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What is a return date?

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In every Connecticut civil case in Connecticut state practice, the plaintiff choses a return date.  The term return date is a common term in civil litigation practice in Connecticut. The term itself causes some confusion because it logically makes one think something must be "returned" somewhere on the return date. 

In fact, the return date is simply a date on which other dates operate of off.  For example, some things must happen before the return date, and other things must happen after the return date.

In a car crash case or a medical malpractice case for example, two things happen before the return date and two things happen after the return date.  

First, the two things that must happen before the return date are (1) the complaint must served upon the defendant, and (2) the complaint and the marshall's affidavit must be delivered "returned" to the court with the marshall's affidavit of service.  These things must both be accomplished on or before a specific date based upon the return date.  There is a specific rule for each task.  

Second, the two things that must happen after the return date are (1) the defendant must file their appearance, and (2) the defendant must file their answer.  Again, these two things must occur on or before a specific date based upon the return date.  For example, the rule presently requires the defendant to file their appearance form on or before two days after the return date.  

If you or anyone you know has been involved in a car accident in which you suffered a serious injury, or have suffered harm from medical malpractice and have questions then contact The Bartinik Law Firm, PC., 100 Fort Hill Road, Groton, Connecticut at 860-445-8521 or toll free at 888-717-4211.  

Peter J. Bartinik, Jr.
Civil Trial Attorney, Practicing Law in Connecticut

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