Conn. Chief Justice Says Layoff Notices Will Go Out Thursday

Connecticut Chief Justice Chase Rogers braced state Judicial Branch workers for layoffs, saying that "the budget cuts we face are simply too large" to avoid workforce reductions in the court system.

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  • KimPS

    I am reiterating what I said when this news first came to light several months ago. I have worked for the Judicial Branch for 16 years. They just finished cleaning up the mess from the Rowland layoffs, and now here we have another disastrous Malloy layoff. The reduction in staff has been ludicrous already. On a personal level, my office has been very short-staffed for the past two plus years. I cannot imagine what it is going to be like after these notices go out today. To say I am overwhelmed is an understatement. The problem has been that we have all been making it work with less employees so Judicial believes there is nothing wrong with that. When it began affecting my health, which it has as a result of under-staffing and increased work loads, I had already made the decision to move out of the state government sector. Now, this just reaffirms that I have made the right choice. Yes, I have been fortunate to have good medical benefits, but my doctor visits are only increasing with the workload and less time and people to do it. This all gets complicated when we are denied time off for said doctor appointments because there is not enough courtroom coverage. It has been a vicious cycle that is now going to be exacerbated. These are little inside issues no one sees. My health is not worth the sacrifice. It is a thankless job that frustrates the community because all they see is lack of help from a system that claims it is there to support the public. It has not been working, and it will work even less now. I am having a difficult time understanding how cuts can be made to such necessary services. There is obvious misappropriation going on that is well-hidden, and it is very sad that it affects so very many people so negatively.I enjoyed my job very much during the first 14 years I have been there, but over the past 24 months there has been a slow and steady decline in morale, and the integrity of work is beginning to suffer. I am jumping ship before it all goes down. It was nice while it lasted.One question I have is, where did this huge deficit come from all of a sudden?

  • One obvious solution

    Siconolfi is "Executive Director of Administrative Services".Carroll is "Chief Court Administrator". Is Siconolfi doing Carroll‘s job? Then get rid of one of them.

  • j bethea

    what about the millions we had to pay out for incompetent prosecutors. just recently 4 individuals was paid 16 million because of prosecutor misconduct. i could understand tough on crime, but when a prosecutor have to compromise evidence and his or her integrity on a case for, thats a case that dont need to consume the resources of our courts. prosecutors try theses cases because they can. those numbers cited by judge crater are appalling and sickening here is perspective regarding the crisis of the pending budget cuts to the judiciary branch. one obvious problem is self inflicted, a large number of cases are brought before the courts that have no merits. my case in particular. a lot of these cases undeserving of state resources are based on misconduct of some nature, and forwarded at the detriment of innocent. these individuals like myself will face the prospect of being wrongfully convicted. many of these individuals will take unnecessary plea deals, while the rest most likely will be incarcerated. hopefully by the grace of God the misconduct will surface, now we’ve come full circle and it’s time to pay the piper.in the past few years to States has paid out millions to individuals who been wrongly convicted. most disturbingly, because of these illicit activities by prosecutors and law enforcement, we are possibly paying the actual criminal. instead of throwing people under the bus, like they did with Mr Vance. we should be addressing one of the real problems. like the prosecutors who broke the law to convict an innocent person.the prosecutor’s discretion has become lacks in regards to their mutual dependent counterpart, law enforcement. the rubber stamp that they provide them is bogging up our court system and consuming massive resources. maybe there is the silver lining in the these budget cuts. this will require the prosecutor to exercise a little more scrutiny when responding to law enforcement complaints. I strongly suggest we look at the total pending caseloads across the state. a high percentage of these cases will be just like mine. cases that law enforcement actively pressure prosecutors to try. here’s the simple math, reduced caseloads save the state money, very simple. I’m being tried in the court of law by GA7 meriden, and their case soly consist of hearsay from bias police officers. one of the officers blatantly lied in his reports and the prosecutor is aware of the lies. these prosecutors has drag my case out for approaching two years. they withheld the fact their key eyewitness was made up by one of the officers who claimed to have personal knowledge. aside that the rest of their case is completely composed of he say -she say that don’t even rise to the level of hearsay. finally, states attorneys, prosecutors and law enforcement has a lot to answer too. regarding this serious issue in cuts to an important branch of our government.

  • Judge Crater

    Judicial Department-State of Connecticut-(insider information) The following positions could easily be eliminated, with a savings of approximately 21 million dollars. Many positions have been “created” for friends and family of upper management. The list here barely scratches the surface of the abuse, nepotism, and double dipping that goes on. There are many more positions that could be eliminated. For example, there is wife of a chief clerk who is paid as a research attorney, close to 150k a year. She shows Judges how to use their laptops, I kid you not. Isn‘t that why we have an IT dpt? Our department for years was run by one person, it now has a deputy director, 2 program managers, and 3 admin. assistants, there is no need for any of these positions. It‘s outrageous. (These figures are estimated on the low end, many make more than what is listed)-----------19 senior judges @ $50k per year (in addition to collecting their pension)= $950,000.0069 Judge Trial Referees @ $50k per year (already collecting pension) = $3,450,000.0043 deputy directors @$120,000.00 per year = $5,160,000.0057 deputy clerks @80,000 per year = $4,560,000.0070 program managers @ $100,000.00 per year = $7,000,000.00Total: $21,120,000.00These figures do not take into account monies spent for pension plans, medical, cars, ins. mileage, etc. A true detailed examination into this abuse would save our State at least 100 million dollars per year, but those in power refuse to truly do what is right, most likely because they themselves are raping the system. DEMAND ACTION!--Judge Crater

  • Bruce Matzkin

    Not even a symbolic gesture from the judiciary to forego their salary increases for a year or two? Save some jobs, programs... but according to the C.J., we will have a mass exodus from the bench and then have less-qualified judges filling the void and issuing lower quality decisions? Judicial pay increases having been the only policy the C.J., during her tenure, has gone on a public advocacy campaign to promote.

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