A Year Without Jury Trials


After more than a year without jury trials in the state of Connecticut, lawyers and legal observers warn that the effects of the delay will far outlast the pandemic.  Already hundreds of defendants, convicted of no crime, have sat in pretrial detention for the past year – some held for bail amounts of as little as $1485 – as many others are released back into their communities to await trials that may not come for years. Witnesses have moved, memories have faded, and in some cases, victims of sexual assault share neighborhoods with their alleged perpetrators.  Criminal jury trials can