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
Schwerin v. Ratcliffe  
Date: October 20, 2020
Docket Numbers: SC20208, SC20209

Justia Opinion Summary: In this declaratory action concerning the per stirpes distribution of two family trusts the Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the trial court rendering summary judgment for Defendants, the trustees of the trusts and...

State v. Kosuda-Bigazzi (Concurrence)
Date: October 20, 2020
Docket Number: SC20341
State v. Kosuda-Bigazzi  
Date: October 20, 2020
Docket Number: SC20341

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court denying Defendant's motion to dismiss the murder and tampering with physical evidence charges against her, holding that the trial court did not abuse its discretion...

State v. Rhodes (Concurrence)
Date: October 13, 2020
Docket Number: SC20070
State v. Rhodes (Concurrence and Dissent)
Date: October 13, 2020
Docket Number: SC20070
State v. Rhodes  
Date: October 13, 2020
Docket Number: SC20070

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the trial court's judgment convicting Defendant's criminal possession of a firearm and having a weapon in a motor vehicle, holding that there was sufficient evidence to support the convictions....

State v. Smith (2 Order on Petition)  
Date: August 11, 2020
Docket Number: SC19048

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed this petition for certification to appeal from an order of the Appellate Court affirming the order of the trial court denying Defendant's motion for bond modification, holding that three relat...

State v. Covington  
Date: July 28, 2020
Docket Number: SC20198

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the Appellate Court affirming Defendant's conviction for carrying a pistol or revolver without a permit, in violation of Conn. Gen. Stat. 29-35(a), holding that there was suffic...

Reserve Realty, LLC v. Windemere Reserve, LLC  
Date: July 21, 2020
Docket Numbers: SC19979, SC19982, SC19981

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgments of the Appellate Court determining that it was required to apply State v. Hossan-Maxwell, Inc., 436 A.2d 284 (Conn. 1980), to this case, holding that Hossan-Maxwell, Inc. is overr...

Johnson v. Preleski (Dissent)
Date: July 14, 2020
Docket Number: SC20104
Johnson v. Preleski  
Date: July 14, 2020
Docket Number: SC20104

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the Appellate Court affirming the trial court's dismissal of Petitioner's petition for a new trial brought against Respondent, the state's attorney, as time barred, holding that...

Jemiola v. Hartford Casualty Insurance Co.  
Date: July 7, 2020
Docket Number: SC19978

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the determination of the trial court that the collapse provisions of Insured's homeowners insurance policy unambiguously foreclosed coverage under the circumstances of this case, holding that t...

Karas v. Liberty Insurance Corp.  
Date: July 7, 2020
Docket Number: SC20149

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reformulated a certified question concerning the application of Connecticut insurance law in this action to recover damages for, among other things, breach of an insurance contract, concluding that the...

Vera v. Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Co.  
Date: July 7, 2020
Docket Number: SC20178

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court answered certified questions concerning the application of Connecticut insurance law in this action to recover damages for, among other things, breach of an insurance contract, concluding that the defin...

Diaz v. Commissioner of Correction  
Date: April 7, 2020
Docket Number: SC20233

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the Appellate Court affirming the judgment of the habeas court denying Petitioner's amended petition for a writ of habeas corpus, holding that the Appellate Court improperly rai...

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