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Martin M Looney

4 courthouses to close because of budget cuts; cases to move

At least four state courthouses are expected to close by the end of the year because of a $77 million net reduction to the Judicial Branch budget imposed by Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and state lawmakers, judicial officials said Tuesday.

Judge Patrick L. Carroll III, the chief court administrator, announced what he called the first round of courthouse closings.

"It is unfortunate that these courthouse closings must occur," Carroll said in a statement. "They will be disruptive and will impact many people."

The four courthouses scheduled to close are Superior Court in Willimantic and juvenile courts in Danbury, Torrington and Stamford. Cases...