Substitute for Raised H.B. No. 5365
Session Year 2012


AN ACT CONCERNING COURT OPERATIONS AND VICTIM SERVICES.

To make statutory changes necessitated by the expansion of the judicial performance evaluation program to Judge Trial Referees; allow the Judicial Marshal Academy to provide training to a broader range of security training; provide an enforcement mechanism for the payment of certain fees; clarify that twenty-five per cent of the fine imposed for a cell phone violation is distributed to municipalities; make revisions to various summary process-related statutes; authorize clerks to give notice of court orders and decrees by computer, facsimile or other technology; include trustees appointed by the court within the definition of "state officers and employees" for purposes of representation and indemnification; authorize prosecutors and defendants to reach agreement as to amounts to be paid for infractions and violations and process such payments as "bond forfeitures"; eliminate obsolete references to the Community Court "pilot program"; make minor changes to Supreme Court's procedures; add state identification card holders to the jury pool; conform the provisions regarding dismissal of alternate jurors in civil cases to that in criminal cases; allow any proper amendment upon payment of taxable costs; clarify the application of certain statutes to persons convicted of a motor vehicle violation for which a sentence of at least one year imprisonment may be imposed; add the pretrial supervisory diversionary program for persons with psychiatric disabilities to the bail bond termination statute; require that a motion be filed in order for a nolle to enter when a case has been continued at the request of the prosecutor for thirteen months; add a reference to the municipal fee to enable the Judicial Branch to process that fee uniformly; make technical corrections to the Office of Victim Services' powers and duties; revise victim compensation provisions to include situations where disclosures of sexual assault or risk of injury are made to individuals, but no police report is made; eliminate the $100 deductible on victim compensation; clarify that Office of Victim Services is entitled to recoupment of certain funds paid when the victim subsequently receives compensation from another source for the same incident; clarify the Connecticut courts can enter dissolutions of civil unions that have been entered in other states; to specify persons who may access the information contained in alternative sentencing plans or community release plans; to clarify the functions performed by intake, assessment and referral specialists employed by the Judicial Branch; and repeal obsolete sections pertaining to Messengers of the Supreme and Appellate Court and the pleading of demurrers.