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
Banks v. Commissioner of Correction (First Concurrence)
Date: October 26, 2021
Docket Number: SC20222
Banks v. Commissioner of Correction (Second Concurrence)
Date: October 26, 2021
Docket Number: SC20222
Banks v. Commissioner of Correction
Date: October 26, 2021
Docket Number: SC20222
Bell v. Commissioner of Correction (First Concurrence)
Date: October 26, 2021
Docket Number: SC20223
Bell v. Commissioner of Correction (Second Concurrence)
Date: October 26, 2021
Docket Number: SC20223
Bell v. Commissioner of Correction
Date: October 26, 2021
Docket Number: SC20223
Markley v. State Elections Enforcement Commission
Date: October 26, 2021
Docket Number: SC20305
State v. Michael T. (Concurrence)
Date: October 19, 2021
Docket Number: SC20230
State v. Michael T.
Date: October 19, 2021
Docket Number: SC20230
State v. Michael T. (Concurrence)
Date: October 19, 2021
Docket Number: SC20230
State v. Michael T.  
Date: October 19, 2021
Docket Number: SC20230

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of three counts of first degree sexual assault and three counts of risk of injury to a child, holding that there was no error in the proceedings below. Specifically, the...

Oudheusden v. Oudheusden  
Date: October 19, 2021
Docket Number: SC20330

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the appellate court concluding that the trial court had abused its discretion in awarding Plaintiff $18,000 per month in permanent, nonmodifiable alimony, holding that the award co...

State v. Porfil
Date: October 19, 2021
Docket Number: SC20379
Hernandez v. Apple Auto Wholesalers of Waterbury, LLC  
Date: October 19, 2021
Docket Number: SC20481

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case coming to the Supreme Court on certification from a federal district court, the Court was asked to decide questions regarding Conn. Gen. Stat. 52-572g. The Court answered the questions as follows: (1) "the a...

State v. Pompei  
Date: October 19, 2021
Docket Number: SC20530

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of two counts of interfering with an officer, in violation of Conn. Gen. Stat. 53a-167a(a), holding that there was no error in the proceedings below. At issue on appeal...

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