Changes to Connecticut’s Civil Summons Form

Somebody or somebodies are hard at work at the Judicial Branch.

I’m pleased to report that logic and common sense are ruling the day.

A number of court forms have recently been updated and improved.

For starters, the civil summons form underwent a complete and much need makeover.

My favorite change is that this language was added to the form:

The following statement has been added: “The Return Date is not a hearing date.

You do not have to come to court on the Return Date unless you receive a separate notice telling you to come to court.”

I’ve come across numerous people who receive a civil summons and take the return date off from work thinking they have to be in court.

Little things make a big difference.

I credit Chief Justice Rogers for setting the tone that exactly these kinds of improvements can and do make a difference for all those involved with Connecticut’s courts.

Ryan McKeen is a trial attorney at Connecticut Trial Firm, LLC in Glastonbury, Connecticut. In 2016, he was honored by the CT Personal Injury Hall of Fame for securing one of the highest settlements in the state. He is a New Leader in the Law. ABA 100. Avvo 10. 40 under 40 for Hartford Business Journal. He has been quoted in Time Magazine, the New York Times, Hartford Courant, Wall Street Journal Law Blog and the Hartford Business Journal. He focuses his practice on Connecticut Personal Injury law. He loves what he does. Contact him or 860 471 8333

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