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Russian Judges, Prosecutors, Defense Attorneys visit Connecticut

Nine Russian Judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys are visiting Connecticut this week, as part of the Connecticut-Pskov Rule of Law Project.

Their Connecticut hosts are the Hon. Barry R. Schaller of the Appellate Court and the Hon. Jonathan E. Silbert, Administrative Judge for the New Haven Judicial District.

The visit is part of the Library of Congress Open World Russian Leadership Program, which brings public policy decision-makers and leaders from the Russian Federation to the United States for short-term stays.

The Russian officials arrived Saturday, Oct. 12, and will leave on Saturday, Oct. 19. Throughout the week, they will see various aspects of the state's judicial system.

Group members will spend Tuesday, Oct. 15, at New Haven's Judicial District Courthouse, which is located at 235 Church St. There, they will view the jury orientation process, hear an overview of the jury summoning process, observe jury selection in a trial, and hear about plea bargaining from Superior Court Judge Roland Fasano, State's Attorney Michael Dearington, and Public Defender Thomas Ullman. They also will tour the Courthouse Library, lockup, Judges' Chambers, and Clerk's Office.

On Wednesday, Oct. 16, the Russian Judges will have "A Day in the Life of an American Judge..." with Judge Silbert and others. Similarly, the Russian prosecutors will spend the day with Assistant State's Attorney Kevin Lawlor and others; the defense lawyers will spend the day with Attorney William F. Dow III. In the afternoon, the groups will gather in the Lawyer's Lounge at the Church Street Courthouse to discuss the day's events. That evening, a reception at Quinnipiac Law School is scheduled, along with the Chamber Concert "Fidelio" in the Law School's Grand Courtroom.

Dr. Henry Lee of the Connecticut State Police Crime Lab will speak with the Russian officials on Thursday, Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the lab in Meriden. From there, the group will travel to Hartford, where they will have lunch with Chief Justice William A. Sullivan, Justices of the Supreme Court, and Judges of the Appellate Court. A guided tour of the State Capitol and the Supreme Court Chambers will follow; the group also is scheduled to visit the Hartford Judicial District Courthouse at 95 Washington St., if time permits.

On Friday, Oct. 18, the visitors will again watch court proceedings at the New Haven Judicial District Courthouse, located at 235 Church St., and also at the Geographical Area 23 Courthouse, located at 121 Elm St., and at the Federal District Court in New Haven.

For further information, or to arrange coverage/photographs, please contact Rhonda Stearley-Hebert, Manager of Communications, at 860-757-2270.


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