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General Assembly


Raised Bill No. 5472

February Session, 2018


LCO No. 2163



Referred to Committee on JUDICIARY


Introduced by:





Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2018) (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, a defendant in a criminal matter who is being held in pre-trial custody shall appear for hearings on motions by means of video conference from the correctional facility in which such defendant is being held, except that the defendant shall appear in-person in the court room for the purposes of hearings concerning arraignment and plea, pretrial release, every trial stage including voir dire examination, return of verdict and rendering of judgment and at sentencing.

(b) The Department of Correction and the Court Support Services Division of the Judicial Branch shall work jointly to establish, ensure and maintain secure and sufficient video conferencing capabilities between each correctional facility and courts serving each geographical area and judicial district.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

October 1, 2018

New section

Statement of Purpose:

To provide for video court appearances of a defendant in the custody of the Department of Correction, except in the case of arraignment, certain pretrial motions, jury impanelment, trial, judgment and sentencing.

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