  taken  more
than  [ten]  SEVEN years prior to the date of such
order  by  any  stenographer  or  official   court
reporter,  be  destroyed  by the person having the
custody thereof.
    (c)  All  court  records  other  than  records
concerning title  to  land  may  be  destroyed  in
accordance with rules of court. Records concerning
title to land shall not be  subject  to  any  such
destruction,  EXCEPT THAT OFFICIAL NOTES AND TAPES
OF EVIDENCE  OR  JUDICIAL  PROCEEDINGS  CONCERNING
TITLE  TO LAND MAY BE DESTROYED. All court records
may be transferred to any agency of this state  or
to  any federal agency in accordance with rules of
court or directives promulgated by the  Office  of
the Chief Court Administrator, provided records in
any action concerning title to land terminated  by
a  final  judgment  affecting  any right, title or
interest in real property shall  be  retained  for
not  less  than  forty  years in the office of the
clerk of the court location in which the  judgment
was rendered. Any other Judicial Department books,
records, papers or documents may be  destroyed  or
transferred  to any agency of this state or to any
federal  agency  in  accordance  with   directives
promulgated  by  the  Office  of  the  Chief Court
Administrator.
    Sec.  4.  Subsection (b) of section 51-164n of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (b)   Notwithstanding  any  provision  of  the
general statutes to the contrary, any  person  who
is alleged to have committed (1) a violation under
the provisions of section 1-9, 1-10, 1-11,  4b-13,
7-13,  7-14, 7-18, 7-35, 7-41, 7-83, 7-104, 7-283,
7-325, 7-393,  8-25,  8-27,  9-63,  9-296,  9-305,
9-322,  9-350,  10-193,  10-197,  10-198,  10-230,
10-251, 10-254, 12-52, 12-170aa, 12-292,  12-326g,
subsection  (4) of section 12-408, subsection (3),
(5) or (6) of  section  12-411,  section  12-435c,
12-476a,   12-476b,   12-487,   13a-71,   13a-107,
13a-113,  13a-114,  13a-115,  13a-117b,   13a-123,
13a-124,   13a-139,  13a-140,  13a-143b,  13a-247,
13a-253, subsection (f) of section 13b-42, section
13b-90,   13b-221,   13b-224,   13b-292,  13b-336,
13b-337, 13b-338,  13b-410a,  13b-410b,  13b-410c,
subsection  (a),  (b)  or  (c) of section 13b-412,
section 13b-414, subsection (d) of section  14-12,
section  14-20a, 14-27a, subsection (e) of section
14-34a, subsection (d) of section  14-35,  section
14-43,  14-49,  14-50a,  14-58,  subsection (b) of
section 14-66,  section  14-66a,  14-66b,  14-67a,
subsection  (f) of section 14-80h, section 14-97a,
subsection  (c)  of   section   14-100a,   section
14-100b,   14-103a,   14-106a,   14-106c,  14-146,
14-152, 14-153, 14-163b, section 14-219  specified
in subsection (e) of said section, section 14-240,
14-249, 14-250, subsection  (a),  (b)  or  (c)  of
section  14-261a, section 14-267a, 14-269, 14-270,
14-275a, 14-278, 14-279, subsection (e) of section
14-283,  section  14-291, 14-293b, 14-319, 14-320,
14-321,   14-325a,   14-326,   14-330,    14-332a,
subdivision  (1),  (2)  or (3) of section 14-386a,
section 15-33, subsection (a) of  section  15-115,
section    16-256,    16-256e,   16a-15,   16a-22,
subsection (a) or (b) of section 16a-22h,  section
17a-24,   17a-145,   17a-149,   17a-152,  17a-465,
17a-642,  17b-124,  17b-131,   17b-137,   17b-407,
17b-451,   17b-734,   subsection  (b)  of  section
17b-736,   19a-30,   19a-33,    19a-39,    19a-87,
subsection (b) of section 19a-87a, section 19a-91,
19a-105,  19a-107,  19a-108,   19a-215,   19a-219,
19a-222,   19a-224,   19a-286,  19a-287,  19a-297,
19a-301,  19a-309,  19a-335,   19a-336,   19a-338,
19a-339,  19a-340, 19a-425, 19a-502, 20-7a, 20-14,
20-158,   20-231,   20-257,    20-265,    20-324e,
subsection (a) of section 20-341, section 20-341l,
20-597,  20-608,  20-610,  21-30,  21-38,   21-39,
21-43,   21-47,   21-48,  21-63,  21-76a,  21a-21,
21a-25, 21a-26, 21a-30, 21a-31, subsection (a)  of
section  21a-37,  section  21a-46, 21a-60, 21a-61,
21a-63, 21a-77, 21a-78, subsection (b) of  section
21a-79, section 21a-85, 21a-154, 21a-159, 21a-201,
21a-211, 22-13, 22-14, 22-15, 22-16, 22-29, 22-34,
22-35, 22-36, 22-37, 22-38, 22-39, 22-39a, 22-39b,
22-39c,  22-39d,  22-39e,  22-49,  22-54,   22-61,
22-89,   22-90,  22-98,  22-99,  22-100,  22-111o,
22-118i,   22-123,   22-279,   22-280a,   22-318a,
22-320h,  22-324a,  22-326, 22-342, subsection (b)
or (e) of section 22-344, section 22-359,  22-366,
22-379,  22-380,  22-391,  22-413, 22-414, 22-415,
22a-66a,  22a-246,  subsection  (a)   of   section
22a-250,   subsection  (e)  of  section  22a-256h,
section 22a-449,  22a-461,  23-37,  23-38,  23-46,
23-61b,  subsection  (a)  or (b) of section 23-65,
section 25-37, 25-40, 26-19, 26-21, 26-31,  26-40,
26-40a,  26-49, 26-54, 26-59, 26-61, 26-64, 26-79,
26-89,  26-97,  26-107,  26-117,  26-128,  26-131,
26-132,  26-138,  26-141,  26-207, 26-215, 26-221,
26-222, 26-224a, 26-227, 26-230,  26-234,  26-267,
26-269,  26-294,  28-13,  29-6a,  29-109,  29-118,
29-161a, 29-161b, 29-198, 29-210, 29-243,  29-277,
29-316,  29-318,  29-341,  29-381, 30-48a, 30-86a,
31-3, 31-10, 31-11, 31-12,  31-13,  31-14,  31-15,
31-16,  31-18,  31-23, 31-24, 31-25, 31-28, 31-32,
31-36, 31-38, 31-38a, 31-40, 31-44, 31-47,  31-48,
31-51,  31-51k,  31-52,  31-52a, 31-54, subsection
(a) or (c) of section 31-69, section 31-70, 31-74,
31-75,  31-76,  31-76a, 31-89b, 31-134, subsection
(g) of section 31-273,  section  31-288,  36a-787,
42-230,    44-3,    45a-450,   45a-634,   45a-658,
subdivision  (13)  or  (14)  of  section   46a-54,
section  46a-59,  46b-22,  46b-24, 46b-34, 47-34a,
47-47, 49-8a, 49-16, 53-133, subsection (a) or (b)
of   section  53-211,  section  53-212a,  53-249a,
53-252, 53-264, 53-301, 53-302a, 53-303e, 53-311a,
53-321,  53-322, 53-323, 53-331, 53-344 or 53-450,
or (2) a violation under the provisions of chapter
268,  or (3) a violation of any regulation adopted
in  accordance  with  the  provisions  of  section
12-484,   12-487  or  13b-410,  shall  follow  the
procedures set forth in this section.
    Sec.   5.   Section   52-434  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  (1) Each judge of the Supreme Court, each
judge of the Appellate Court, each  judge  of  the
Superior  Court  and  each  judge  of the Court of
Common Pleas who ceases  or  has  ceased  to  hold
office  because of retirement other than under the
provisions of section 51-49 and who is an  elector
and  a  resident  of  this  state shall be a state
referee for the remainder of his term of office as
a judge and shall be eligible for appointment as a
state referee during the remainder of his life  in
the  manner  prescribed by law for the appointment
of a judge of the court of which he is  a  member.
The  Superior  Court  may refer any civil, nonjury
case or with the written consent of the parties or
their  attorneys,  any  civil  jury  case  pending
before the court in which  the  issues  have  been
closed  to such a state referee who shall have and
exercise the  powers  of  the  Superior  Court  in
respect to trial, judgment and appeal in the case.
The Superior Court may, with the  consent  of  the
parties  or  their  attorneys,  refer any criminal
case to such a state referee who  shall  have  and
exercise  the  powers  of  the  Superior  Court in
respect to trial, judgment, sentencing and  appeal
in  the  case. (2) Each judge of the Circuit Court
who  has  ceased  to  hold   office   because   of
retirement  other  than  under  the  provisions of
section 51-49 and who is an elector and a resident
of  this  state  shall  be a state referee for the
remainder of his term of office  as  a  judge  and
shall  be  eligible  for  appointment  as  a state
referee during the remainder of his  life  in  the
manner  prescribed by law for the appointment of a
judge of the court of which he  is  a  member,  to
whom  the  Superior  Court  may,  with the written
consent of the parties or their  attorneys,  refer
any case pending in court in which the issues have
been closed and which the judges of  the  Superior
Court may establish by rule to be the kind of case
which may be heard by such referees.  The  referee
shall  hear  any  such case so referred and report
the facts to the  court  by  which  the  case  was
referred. (3) Each judge of the Juvenile Court who
ceases or has ceased to  hold  office  because  of
retirement  other  than  under  the  provisions of
section 51-49 and who is an elector and a resident
of  this  state  shall  be a state referee for the
remainder of his term of office  as  a  judge  and
shall  be  eligible  for  appointment  as  a state
referee during the remainder of his  life  in  the
manner  prescribed by law for the appointment of a
judge of the court of which he  is  a  member,  to
whom  a  judge  before whom any juvenile matter is
pending may, with the written consent of the child
concerned,  either  of his parents or his guardian
or  his  attorney,  refer  any   juvenile   matter
pending.  The  referee  shall  hear  any matter so
referred and report the facts to the court for the
district  from  which the matter was referred. (4)
In  addition  to  the  state  referees   who   are
appointed  pursuant to subdivision (1), (2) or (3)
of this subsection, the Chief Justice may appoint,
from  qualified  members  of the bar of the state,
who are electors and residents of this  state,  as
many  state  referees  as he may from time to time
deem advisable or necessary. No appointment  of  a
member  of  the bar may be for a term of more than
[one  year]  THREE  YEARS.   Notwithstanding   the
provisions  of  subsection  (f)  of  this section,
state referees appointed by the Chief Justice from
members  of  the bar shall receive such reasonable
compensation and expenses as may be determined  by
the Chief Justice.
    (b)  The  Chief  Justice  may  designate, from
among the state referees, judge trial referees  to
whom criminal and civil cases and juvenile matters
may be referred. Criminal cases and civil cases of
an  adversary  nature  shall  be  referred only to
state  referees  who  are  designated   as   trial
referees.  Juvenile matters shall be referred only
to trial referees who are specifically  designated
to hear juvenile cases. No such designation may be
for a term of more than one year.
    (c)  Each  hearing by a state referee shall be
held in a suitable room, to  be  provided  by  the
Office  of  the  Chief  Court  Administrator, in a
courthouse in the judicial district where the case
is  pending  unless the parties or their attorneys
stipulate in writing that the hearing may be  held
elsewhere.
    (d)   Each   state   referee   may   have  the
attendance of a sheriff or deputy sheriff  at  any
hearing  before him. The sheriff or deputy sheriff
shall receive the same compensation  provided  for
attendance  at  regular sessions of the court from
which the case was referred and such  compensation
shall  be  taxed  by the state referee in the same
manner as similar costs are taxed by the judges of
the court.
    (e)   Each   state   referee  may  compel  the
attendance  of  any  witness  summoned  to  appear
before  him  at any hearing, in the same manner as
the attendance of any witness may be compelled  in
the  Superior Court, and may punish for any act of
contempt committed in his presence  while  engaged
in  the hearing in the same manner and to the same
extent as judges of the Superior Court.
    (f)  Each  state  referee  shall  receive, for
acting as a referee or  as  a  single  auditor  or
committee  of  any  court or for performing duties
assigned by the Chief Court Administrator with the
approval  of the Chief Justice, in addition to the
retirement salary, the sum of  one  hundred  sixty
dollars  and expenses, including mileage, for each
day a state referee is so engaged, said sums to be
taxed  by  the  court  making the reference in the
same manner as other court expenses.
    (g)  A  judge trial referee may participate in
an alternative dispute resolution program approved
by  STA-FED  ADR, Inc. in any year commencing July
first provided such referee performed  the  duties
of  a judge trial referee or a senior judge for at
least seventy-five days during the preceding year,
except  that  (1)  for the year commencing July 1,
1993, a judge trial  referee  may  participate  in
said   alternative   dispute   resolution  program
without having performed the  duties  of  a  judge
trial  referee  or  senior  judge for seventy-five
days during the preceding year  and  (2)  a  judge
trial  referee may participate in said alternative
dispute resolution  program  from  the  date  such
referee   assumes   such   status,   through   the
completion  of  the  year  commencing  July  first
following  such  date without having satisfied the
seventy-five-day requirement.  Any  [state]  JUDGE
TRIAL referee who participates in said alternative
dispute resolution program pursuant to  subsection
(g) of section 51-50c without having satisfied the
seventy-five-day requirement  set  forth  in  said
subsection shall not be eligible to participate in
said program pursuant to this  subsection  without
having  satisfied the seventy-five-day requirement
set forth in this subsection.
    Sec.   6.   Section  52-549n  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    In  accordance  with the provisions of section
51-14, the judges of the Superior Court  may  make
such  rules  as  they  deem necessary to provide a
procedure in accordance with which the  court,  in
its  discretion,  may  refer  to a fact-finder for
proceedings authorized pursuant to  this  chapter,
any  contract action pending in the Superior Court
in which only money damages are claimed and  which
is based upon an express or implied promise to pay
a definite sum, and in  which  the  amount,  legal
interest  or  property  in  demand  is  less  than
fifteen thousand dollars exclusive of interest and
costs. Such cases may be referred to a fact-finder
only after the  CERTIFICATE  OF  CLOSED  pleadings
[have  been  closed,  a trial list claim] has been
filed, no claim for a jury trial has been filed at
the  time of reference, and the time prescribed in
section 52-215  for  filing  a  jury  trial  claim
within thirty days of the return day or within ten
days after the issue of fact has been  joined  has
expired.
    Sec.   7.   Section  52-549u  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    In  accordance  with the provisions of section
51-14, the judges of the Superior Court  may  make
such  rules  as  they  deem necessary to provide a
procedure in accordance with which the  court,  in
its  discretion,  may  refer to an arbitrator, for
proceedings authorized pursuant to  this  chapter,
any  civil  action  in  which  the  amount,  legal
interest  or  property  in  demand  is  less  than
fifteen thousand dollars exclusive of interest and
costs and in which a claim for a trial by jury and
a [claim for the trial list] CERTIFICATE OF CLOSED
PLEADINGS have been filed.
    Sec.   8.   Section   54-33c  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  The  applicant  for  the  search  warrant
shall file a  copy  of  the  application  for  the
warrant  and all affidavits upon which the warrant
is based with the  clerk  of  the  court  for  the
geographical  area within which the search will be
conducted no later  than  the  next  business  day
following the [issuance] EXECUTION of the warrant.
Prior to the execution and return of the  warrant,
the  clerk  of  the  court  shall not disclose any
information pertaining to the application for  the
warrant  or  any affidavits upon which the warrant
is based. The warrant shall be executed within ten
days   and  returned  with  reasonable  promptness
consistent with due process of law  and  shall  be
accompanied by a written inventory of all property
seized. A copy of such warrant shall be  given  to
the  owner or occupant of the dwelling, structure,
motor vehicle or place designated therein, or  the
person  named therein. Within forty-eight hours of
such search, a copy of  the  application  for  the
warrant  and  a  copy of all affidavits upon which
the warrant is based shall be given to such owner,
occupant  or  person.  The  judge  may,  by order,
dispense with the requirement of giving a copy  of
the  affidavits  to such owner, occupant or person
at such time if  the  applicant  for  the  warrant
files  a  detailed  affidavit with the judge which
demonstrates to the judge that  (1)  the  personal
safety   of  a  confidential  informant  would  be
jeopardized  by  the  giving  of  a  copy  of  the
affidavits at such time, or (2) the search is part
of  a  continuing  investigation  which  would  be
adversely  affected by the giving of a copy of the
affidavits at such time, or (3) the giving of such
affidavits  at  such time would require disclosure
of information or material prohibited  from  being
disclosed  by chapter 959a. If the judge dispenses
with the requirement  of  giving  a  copy  of  the
affidavits  at  such  time,  such  order shall not
affect the right of such owner, occupant or person
to  obtain  such  copy  at any subsequent time. No
such order shall  limit  the  disclosure  of  such
affidavits  to  the attorney for a person arrested
in connection with or subsequent to the  execution
of  a  search  warrant  unless, upon motion of the
prosecuting authority within  two  weeks  of  such
person's  arraignment,  the  court  finds that the
state's  interest  in   continuing   nondisclosure
substantially  outweighs  the defendant's right to
disclosure.
    (b)  Any order dispensing with the requirement
of giving a copy of the  warrant  application  and
accompanying affidavits to such owner, occupant or
person within forty-eight hours  shall  be  for  a
specific  period  of time, not to exceed two weeks
beyond the date the warrant  is  executed.  Within
that  time  period  the  prosecuting authority may
seek  an  extension  of  such  period.  Upon   the
execution  and  return  of the warrant, affidavits
which have been the subject of such an order shall
remain  in  the custody of the clerk's office in a
secure location apart from the  remainder  of  the
court file.
    Sec.   9.   Section   51-345  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  Except  as provided in section 51-348 and
[subsection   (b)]   SUBSECTIONS   (b)   TO   (g),
INCLUSIVE,  of  this  section,  all  civil process
shall be made returnable to a  judicial  district,
as follows:
    (1)  If  all  the  parties reside outside this
state, to the  judicial  district  where  (A)  the
injury  occurred, (B) the transaction occurred, or
(C) the property is located or lawfully attached.
    (2)  If  the  defendant  is not a resident, to
the judicial district where the attached  property
is located.
    (3)   If  either  or  both  the  plaintiff  or
defendant are residents  of  this  state,  to  the
judicial  district  where  either the plaintiff or
defendant resides, except:
    (A)  If  either the plaintiff or the defendant
resides in the town of Manchester,  East  Windsor,
South  Windsor  or Enfield, the action may be made
returnable at  the  option  of  the  plaintiff  to
either   the  judicial  district  of  Hartford-New
Britain or the judicial district of Tolland.
    (B)  If  either the plaintiff or the defendant
resides in the town of Plymouth, the action may be
made  returnable at the option of the plaintiff to
either  the  judicial  district  of   Hartford-New
Britain or the judicial district of Waterbury.
    (C)  If  either the plaintiff or the defendant
resides in the  town  of  Bethany,  Milford,  West
Haven  or  Woodbridge,  the  action  may  be  made
returnable at  the  option  of  the  plaintiff  to
either  the  judicial district of New Haven or the
judicial district of Ansonia-Milford.
    (D)  If  either the plaintiff or the defendant
resides in the town of Southbury, the  action  may
be  made returnable at the option of the plaintiff
to either the judicial district of Ansonia-Milford
or the judicial district of Waterbury.
    (E)  If  either  the  plaintiff  or  defendant
resides in the  town  of  Darien,  Greenwich,  New
Canaan,  Norwalk,  Stamford,  Weston,  Westport or
Wilton, the action may be made returnable  at  the
option  of  the  plaintiff  to either the judicial
district  of  Stamford-Norwalk  or  the   judicial
district of Fairfield.
    (F)  If  either  the  plaintiff  or  defendant
resides in the town of Watertown or Woodbury,  the
action may be made returnable at the option of the
plaintiff  to  either  the  judicial  district  of
Waterbury or the judicial district of Litchfield.
    (G)  If  either  the  plaintiff  or  defendant
resides in the town of Cromwell, the action may be
made  returnable at the option of the plaintiff to
either  the  judicial  district  of   Hartford-New
Britain or the judicial district of Middlesex.
    (b)  In  all  actions  involving  the title to
land, for trespass to land  and  to  foreclose  or
redeem  mortgages  or  liens  upon  real property,
civil process shall  be  made  returnable  to  the
judicial  district  where  the  real  property  is
located, either entirely or in part, except:
    (1)  If  the  land  is  located in the town of
Manchester, East Windsor, South Windsor or Enfield
and  either the plaintiff or the defendant resides
in the town of  Manchester,  East  Windsor,  South
Windsor   or  Enfield,  the  action  may  be  made
returnable at  the  option  of  the  plaintiff  to
either   the  judicial  district  of  Hartford-New
Britain or the judicial district of Tolland.
    (2)  If  the  land  is  located in the town of
Plymouth and either the plaintiff or the defendant
resides in the town of Plymouth, the action may be
made returnable at the option of the plaintiff  to
either   the  judicial  district  of  Hartford-New
Britain or the judicial district of Waterbury.
    (3)  If  the  land  is  located in the town of
Bethany, Milford, West  Haven  or  Woodbridge  and
either  the  plaintiff or the defendant resides in
the  town  of  Bethany,  Milford,  West  Haven  or
Woodbridge,  the  action may be made returnable at
the option of the plaintiff to either the judicial
district  of New Haven or the judicial district of
Ansonia-Milford.
    (4)  If  the  land  is  located in the town of
Southbury  and  either  the   plaintiff   or   the
defendant  resides  in  the town of Southbury, the
action may be made returnable at the option of the
plaintiff  to  either  the  judicial  district  of
Ansonia-Milford  or  the  judicial   district   of
Waterbury.
    (5)  If  the  land  is  located in the town of
Weston,  Westport  or  Wilton   and   either   the
plaintiff  or  the defendant resides in any one of
these towns, the action may be made returnable  at
the option of the plaintiff to either the judicial
district  of  Stamford-Norwalk  or  the   judicial
district of Fairfield.
    (6)  If  the  land  is  located in the town of
Watertown or Woodbury and either the plaintiff  or
the  defendant resides in the town of Watertown or
Woodbury, the action may be made returnable at the
option  of  the  plaintiff  to either the judicial
district of Waterbury or the judicial district  of
Litchfield.
    (c)  In  all  actions by a corporation, except
actions made returnable under subsection (b),  (d)
OR  (g)  of  this  section, civil process shall be
made returnable as follows:
    (1)  If  the  plaintiff  is  either a domestic
corporation or a United States corporation and the
defendant   is  a  resident,  either  (A)  to  the
judicial  district  where  the  plaintiff  has  an
office or place of business or (B) to the judicial
district where the defendant resides.
    (2)  If  the  plaintiff  is  either a domestic
corporation or a United States corporation and the
defendant  is  a corporation, domestic or foreign,
to the judicial district where (A)  the  plaintiff
has an office or place of business, (B) the injury
occurred, (C) the transaction occurred, or (D) the
property is located or lawfully attached.
    (3)  If the plaintiff is a foreign corporation
and the defendant is a resident, to  the  judicial
district where the defendant resides.
    (4)  If the plaintiff is a foreign corporation
and the defendant is a  corporation,  domestic  or
foreign,  to  the  judicial district where (A) the
injury occurred, (B) the transaction occurred,  or
(C) the property is located or lawfully attached.
    (d)   In   all   actions   involving  consumer
transactions,  civil   process   shall   be   made
returnable  to  the  judicial  district  where the
[defendant]  CONSUMER   resides   or   where   the
transaction  occurred.  For  the  purposes of this
subsection,   consumer   transaction    means    a
transaction  in  which  a natural person obligates
himself to pay for goods sold or leased,  services
rendered  or moneys loaned for personal, family or
household purposes.
    (e)  In  all actions for the partition or sale
of any  property,  civil  process  shall  be  made
returnable  to  the  judicial  district  where the
parties, or one of them, reside; but, if  none  of
them  resides  in this state, then to the judicial
district where all or a part of  the  property  is
located.
    (f)  In all actions by a nonresident executor,
trustee  under  a  will  or  administrator,  civil
process  shall  be  made  returnable  to  the same
judicial  district  as  would  be  proper  if  the
plaintiff  resided  in the town where the court of
probate which granted administration is held.
    (g) IN SMALL  CLAIMS  MATTERS,  CIVIL  PROCESS
SHALL  BE MADE  RETURNABLE  TO  A  SUPERIOR  COURT
FACILITY   DESIGNATED   BY    THE    CHIEF   COURT
ADMINISTRATOR  TO  SERVE  THE  SMALL  CLAIMS  AREA
WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES  OF  THE  JUDICIAL  DISTRICT
WHERE THE PLAINTIFF  RESIDES,  WHERE THE DEFENDANT
RESIDES  OR  IS   DOING   BUSINESS  OR  WHERE  THE
TRANSACTION OR INJURY OCCURRED.
    Sec.   10.   Section  51-345  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  Except  as provided in section 51-348, AS
AMENDED BY SECTIONS 15 AND  16  OF  THIS  ACT  and
[subsection   (b)]   SUBSECTIONS   (b)   TO   (g),
INCLUSIVE, of  this  section,  all  civil  process
shall  be  made returnable to a judicial district,
as follows:
    (1)  If  all  the  parties reside outside this
state, to the  judicial  district  where  (A)  the
injury  occurred, (B) the transaction occurred, or
(C) the property is located or lawfully attached.
    (2)  If  the  defendant  is not a resident, to
the judicial district where the attached  property
is located.
    (3)   If  either  or  both  the  plaintiff  or
defendant are residents  of  this  state,  to  the
judicial  district  where  either the plaintiff or
defendant resides, except:
    (A)  If  either the plaintiff or the defendant
resides in the town of Manchester,  East  Windsor,
South  Windsor  or Enfield, the action may be made
returnable at  the  option  of  the  plaintiff  to
either  the  judicial  district of Hartford or the
judicial district of Tolland.
    (B)  If  either the plaintiff or the defendant
resides in the town of Plymouth, the action may be
made  returnable at the option of the plaintiff to
either the judicial district of New Britain or the
judicial district of Waterbury.
    (C)  If  either the plaintiff or the defendant
resides in the  town  of  Bethany,  Milford,  West
Haven  or  Woodbridge,  the  action  may  be  made
returnable at  the  option  of  the  plaintiff  to
either  the  judicial district of New Haven or the
judicial district of Ansonia-Milford.
    (D)  If  either the plaintiff or the defendant
resides in the town of Southbury, the  action  may
be  made returnable at the option of the plaintiff
to either the judicial district of Ansonia-Milford
or the judicial district of Waterbury.
    (E)  If  either  the  plaintiff  or  defendant
resides in the  town  of  Darien,  Greenwich,  New
Canaan,  Norwalk,  Stamford,  Weston,  Westport or
Wilton, the action may be made returnable  at  the
option  of  the  plaintiff  to either the judicial
district  of  Stamford-Norwalk  or  the   judicial
district of Fairfield.
    (F)  If  either  the  plaintiff  or  defendant
resides in the town of Watertown or Woodbury,  the
action may be made returnable at the option of the
plaintiff  to  either  the  judicial  district  of
Waterbury or the judicial district of Litchfield.
    (G)  If  either  the  plaintiff  or  defendant
resides in the town of Avon, Canton, Farmington or
Simsbury, the action may be made returnable at the
option of the plaintiff  to  either  the  judicial
district  of  Hartford or the judicial district of
New Britain.
    (H)  If  either  the  plaintiff  or  defendant
resides in the town of Newington, the  action  may
be  made returnable at the option of the plaintiff
to either the judicial district of Hartford or the
judicial  district  of  New  Britain,  except  for
actions where venue is in the geographical area as
provided in section 51-348, AS AMENDED BY SECTIONS
15 AND 16 OF THIS ACT, or in rules of court.
    (I)  If  either  the  plaintiff  or  defendant
resides in the town of Cromwell, the action may be
made  returnable at the option of the plaintiff to
either the judicial district of  Hartford  or  the
judicial district of Middlesex.
    (b)  In  all  actions  involving  the title to
land, for trespass to land  and  to  foreclose  or
redeem  mortgages  or  liens  upon  real property,
civil process shall  be  made  returnable  to  the
judicial  district  where  the  real  property  is
located, either entirely or in part, except:
    (1)  If  the  land  is  located in the town of
Manchester, East Windsor, South Windsor or Enfield
and  either the plaintiff or the defendant resides
in the town of  Manchester,  East  Windsor,  South
Windsor   or  Enfield,  the  action  may  be  made
returnable at  the  option  of  the  plaintiff  to
either  the  judicial  district of Hartford or the
judicial district of Tolland.
    (2)  If  the  land  is  located in the town of
Plymouth and either the plaintiff or the defendant
resides in the town of Plymouth, the action may be
made returnable at the option of the plaintiff  to
either the judicial district of New Britain or the
judicial district of Waterbury.
    (3)  If  the  land  is  located in the town of
Bethany, Milford, West  Haven  or  Woodbridge  and
either  the  plaintiff or the defendant resides in
the  town  of  Bethany,  Milford,  West  Haven  or
Woodbridge,  the  action may be made returnable at
the option of the plaintiff to either the judicial
district  of New Haven or the judicial district of
Ansonia-Milford.
    (4)  If  the  land  is  located in the town of
Southbury  and  either  the   plaintiff   or   the
defendant  resides  in  the town of Southbury, the
action may be made returnable at the option of the
plaintiff  to  either  the  judicial  district  of
Ansonia-Milford  or  the  judicial   district   of
Waterbury.
    (5)  If  the  land  is  located in the town of
Weston,  Westport  or  Wilton   and   either   the
plaintiff  or  the defendant resides in any one of
these towns, the action may be made returnable  at
the option of the plaintiff to either the judicial
district  of  Stamford-Norwalk  or  the   judicial
district of Fairfield.
    (6)  If  the  land  is  located in the town of
Watertown or Woodbury and either the plaintiff  or
the  defendant resides in the town of Watertown or
Woodbury, the action may be made returnable at the
option  of  the  plaintiff  to either the judicial
district of Waterbury or the judicial district  of
Litchfield.
    (7)  If  the  land  is  located in the town of
Avon, Canton, Farmington or  Simsbury  and  either
the plaintiff or the defendant resides in the town
of  Avon,  Canton,  Farmington  or  Simsbury,  the
action may be made returnable at the option of the
plaintiff  to  either  the  judicial  district  of
Hartford or the judicial district of New Britain.
    (8)  If  the  land  is  located in the town of
Newington  and  either  the   plaintiff   or   the
defendant  resides  in  the town of Newington, the
action may be made returnable at the option of the
plaintiff  to  either  the  judicial  district  of
Hartford or the judicial district of New  Britain,
except   for   actions   where  venue  is  in  the
geographical area as provided in  section  51-348,
AS  AMENDED  BY SECTIONS 15 AND 16 OF THIS ACT, or
in rules of court.
    (c)  In  all  actions by a corporation, except
actions made returnable under subsection (b),  (d)
OR  (g)  of  this  section, civil process shall be
made returnable as follows:
    (1)  If  the  plaintiff  is  either a domestic
corporation or a United States corporation and the
defendant   is  a  resident,  either  (A)  to  the
judicial  district  where  the  plaintiff  has  an
office or place of business or (B) to the judicial
district where the defendant resides.
    (2)  If  the  plaintiff  is  either a domestic
corporation or a United States corporation and the
defendant  is  a corporation, domestic or foreign,
to the judicial district where (A)  the  plaintiff
has an office or place of business, (B) the injury
occurred, (C) the transaction occurred, or (D) the
property is located or lawfully attached.
    (3)  If the plaintiff is a foreign corporation
and the defendant is a resident, to  the  judicial
district where the defendant resides.
    (4)  If the plaintiff is a foreign corporation
and the defendant is a  corporation,  domestic  or
foreign,  to  the  judicial district where (A) the
injury occurred, (B) the transaction occurred,  or
(C) the property is located or lawfully attached.
    (d)   In   all   actions   involving  consumer
transactions,  civil   process   shall   be   made
returnable  to  the  judicial  district  where the
[defendant]  CONSUMER   resides   or   where   the
transaction  occurred.  For  the  purposes of this
subsection,   consumer   transaction    means    a
transaction  in  which  a natural person obligates
himself to pay for goods sold or leased,  services
rendered  or moneys loaned for personal, family or
household purposes.
    (e)  In  all actions for the partition or sale
of any  property,  civil  process  shall  be  made
returnable  to  the  judicial  district  where the
parties, or one of them, reside; but, if  none  of
them  resides  in this state, then to the judicial
district where all or a part of  the  property  is
located.
    (f)  In all actions by a nonresident executor,
trustee  under  a  will  or  administrator,  civil
process  shall  be  made  returnable  to  the same
judicial  district  as  would  be  proper  if  the
plaintiff  resided  in the town where the court of
probate which granted administration is held.
    (g) IN SMALL  CLAIMS  MATTERS,  CIVIL  PROCESS
SHALL  BE MADE  RETURNABLE  TO  A  SUPERIOR  COURT
FACILITY   DESIGNATED   BY    THE    CHIEF   COURT
ADMINISTRATOR  TO  SERVE  THE  SMALL  CLAIMS  AREA
WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES  OF  THE  JUDICIAL  DISTRICT
WHERE THE PLAINTIFF  RESIDES,  WHERE THE DEFENDANT
RESIDES  OR  IS   DOING   BUSINESS  OR  WHERE  THE
TRANSACTION OR INJURY OCCURRED.
    Sec.   11.   Section  51-346  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  Process in all civil actions brought to a
judicial district, EXCEPT SMALL CLAIMS AS PROVIDED
IN  SUBSECTION  (b) OF THIS SECTION, shall be made
returnable as follows:
    (1)  If  brought  to  the judicial district of
Ansonia-Milford,  to  the  court  at  Ansonia   or
Milford as the plaintiff elects;
    (2)  If  brought  to  the judicial district of
Danbury, to the court at Danbury;
    (3)  If  brought  to  the judicial district of
Fairfield, to the court at Bridgeport;
    (4)  If  brought  to  the judicial district of
Hartford-New Britain, to the  court  at  Hartford,
Bristol or New Britain as the plaintiff elects;
    (5)  If  brought  to  the judicial district of
Litchfield, to the  courthouse  for  the  judicial
district of Litchfield;
    (6)  If  brought  to  the judicial district of
Middlesex, to the court at Middletown;
    (7)  If  brought  to  the judicial district of
New Haven, to the court at New Haven or Meriden as
the plaintiff elects;
    (8)  If  brought  to  the judicial district of
New London, to the court at New London or  Norwich
as the plaintiff elects;
    (9)  If  brought  to  the judicial district of
Stamford-Norwalk, to the court at Stamford;
    (10)  If  brought  to the judicial district of
Tolland, to the court at Rockville;
    (11)  If  brought  to the judicial district of
Waterbury, to the court at Waterbury;
    (12)  If  brought  to the judicial district of
Windham, to the court at Putnam or Willimantic  as
the plaintiff elects.
    (b)  SMALL  CLAIMS   MATTERS   SHALL  BE  MADE
RETURNABLE   TO  THE   SUPERIOR   COURT   FACILITY
DESIGNATED BY THE  CHIEF  COURT  ADMINISTRATOR  TO
HANDLE SMALL CLAIMS  MATTERS,  EXCEPT  THAT  SMALL
CLAIMS  HOUSING MATTERS,  AS  DEFINED  IN  SECTION
47a-68,  SHALL  BE  ASSIGNED  IN  ACCORDANCE  WITH
SECTION 47a-70, WHERE APPLICABLE.
    [(b)]  (c)  Cases  brought  or  taken  to  any
location of the Superior Court may be assigned for
trial  at such location or at any other authorized
court location within the judicial district.
    Sec.   12.   Section  51-346  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  Process in all civil actions brought to a
judicial district, EXCEPT SMALL CLAIMS AS PROVIDED
IN  SUBSECTION  (b) OF THIS SECTION, shall be made
returnable as follows:
    (1)  If  brought  to  the judicial district of
Ansonia-Milford,  to  the  court  at  Ansonia   or
Milford as the plaintiff elects;
    (2)  If  brought  to  the judicial district of
Danbury, to the court at Danbury;
    (3)  If  brought  to  the judicial district of
Fairfield, to the court at Bridgeport;
    (4)  If  brought  to  the judicial district of
Hartford, to the court at Hartford;
    (5)  If  brought  to  the judicial district of
Litchfield, to the  courthouse  for  the  judicial
district of Litchfield;
    (6)  If  brought  to  the judicial district of
Middlesex, to the court at Middletown;
    (7)  If  brought  to  the judicial district of
New Britain,  to  the  court  at  New  Britain  or
Bristol as the plaintiff elects;
    (8)  If  brought  to  the judicial district of
New Haven, to the court at New Haven or Meriden as
the plaintiff elects;
    (9)  If  brought  to  the judicial district of
New London, to the court at New London or  Norwich
as the plaintiff elects;
    (10)  If  brought  to the judicial district of
Stamford-Norwalk, to the court at Stamford;
    (11)  If  brought  to the judicial district of
Tolland, to the court at Rockville;
    (12)  If  brought  to the judicial district of
Waterbury, to the court at Waterbury;
    (13)  If  brought  to the judicial district of
Windham, to the court at Putnam or Willimantic  as
the plaintiff elects.
    (b)  SMALL  CLAIMS   MATTERS   SHALL  BE  MADE
RETURNABLE   TO  THE   SUPERIOR   COURT   FACILITY
DESIGNATED BY THE  CHIEF  COURT  ADMINISTRATOR  TO
HANDLE SMALL CLAIMS  MATTERS,  EXCEPT  THAT  SMALL
CLAIMS  HOUSING MATTERS,  AS  DEFINED  IN  SECTION
47a-68,  SHALL  BE  ASSIGNED  IN  ACCORDANCE  WITH
SECTION 47a-70, WHERE APPLICABLE.
    [(b)]  (c)  Cases  brought  or  taken  to  any
location of the Superior Court may be assigned for
trial  at such location or at any other authorized
court location within the judicial district.
    Sec.   13.   Section  51-347  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  [Any]  EXCEPT  AS  PROVIDED IN SUBSECTION
(b) OF THIS SECTION,  ANY  writ  returnable  to  a
judicial  district  and  any  motion,  pleading or
appearance shall be filed with the  clerk  of  the
judicial  district to which the writ is returnable
as follows:
    (1)   At   the  courthouse  for  the  judicial
district of Ansonia-Milford if returnable  to  the
judicial district of Ansonia-Milford at Ansonia or
Milford;
    (2)  At  Danbury if returnable to the judicial
district of Danbury;
    (3)   At   Bridgeport  if  returnable  to  the
judicial district of Fairfield;
    (4)  (A)  At  Hartford  if  returnable  to the
judicial  district  of  Hartford-New  Britain   at
Hartford,  (B) at New Britain if returnable to the
judicial district of Hartford-New Britain  at  New
Britain or Bristol;
    (5)   At   the  courthouse  for  the  judicial
district  of  Litchfield  if  returnable  to   the
judicial district of Litchfield;
    (6)   At   Middletown  if  returnable  to  the
judicial district of Middlesex;
    (7)  (A)  At  New  Haven  if returnable to the
judicial district of New Haven at New  Haven,  (B)
at  Meriden if returnable to the judicial district
of New Haven at Meriden;
    (8)  (A)  At  New  London if returnable to the
judicial district of New London at New London, (B)
at  Norwich if returnable to the judicial district
of New London at Norwich;
    (9)  At Stamford if returnable to the judicial
district of Stamford-Norwalk;
    (10)   At   Rockville  if  returnable  to  the
judicial district of Tolland;
    (11)   At   Waterbury  if  returnable  to  the
judicial district of Waterbury;
    (12)  At  Putnam if returnable to the judicial
district of Windham at Putnam or Willimantic.
    (b) SMALL CLAIMS MATTERS WRITS AND ANY MOTION,
APPEARANCE, PLEADING OR  OTHER  DOCUMENT  SHALL BE
FILED WITH THE  CLERK  AT  THE COURT TO WHICH THEY
ARE RETURNABLE.
    Sec.   14.   Section  51-347  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  [Any]  EXCEPT  AS  PROVIDED IN SUBSECTION
(b) OF THIS SECTION,  ANY  writ  returnable  to  a
judicial  district  and  any  motion,  pleading or
appearance shall be filed with the  clerk  of  the
judicial  district to which the writ is returnable
as follows:
    (1)   At   the  courthouse  for  the  judicial
district of Ansonia-Milford if returnable  to  the
judicial district of Ansonia-Milford at Ansonia or
Milford;
    (2)  At  Danbury if returnable to the judicial
district of Danbury;
    (3)   At   Bridgeport  if  returnable  to  the
judicial district of Fairfield;
    (4)  At Hartford if returnable to the judicial
district of Hartford;
    (5)   At   the  courthouse  for  the  judicial
district  of  Litchfield  if  returnable  to   the
judicial district of Litchfield;
    (6)   At   Middletown  if  returnable  to  the
judicial district of Middlesex;
    (7)  At  New  Britain  if  returnable  to  the
judicial district of New Britain at New Britain or
Bristol;
    (8)  (A)  At  New  Haven  if returnable to the
judicial district of New Haven at New  Haven,  (B)
at  Meriden if returnable to the judicial district
of New Haven at Meriden;
    (9)  (A)  At  New  London if returnable to the
judicial district of New London at New London, (B)
at  Norwich if returnable to the judicial district
of New London at Norwich;
    (10)   At   Stamford   if  returnable  to  the
judicial district of Stamford-Norwalk;
    (11)   At   Rockville  if  returnable  to  the
judicial district of Tolland;
    (12)   At   Waterbury  if  returnable  to  the
judicial district of Waterbury;
    (13)  At  Putnam if returnable to the judicial
district of Windham at Putnam or Willimantic.
    (b) SMALL CLAIMS MATTERS WRITS AND ANY MOTION,
APPEARANCE, PLEADING OR  OTHER  DOCUMENT  SHALL BE
FILED WITH THE  CLERK  AT  THE COURT TO WHICH THEY
ARE RETURNABLE.
    Sec.   15.   Section  51-348  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  The  geographical  areas  of the Court of
Common  Pleas  established  pursuant  to   section
51-156a,   revised   to   1975,   shall   be   the
geographical areas of the Superior Court  on  July
1,  1978.  The  Chief  Court  Administrator, after
consultation  with  the  judges  of  the  Superior
Court,  may alter the boundary of any geographical
area  to  provide  for  a  new  geographical  area
provided that each geographical area so altered or
so  authorized  shall  remain  solely  within  the
boundary of a single judicial district.
    (b)  Such  geographical  areas shall serve for
purposes of establishing venue for  the  following
matters:  (1)  The  presentment  of  defendants in
motor vehicle  matters;  (2)  the  arraignment  of
defendants  in criminal matters; (3) [small claims
matters;  (4)]  housing  matters  as  defined   in
section  47a-68,  except  that (A) in the judicial
districts  of  Hartford-New  Britain,  New  Haven,
Fairfield,  Waterbury  and Stamford-Norwalk, venue
shall be in the judicial district, and (B) in  the
judicial  district of Ansonia-Milford, venue shall
be  in  the  geographical  area  unless  (i)   the
plaintiff requests a change in venue to either the
judicial district of New  Haven  or  the  judicial
district  of  Waterbury,  or (ii) the premises are
located in the town of  Milford,  Orange  or  West
Haven,  in  which  case  venue  shall  be  in  the
judicial district of New  Haven;  [(5)]  (4)  such
other  matters as the judges of the Superior Court
may determine by rule.
    (c)  For  the prompt and proper administration
of judicial business, any matter and any trial can
be  heard  in  any  courthouse  within  a judicial
district, at the discretion  of  the  Chief  Court
Administrator,  if  the use of such courthouse for
such matter or trial is  convenient  to  litigants
and  their  counsel  and  is  a  practical  use of
judicial personnel and facilities, except juvenile
matters  may  be  heard  as  provided  in  section
46b-122.  Whenever  practicable  family  relations
matters   shall   be   heard  in  facilities  most
convenient to the litigants. Housing  matters,  as
defined  in  section  47a-68,  shall be heard on a
docket separate  from  other  matters  within  the
judicial  districts  of  Hartford-New Britain, New
Haven, Fairfield, Waterbury and  Stamford-Norwalk,
provided  in  the  judicial  district of Waterbury
such matters shall be heard by the judge  assigned
to  hear  housing matters in the judicial district
of New Haven, and  in  the  judicial  district  of
Stamford-Norwalk  such  matters  shall be heard by
the judge assigned to hear housing matters in  the
judicial district of Fairfield. The records, files
and other documents pertaining to housing  matters
shall  be  maintained  separate  from the records,
files and other documents of the court. Matters do
not  have  to  be heard in the facilities to which
the process is returned and the pleadings filed.
    Sec.   16.   Section  51-348  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)  The  geographical  areas  of the Court of
Common  Pleas  established  pursuant  to   section
51-156a,   revised   to   1975,   shall   be   the
geographical areas of the Superior Court  on  July
1,  1978.  The  Chief  Court  Administrator, after
consultation  with  the  judges  of  the  Superior
Court,  may alter the boundary of any geographical
area  to  provide  for  a  new  geographical  area
provided that each geographical area so altered or
so  authorized  shall  remain  solely  within  the
boundary of a single judicial district.
    (b)  Such  geographical  areas shall serve for
purposes of establishing venue for  the  following
matters:  (1)  The  presentment  of  defendants in
motor vehicle  matters;  (2)  the  arraignment  of
defendants  in criminal matters; (3) [small claims
matters;  (4)]  housing  matters  as  defined   in
section  47a-68,  except  that (A) in the judicial
districts of Hartford,  New  Britain,  New  Haven,
Fairfield,  Waterbury  and Stamford-Norwalk, venue
shall be in the judicial district, and (B) in  the
judicial  district of Ansonia-Milford, venue shall
be  in  the  geographical  area  unless  (i)   the
plaintiff requests a change in venue to either the
judicial district of New  Haven  or  the  judicial
district  of  Waterbury,  or (ii) the premises are
located in the town of  Milford,  Orange  or  West
Haven,  in  which  case  venue  shall  be  in  the
judicial district of New  Haven;  [(5)]  (4)  such
other  matters as the judges of the Superior Court
may determine by rule.
    (c)  For  the prompt and proper administration
of judicial business, any matter and any trial can
be  heard  in  any  courthouse  within  a judicial
district, at the discretion  of  the  Chief  Court
Administrator,  if  the use of such courthouse for
such matter or trial is  convenient  to  litigants
and  their  counsel  and  is  a  practical  use of
judicial personnel and facilities, except juvenile
matters  may  be  heard  as  provided  in  section
46b-122.  Whenever  practicable  family  relations
matters   shall   be   heard  in  facilities  most
convenient to the litigants. Housing  matters,  as
defined  in  section  47a-68,  shall be heard on a
docket separate  from  other  matters  within  the
judicial  districts  of Hartford, New Britain, New
Haven, Fairfield, Waterbury and  Stamford-Norwalk,
provided  in  the judicial district of New Britain
such matters shall be heard by the judge  assigned
to  hear  housing matters in the judicial district
of Hartford, in the judicial district of Waterbury
such  matters shall be heard by the judge assigned
to hear housing matters in the  judicial  district
of  New  Haven,  and  in  the judicial district of
Stamford-Norwalk such matters shall  be  heard  by
the  judge assigned to hear housing matters in the
judicial district of Fairfield. The records, files
and  other documents pertaining to housing matters
shall be maintained  separate  from  the  records,
files and other documents of the court. Matters do
not have to be heard in the  facilities  to  which
the process is returned and the pleadings filed.
    Sec.   17.   Section  51-349  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    Actions    shall   be   made   returnable   to
geographical areas as follows:
    [(1)   In   small   claims   matters,  in  the
geographical area where the plaintiff  resides  or
where  the  defendant resides or is doing business
or where the transaction or injury occurred;]
    [(2)]  (1)  In  landlord  and  tenant  matters
arising under chapter 830 or chapter 831,  in  the
geographical area where the premises are located;
    [(3)]  (2)  In summary process matters, in the
geographical area (A) where the defendant  resides
or where the leased premises or trailer is located
or (B) if the defendant is a corporation, where it
has  an office or place of business, or (C) if the
defendant is a  nonresident  where  the  plaintiff
resides or where the land lies;
    [(4)]  (3)  In  matters  regarding  state  and
local health and building code violations, in  the
geographical  area where the premises are located,
and
    [(5)]   (4)   In  any  other  matter  in  such
geographical area as is prescribed by statute.
    Sec.  18. This act shall take effect September
1, 1997, except that sections 1 to  8,  inclusive,
shall  take  effect  October 1, 1997, and sections
10, 12, 14 and 16 shall take effect  September  1,
1998.

Approved May 8, 1997