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The Hartford Community Court opened in November 1998, as a pilot program. The court has since quickly moved past its pilot, experimental phase to become a permanent and valued unit in the state's judicial system. When the Hartford Community Court opened there were only two other community courts in the United States: the Midtown Community Court in New York City, which in important respects was a model for the Hartford court, and a community court in Portland, Oregon. The community court concept is spreading and there are now such courts in fifteen United States cities, including a limited version community court in Waterbury, Connecticut that opened in October, 2000. In the future, it seems quite possible that most big cities in the United States and many smaller cities will have one or more community courts.
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