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Consumer Legal Services, LLC BLOG

Bail and the purpose of Bail 1. What is Bail? Bail is the bond amount set by Police, Bail Staff or Judges to make sure that a person goes to court or returns to court if they are released after they have been arrested.2. When is Bail set? Police set a Bail amount at the...
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Contacting / Meeting with My Probation Officer 1. I was just released from prison, what is the first thing I should do? Your probation begins the day you are released from prison and you are expected to immediately contact Adult Probation. 2. What are the rules for reporting to my Probation Officer? You must report...
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Jury trials will resume effective June 1, 2021.  If you have received a juror summons to report on or after June 1st, please respond to the notice.  No person is permitted to enter a Judicial Branch courthouse or facility without covering his/her mouth and nose with a mask or cloth face-covering.  STATEMENT FROM CHIEF COURT...
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Note: These lists are not ALL of the rights and responsibilities of landlord and tenant. 1. What are some rights and responsibilities of the landlord and tenant? Tenant’s responsibilities/Landlord’s rights: Pay the rent on time. Must be paid by midnight on the ninth day after the day it is due, or the landlord may start...
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Judge Swift has been praised as one of the greatest early American jurists by Wesley W. Horton in his book, The Connecticut State Constitution. Swift studied at Yale before entering the practice of law, and represented the town of Windham in the General Assembly of Connecticut. He was elected to the U.S. Congress where he...
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In 1961, Estelle Griswold and C. Lee Buxton, directors of a Planned Parenthood Center, operated a clinic in New Haven to provide contraceptive counseling and materials to married couples. They were arrested, as accessories, for violating a state statute which made it a crime to use devices or materials to prevent conception. After a trial,...
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In the 1963 case of Gideon v. Wainwright, the United States Supreme Court held that an indigent defendant in a state felony trial has a constitutional right to state-appointed counsel. In reaching this decision, the Gideon Court wrote: The right of one charged with crime to counsel may not be deemed fundamental and essential to...
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The “Hat City” of Danbury made news in 1902 when hat manufacturer, Dietrich Loewe, refused to recognize the hatters’ union. Most of his employees went on strike, lured by the promise of higher union wages. Loewe resumed work with a scab crew, and the striking workers organized a boycott. The boycott was carried to other...
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The “Code of 1650” is the first codification of Connecticut laws. Compiled by Roger Ludlow, the Code begins with a bill of rights “…that no mans life shall be taken away, no mans honor or good name shall bee stained, no mans person shall be arrested, …unless it bee by the vertue or equity of...
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