2011 Connecticut Code
Title 52 Civil Actions
Chapter 899 Evidence
Sec. 52-163. Judicial notice of special acts, regulations of state and municipal agencies and municipal ordinances.

      Sec. 52-163. Judicial notice of special acts, regulations of state and municipal agencies and municipal ordinances. The court shall take judicial notice of: (1) Private or special acts of this state, (2) regulations of any agency of this state, as defined in section 4-166, (3) ordinances of any town, city or borough of this state, and (4) regulations of any board, commission, council, committee or other agency of any town, city or borough of this state.

      (1949 Rev., S. 7886; 1967, P.A. 353; P.A. 90-19, S. 2.)

      History: 1967 act added municipal ordinances to purview of statute; P.A. 90-19 reorganized provisions, deleted provision re judicial notice of "printed books or pamphlets purporting on their face to be the session or other statutes of the several states and territories in the United States or of any foreign jurisdiction", added provision requiring judicial notice of regulations of any agency of this state and of any board, commission, council, committee or other agency of any town, city or borough of this state, and inserted Subdiv. indicators.

      Statutes not printed by public authority, no evidence. 2 R. 250; Id., 300. The construction given by the state where the statute was enacted will be followed by the courts of his state. 47 C. 599. Cited. 65 C. 214; 69 C. 390, 391; Id., 650; 73 C. 181; 79 C. 585; 88 C. 681; 93 C. 46; 114 C. 74; 142 C. 278. Applies to judge performing judicial function. 78 C. 2. Supreme court will notice foreign statute overlooked by trial judge. 81 C. 152, 164; 87 C. 251. But birth certificate properly authenticated under statute of state where issued is inadmissible here unless under great seal of foreign state, or under seal of foreign secretary of state attesting seal and official character of official signing. 99 C. 277. Court will not take judicial notice of orders of a city board of health even in a Connecticut city. 100 C. 102. This statute obviates necessity of specially pleading law of a foreign state. 103 C. 505; 106 C. 688. See note to section 52-164. Court does not take judicial notice of zoning regulations. 145 C. 735. Court need not take judicial notice of law of foreign jurisdiction under this section or section 51-32 or 52-164, unless authoritative sources of the foreign law, subject to inspection or verification by opposing counsel, are made available to the court by reference or otherwise, under the usual rules for judicial notice. 152 C. 475. Cited re town ordinances. 164 C. 175. Court need not take judicial notice of the law of a foreign jurisdiction unless authoritative sources of the foreign law are made available to the court. 165 C. 177. Cited. 211 C. 555.

      Cited. 2 CA 315. Statute permits courts to take judicial notice of municipal ordinances which include zoning regulations. 5 CA 455, 457. Cited. 13 CA 124. Scope of statute not extended to include rules and procedures of a local housing authority. 23 CA 366. Cited. 24 CA 49.

      Cited. 8 CS 257. Cited. 27 CS 514. Cited. 33 CS 562.

      Where law of New York applicable by stipulation of parties applied to case, and parties failed to establish what that law is, court will assume it is same as Connecticut law. 5 Conn. Cir. Ct. 629. Cited. 6 Conn. Cir. Ct. 539.

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