Testimony of Judge Barbara M. Quinn
March 27, 2009
6363, An Act Implementing the Governorís Budget Recommendations Concerning
General Government, Conservation, Development, Regulation, Protection,
Judicial and Corrections
My name is
Barbara Quinn and I am the Chief Court Administrator. I am submitting this
written testimony on behalf of the Judicial Branch.
16, 17 and 18 of this bill would implement the recommendation in the
Governorís budget to close the Bristol and Meriden courthouses effective
July 1st. The Judicial Branch did not have input into this proposal and we
do not support it. The people who use these courts will be inconvenienced,
and the courts that absorb the business will feel the impact.
Judicial Branchís goal is to keep business going in our current locations,
in order to best serve the people of our state. However, as staff and
budgetary constraints grow, we recognize that some adjustment may be
needed. We are currently undertaking a Branch-wide analysis of the use of
all of our facilities and are hopeful that we will be able to keep them all
open for some use.
addition, the proposal does not address what will happen to the two
buildings that currently house these courts. In the case of Meriden, the
Branch will own the building this fall pursuant to a lease-purchase
agreement that was entered into in 1989. In the case of Bristol, under the
terms of the lease with the City of Bristol there is a one-year notice
provision, so we will owe the city a yearís rent after notice is given.
for the opportunity to provide these written comments.