Last updated: October 21, 2013
Bridgeport is the largest city in Connecticut and is known for its thriving art culture and colonial roots. Many of the city’s courthouses are located in the beautiful historic district. Aside from the Brien McMahon Federal Building, which only hears federal cases, the courthouses in Bridgeport house sessions of the superior court. In the Connecticut court system, superior courts are divided into judicial districts and geographical areas (GAs): the judicial district courts hear more serious criminal and civil cases as well as family court issues, while the GA courts handle minor criminal and civil cases, traffic violations and small claims. The probate and juvenile courts have their own locations in Bridgeport.
Below is a helpful guide for navigating the courthouses of Bridgeport. If you’re representing yourself in court or you’d like more information about the Connecticut courts, visit this self-help site hosted by the Connecticut Judicial Branch.
Note: This Courthouse houses Geographical Area 2 in the Connecticut Superior Court system. The GA courts hear minor criminal cases, traffic violations and small claims issues.
Parking: Parking for this location is limited.
Note: The Fairfield Judicial District Court hears major criminal, civil and family court issues not involving juveniles.
Note: This is facility is an extension of the Fairfield Judicial District Courthouse at 1061 Main Street.
Parking: Paid parking is available at the nearby Lafayette Parking Garage.
Note: This court handles probate issues such as wills and trusts and guardianship issues.
Note: The juvenile court mostly hears cases involving juvenile delinquency. The juvenile detention center is also located in this building.
Note: This building houses the Bridgeport branches of the U.S. District Court and the U.S Bankruptcy Court for the District of Connecticut. The District course hears cases arising under federal law, and the Bankruptcy court hears handles bankruptcy filings and cases out of Bridgeport.