Chief Justice William J. Sullivan has appointed Superior
Court Judge Salvatore C. Agati as co-chair of the Judicial Branch's Office
of Victims Services' Advisory Council.
"I look forward to serving as co-chairperson on the OVS
Advisory Council," Judge Agati said. "I anticipate becoming aware of and
working on victims issues as they arise in the context of judicial
proceedings. My hope is that my exposure on the Advisory Council will prove
valuable to the Council, as well as to my colleagues on the bench."
Judge Agati was appointed to the bench in November 2000, and
he currently serves at the Geographical Area 2 Courthouse in Bridgeport.
Before that, he served at the Litchfield Judicial District Courthouse and
the Geographical Area Courthouse 18 in Bantam.
Attorney Michelle M. Duprey will serve as co-chair with
Judge Agati on the 15-member Advisory Council. Attorney Duprey's office is
in New Haven.
Under state law, the Council makes recommendations to OVS on
programs, legislation, and other matters that would improve services to
crime victims. Council members also make recommendations to develop and
coordinate needs assessments for both court-based and community-based victim
services. Not later than Dec. 15 of each year, the Council must report the
results of its findings and activities to the Chief Court Administrator.
The Office of Victim Services is charged with providing
staff services to the Advisory Council. The 2002-2006 Council term began on
Sept. 1, 2002, and Council members met on Sept. 17. Annually, the Council
must meet at least six times.
By statute, the Chief Justice appoints members of the
Advisory Council. Other members on the Council are: Attorney Joseph W.
Bibisi, Chief Victim Compensation Commissioner; Robert J. Bosco, Director of
the Judicial Branch's Strategic Management Unit; Larry Bostrom of the
Connecticut Alliance For Victims of Violence and Their Families; Chester
Brodnicki, Executive Director of Clifford Beers Clinic; Gail Burns-Smith,
Executive Director of the Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services; John
Duffey, Victim Services Unit, State Department of Correction; Steve Eppler-Epstein,
Deputy Director of Connecticut Legal Services; Carol Fenton of Family
Services Woodfield; Waterbury Police Chief Edward Flaherty of the
Connecticut Police Chiefs Association; Mary Galvin, State's Attorney for the
Ansonia-Milford Judicial District; Lisa Holden, Executive Director of the
Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence; Janice Heggie Margolis of
Mothers Against Drunk Driving; and Le Lien Smith, Project Coordinator for
the Connecticut Coalition of Mutual Assistance Associations.
For further information, please contact Rhonda Stearley-Hebert,
Manager of Communications, at (860) 757-2270.