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
Bowens v. Commissioner of Correction (Concurrence and Dissent)
Date: October 22, 2019
Docket Number: SC20204
Bowens v. Commissioner of Correction  
Date: October 22, 2019
Docket Number: SC20204

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the habeas court denying Petitioner's second petition for a writ of habeas corpus challenging his 1998 murder conviction, holding that the habeas court properly denied the petit...

State v. Williams-Bey (Dissent)
Date: October 15, 2019
Docket Number: SC19954
State v. Williams-Bey  
Date: October 15, 2019
Docket Number: SC19954

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Appellate Court affirming the trial court's dismissal of Defendant's motion to correct an illegal sentence, holding that because Defendant is now eligible for parole under N...

State v. McCleese (Concurrence)
Date: October 15, 2019
Docket Number: SC20081
State v. McCleese (Dissent)
Date: October 15, 2019
Docket Number: SC20081
State v. McCleese  
Date: October 15, 2019
Docket Number: SC20081

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the appellate court affirming the judgment of the trial court denying Defendant's motion to correct an illegal sentence, holding that the legislature may and has remedied the co...

Griffin v. Commissioner of Correction
Date: October 15, 2019
Docket Number: SC20179
Griffin v. Commissioner of Correction  
Date: October 15, 2019
Docket Number: SC20179

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the habeas court rendering judgment against Petitioner, a juvenile offender, on his claim that the evolution of Connecticut's "standards of decency" regarding acceptable punishm...

R.T. Vanderbilt Co., Inc. v. Hartford Accident & Indemnity Co.  
Date: October 8, 2019
Docket Numbers: SC20000, SC20001, SC20003

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the appellate court affirming in part and reversing in part numerous interlocutory decisions made by the trial court in connection with the first and second phases of a trial be...

In re Taijha H.-B. (Concurrence)
Date: October 8, 2019
Docket Number: SC20151
In re Taijha H.-B.  
Date: October 8, 2019
Docket Number: SC20151

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that in case a case involving the termination of parental rights where an indigent parent has a constitutional right to appellate counsel, appointed counsel may not be permitted to withdraw without...

King v. Volvo Excavators AB  
Date: October 1, 2019
Docket Number: AC20097

Justia Opinion Summary: In this action to recover damages for personal injuries resulting from an allegedly defective product the Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the trial court granting summary judgment in favor of Defendants, holding t...

State v. Ayala (Dissent)
Date: September 24, 2019
Docket Number: SC19888
State v. Ayala  
Date: September 24, 2019
Docket Number: SC19888

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of murder and conspiracy to commit murder, holding that there was no error in the trial court's evidentiary rulings. On appeal, Defendant argued that the trial court err...

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