Business in Stamford Superior Court returned to normal, for the most part, on Tuesday after court was closed Monday due to a burst pipe.
Rhonda Stearley-Hebert, Program Manager of Communications for the Connecticut Judicial Branch, said that a pipe feeding a radiator on the 5th floor of the courthouse froze and then burst when the water thawed.
“We found out about the problem this morning,” she said Monday. “The decision was made to close the building to the public. Arraignments were done at the Stamford Police Department. It’s also important to note that there is a skeleton crew at the courthouse, and if someone must file something today, they can do so. Also, if someone had a court case scheduled for today, they can contact the clerk’s office for rescheduling info.”
On Monday, Stearley-Hebert said that a contractor was on site.
“There are two small leaks, one on the fourth floor and the other is on the fifth floor. A cleaning crew is coming in, and unless something else happens, we fully expect that the court will be open on Tuesday. We’ll also bring in an environmental firm to check on things,” she said.
On Tuesday, Stearley-Hebert said that all public areas of court were open, except for the Law Library, which was expected to open Wednesday, and Courtroom 4A, which was scheduled to open later in the week.
“Offices and conference rooms on the third, fourth and fifth floors have varying degrees of damage and could take longer to repair – up to two weeks,” she said. “Criminal cases will get new dates and notices will be sent, or parties can call the clerk’s office.”
Civil and family cases will have to file a reclaim – those instructions are printed on the short calendars, she said. Citations have to be reissued, unless the court orders otherwise, which is also on the short calendar instructions, she said.