Hartford— State Representative Jason Perillo (R-113th) hailed the passage of H.B. 7001, which consolidates Connecticut’s Probate Court system, as a victory for Shelton residents. The bill, passed with Rep. Perillo’s support, retains a dedicated courthouse for the City of Shelton.
“It was nice to see that Connecticut legislators listened to the concerns of Shelton residents that I had brought forth during this deliberation,” said Rep. Perillo. “Since the concept of probate redistricting was put forth, we worked very hard with negotiators on both sides of the aisle to ensure that Shelton would retain a stand-alone district.” Perillo agreed that the court system needed consolidation and reorganization but it would have been a “disservice to a municipality of Shelton’s size to lump us in with other communities.”
Perillo stressed the importance of having a local probate court in Shelton. “Probate matters are very emotional and difficult for many families,” Perillo said. “Families encounter the probate court when a loved one has passed and in other very trying circumstances, thus it was essential to keep our court intact.”
Perillo thanked Shelton’s Judge of Probate, Fred Anthony, for his work toward keeping the probate court in Shelton. “Judge Anthony was absolutely integral to this process,” Perillo said. “Without him, we wouldn’t have accomplished this.”Anthony, the President Judge of the Connecticut Probate Assembly, served on the state’s Probate Redistricting Commission and was at the center of negotiations among the state’s judges to shrink the number of courts.
Judge Anthony was very frank about the court redistricting. “There was definitely a risk that Shelton would lose its court,” he said. “Representative Perillo, Senator Dan Debicella and I worked very well with judges and legislators to ensure that this wouldn’t happen while also ensuring the successful restructuring of the statewide system.”
Perillo added, “this is a great win for Shelton.”
H.B. 7001 passed the House of Representatives 134 to 7.