The eviction process in Connecticut, officially called "Summary Process," is the judicial proceedings by which a landlord removes tenants and other occupants (collectively "occupants") from real estate, such as an apartment, or a single-family or multi-family house. The process generally starts by the landlord's attorney having a Notice to Quit Possession served on each of the occupants. The Notice to Quit Possession must contain specific information, including a date by which the occupants must vacate the premises. If the occupants do not vacate by that date, then the landlord's attorney drafts a Summons and Complaint, which are served on the occupants by the State Marshal and then filed with the court.
The occupants then have an opportunity to deny the landlord's allegations contained in the Complaint and claim any number of special defenses, which generally are claims that despite the landlord's allegations the occupants still have a legal right to remain in the premises.
Thereafter the court schedules a date when the parties must go to the courthouse, but before there is a formal trial the parties must meet with a Housing Specialist, who is a court employee trained in both housing matters and negotiations. If the parties cannot reach an agreement with the Housing Specialist, then a formal trial is scheduled.
If there is a judgment in favor of the landlord, whether by agreement or by a judge after trial, that judgment contains a date certain by which the occupants must vacate the premises. If the occupants do not vacate by that date, then the landlord obtains a form known as an Execution from the courthouse, delivers the Execution to the State Marshal, and hires the State Marshal to remove the occupants and their possessions from the premises.