Connecticut Supreme Court Decisions

Founded in 1784, the Connecticut Supreme Court consists of a Chief Justice and six Associate Justices. It convenes in eight two-week sessions between September and June. The Court receives its authority from Article V and Amendment Article XX of the Connecticut Constitution, which also provide the rules that govern its procedures. A constitutional amendment is required to make significant changes to the Court.

The Connecticut Supreme Court often hears cases as a panel of five justices, although sometimes all seven justices will hear a case, which is known as en banc review. While most of the cases that it hears originate in superior court, the Court usually will not hear an appeal until an intermediate appellate court has reviewed the case. However, there are exceptions for cases involving a conviction of a crime that carries a death sentence and for cases challenging the validity of a state law or part of the state constitution.

To be eligible to serve on the Connecticut Supreme Court, a candidate must be no older than 70 at the time of their appointment, a resident of Connecticut, and licensed to practice law in Connecticut. When a new justice needs to be appointed, the judicial selection commission will send a list of candidates to the Governor of Connecticut. After the Governor chooses a nominee, the General Assembly will decide whether to confirm them. Each justice serves an eight-year term, after which they must be re-nominated and re-confirmed to be retained. This involves appearing at a hearing before the senate judiciary committee, which will make a recommendation to the General Assembly on whether to re-confirm the justice. The Chief Justice may be selected according to the same process, or the Governor may nominate a current Associate Justice to serve as the Chief Justice. If this happens, the justice will serve only the remainder of their current eight-year term as the Chief Justice. A justice must retire from actively serving on the Court when they turn 70.

Browse Opinions From the Connecticut Supreme Court

Recent Decisions From the Connecticut Supreme Court
State v. Ares  
Date: November 22, 2022
Docket Number: SC20367

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part Defendant's conviction for one count of arson in the first degree, eight counts of reckless endangerment in the first degree, and four counts of risk of injury to a…

Adams v. Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co.  
Date: November 22, 2022
Docket Number: SC20505

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court granting Defendant's motion to dismiss the product liability claim against it, holding that the trial court did not err in concluding that personal jurisdiction…

State v. Washington  
Date: November 15, 2022
Docket Number: SC20495

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of intentional manslaughter in the first degree with a firearm, criminal possession of a pistol or revolver, and carrying a pistol or revolver without a permit, holding…

State v. Ortega  
Date: November 8, 2022
Docket Number: SC20235

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of sexual assault in the first degree and other crimes, holding that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in admitting into evidence…

State v. Johnson  
Date: October 25, 2022
Docket Number: SC20437

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of two counts each of sexual assault in the first degree and unlawful restraint in the first degree and one count of assault in the second…

State v. Lori T.  
Date: October 18, 2022
Docket Number: SC20520

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the appellate court affirming Defendant's conviction of three counts of custodial interference in the second degree, holding that Conn. Gen. Stat. 53a-98(a)(3) is not…

Seramonte Associates, LLC v. Hamden (Concurrence)
Date: October 18, 2022
Docket Number: SC20571
Seramonte Associates, LLC v. Town of Hamden  
Date: October 18, 2022
Docket Number: SC20571

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the appellate court affirming the judgment of the trial court in favor of the town of Hamden in this tax dispute, holding that the appellate court correctly determined that the…

Dowling v. Heirs of Bond  
Date: October 18, 2022
Docket Number: SC20665

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court concluding that Plaintiff had failed to establish ownership of a disputed parcel of property by adverse possession but reversed the trial court's determination…

State v. Graham (Concurrence)
Date: October 4, 2022
Docket Number: SC20447
State v. Graham  
Date: October 4, 2022
Docket Number: SC20447

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction, rendered after a jury trial, of one count each of felony murder, conspiracy to commit robbery in the first degree, and carrying a pistol without a permit, holding that…

Boria v. Commissioner of Correction (Concurrence)
Date: October 4, 2022
Docket Number: SC20459
Boria v. Commissioner of Correction  
Date: October 4, 2022
Docket Number: SC20459

Justia Opinion Summary: In this companion case to Brown v. Commissioner of Correction, __ A.3d __ (2022), which the Court also decided today, the Supreme Court reversed the decision of the appellate court affirming the judgment of the habeas…

Brown v. Commissioner of Correction (Concurrence)
Date: October 4, 2022
Docket Number: SC20474
Brown v. Commissioner of Correction  
Date: October 4, 2022
Docket Number: SC20474

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the appellate court dismissing Petitioner's appeal from the judgment of the superior court dismissing Petitioner's petition for a writ of habeas corpus, holding that Practice…

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