(a) Notwithstanding the provisions of chapter 922a, the hearing and determination of small claims matters may be assigned to magistrates. Magistrates may handle all aspects of the small claims session including, but not limited to, the determination of all uncontested and contested matters, motions to open judgment, motions to transfer to the regular civil docket, and any motions concerning any postjudgment remedy resulting from a small claims judgment.
Terms Used In Connecticut General Statutes 51-193t
- Docket: A log containing brief entries of court proceedings.
- Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
- oath: shall include affirmations in cases where by law an affirmation may be used for an oath, and, in like cases, the word "swear" shall include the word "affirm". See Connecticut General Statutes 1-1
- Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
(b) A magistrate appointed to hear a small claims matter shall not be bound by the rules regarding the admissibility of evidence, but all testimony shall be given under oath or affirmation. Either party may be represented by counsel but no record of the proceedings before the magistrate shall be required to be kept.