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Connecticut Chief Court Administrator
Chief Court Administrator
Connecticut has some of the oldest court records in America, dating back to 1637. Historical records from the old general, particular, assistants, and county courts are held at the Connecticut State Library, including records of the superior courts through the mid-20th century. Today’s court system is comprised of the Supreme Court, Appellate Court, 15 superior courts and probate courts, with the Chief Court Administrator responsible for all. Modern court cases records are available from the clerk of court.
Connecticut Court Record Availability
Small claims matters may be searched at the Centralized Small Claims Office at 80 Washington Street, Hartford, CT 06106. This court holds all small claims cases since May 2006, plus all of Manchester's small claims cases. Older files are searched locally.
Access to Connecticut Court Records
Maintained by the Chief Court Administrator, the online search system “Case Look-up” provides information about civil, family, criminal, motor vehicle, housing, and small claims cases. The Supreme Court and Appellate Court have information for cases, dockets, and opinions filed after 1991. For criminal and motor vehicle cases, conviction information is available for 10 years (at most). The civil records search will identify suits filed by individuals or corporations including product liability suits, civil rights violations, and judgments.
Connecticut criminal and civil case online searching by “Case Look-up” is free, as are the docket and opinion searches on the Supreme Court and Appellate Court websites.
Information online through the Connecticut Judicial system is purged after ten years (or one year if withdrawn/dismissed). Independent online companies maintain all Connecticut records for a fee.