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Judicial Branch’s Public Access Task Force Schedules May 25 Meeting

The first meeting of the Connecticut Judicial Branch Public Access Task Force is scheduled for Thursday, May 25, 2006, at 1:30 p.m. in the Connecticut Supreme Court, located at 231 Capitol Ave., Hartford. The meeting is open, and cameras will be allowed.

Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice David M. Borden last week formed the task force, which includes judges, lawyers and journalists experienced in covering courts. Supreme Court Justice Richard N. Palmer will chair the task force.

“The mission of the task force is to make recommendations for the maximum degree of public access to the courts, consistent with the needs of the courts in discharging their core functions of adjudicating and managing cases,” Justice Borden said. “To that end, this task force is designed to foster constructive discussion and concrete solutions to matters of mutual concern for the courts, the media, the bar and the public. I am confident that the work of this task force will strengthen both the judicial system and the public’s confidence in it.”

Justice Borden will ask the task force to provide specific recommendations by mid-September.

Besides Justice Palmer, task force members include:

  • Chief Court Administrator William Lavery
  • Judge Trial Referee Aaron Ment
  • Appellate Court Judge Douglas Lavine
  • Judge Patrick Clifford, chief administrative judge for criminal matters
  • Judge Arthur Hiller, chief administrative judge for civil matters
  • Judge Julia DiCocco Dewey, chief administrative judge for family matters
  • Judge Barbara Quinn, chief administrative judge for juvenile matters
  • Judge Antonio Robaina, administrative judge, Windham Judicial District
  • Alaine Griffin, reporter, The Hartford Courant
  • Zach Lowe, reporter, The Advocate of Stamford
  • Heather Nann Collins, reporter, Journal Inquirer
  • Lisa Siegel, reporter, Connecticut Law Tribune
  • Patrick Sanders, Connecticut news editor, Associated Press
  • Ken Margolfo, assignment manager, Fox 61, WTIC-TV
  • Erin Cox, reporter, WTNH Television, News Channel 8
  • Attorney Alan Neigher of Byelas & Neigher, Westport
  • Attorney Aaron Bayer of Wiggin and Dana, Hartford.
For further information, please contact Rhonda Stearley-Hebert, manager of communications, 860-757-2270.

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