1. When would I need an Order of Notice by publication from the court?
If the person that you need to serve in your lawsuit lives outside of Connecticut but you do not know his or her address, or the person lives in Connecticut, but you do not know where he or she lives, you should make every effort to find out. If your efforts to find the person’s address fail, you will need permission from the court, called an Order of Notice, to publish notice of the lawsuit on the Legal Notices page of the Judicial Branch’s website.
3. How do I get an Order of Notice by publication from the court?
For a family case, fill out a Motion for Order of Notice in Family Cases (JD-FM-167) or a Motion for Additional Orders of Notice in Family Cases (JD-FM-169) if you already had an order from the court for some other kind of notice, but giving notice that way was unsuccessful.
For a civil case, fill out a Motion for Order of Notice, which may be a Motion for First Order of Notice – Foreclosure Action (JD-CV-86) or something you create yourself. For help, contact any Court Service Center or Law Library.
Give your motion to the clerk’s office in the court where the case is or will be filed, together with either the Order of Notice in Family Cases (JD-FM-168) or Order of Notice in your civil case, which may be First Order of Notice in Foreclosure Action (JD-CV-42), First Order of Notice Upon Attachment of Estate of Nonresident (JD-CV-58), or a motion you create yourself. For help, contact any Court Service Center or Law Library.
If the court agrees that an Order of Notice by publication is needed in your case, it will fill out the Order of Notice form and return it to you. However, if you filed a Motion for Additional Orders of Notice, that motion will be placed on the court calendar to be ruled on by a judge
4. What do I do when the court gives me my Order of Notice for publication?
Fill out a Cover Sheet for Order of Notice by Publication JD-CL-160 and e-mail it, in .pdf format, along with a scanned copy of your Order of Notice by publication to: LegalNotice@jud.ct.gov.
If you are representing yourself and do not have the ability to scan and e-mail your documents, please send your Cover Sheet for Order of Notice by Publication JD-CL-160 along with a copy of your Order of Notice by publication to:
225 Spring Street, 2nd Floor
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Attention: Legal Notice Publication
Important Note: Do NOT mail the original Order of Notice. You need to keep the original so that you can file it with the court after your notice has been published. Mail a copy of your Order of Notice.
It is important to submit the documents for publication in plenty of time for publication to occur by the date ordered by the court, and to fully and accurately complete the Cover Sheet.
If the documents are received after the date the court ordered publication to start, they will be sent back to you for you to get a new publication date from the court.
If you do not completely fill out the Cover Sheet it will be sent back to you to for you to complete it before the Order of Notice will be published.
5. Where can I see my notice during the publication period?
You can see your notice on the Judicial Branch website at http://civilinquiry.jud.ct.gov/LegalNoticeList.aspx for the entire publication period. Once the publication period has ended, you will no longer be able to see it.