The West Haven Probate Court has announced new hours of operation following the closures caused by the pandemic. To remain open 40 hours per week as required by state law, the court was open from 7:30-6, Monday-Thursday during the closure. The new hours are: 8-4:30, Monday-Wednesday; 8-6, Thursday; and 8-3 on Friday.
Judge Mark DeGennaro noted that even when City Hall reopens fully, the court has plans to continue many hearings, utilizing the remote access platform in order to accommodate peoples’ schedules as much as possible.
In order to continue with precautions, hearings will be spread out more to prevent the public from having to sit in waiting areas. Also, staff is working with the mayor’s office to reconfigure the courtroom so that parties will be able to socially distance, instead of sitting around a single table.
While DeGennaro and Head Clerk Maureen O’Connor noted the accomplishments the court was able to make during the restrictions imposed by a pandemic, they are looking forward to returning to a time when people will be allowed to come into City Hall, and staff can aid constituents in person.