2016 Connecticut General Statutes
Title 4 - Management of State Agencies
Chapter 54 - Uniform Administrative Procedure Act
Section 4-180 - Contested cases. Final decision. Application to court upon agency failure.
(a) Each agency shall proceed with reasonable dispatch to conclude any matter pending before it and, in all contested cases, shall render a final decision within ninety days following the close of evidence or the due date for the filing of briefs, whichever is later, in such proceedings.
(b) If any agency fails to comply with the provisions of subsection (a) of this section in any contested case, any party thereto may apply to the superior court for the judicial district of Hartford for an order requiring the agency to render a final decision forthwith. The court, after hearing, shall issue an appropriate order.
(c) A final decision in a contested case shall be in writing or orally stated on the record and, if adverse to a party, shall include the agency's findings of fact and conclusions of law necessary to its decision, including the specific provisions of the general statutes or of regulations adopted by the agency upon which the agency bases its decision. Findings of fact shall be based exclusively on the evidence in the record and on matters noticed. The agency shall state in the final decision the name of each party and the most recent mailing address, provided to the agency, of the party or his authorized representative. The final decision shall be delivered promptly to each party or his authorized representative, personally or by United States mail, certified or registered, postage prepaid, return receipt requested. The final decision shall be effective when personally delivered or mailed or on a later date specified by the agency.
(1971, P.A. 854, S. 15; P.A. 73-620, S. 17, 19; P.A. 75-529, S. 3, 4; P.A. 77-452, S. 46, 72; P.A. 78-280, S. 5, 127; P.A. 79-631, S. 23, 111; P.A. 88-230, S. 1, 12; 88-317, S. 17, 107; P.A. 90-98, S. 1, 2; P.A. 93-142, S. 4, 7, 8; P.A. 95-220, S. 4–6; P.A. 13-279, S. 2.)
History: P.A. 73-620 deleted detailed provisions for contents of final decision or order concerning findings of fact and conclusions of law; P.A. 75-529 added Subsecs. (a) and (b) and made former provisions Subsec. (c); P.A. 77-452 replaced court of common pleas with superior court, effective July 1, 1978; P.A. 78-280 replaced “Hartford county” with “the judicial district of Hartford-New Britain”; P.A. 79-631 made technical changes; P.A. 88-230 replaced “judicial district of Hartford-New Britain” with “judicial district of Hartford”, effective September 1, 1991; P.A. 88-317 amended Subsec. (a) by inserting “or the due date for the” and “, whichever is later”, amended Subsec. (b) by repealing provisions allowing any interested person to apply to superior court and repealing exception to requirement for court order if agency establishes to satisfaction of the court reasonable cause for failure to comply with Subsec. (a) and substantially amended Subsec. (c) re form, content, basis, delivery and effective date of final decisions in contested cases, effective July 1, 1989, and applicable to all agency proceedings commencing on or after that date; P.A. 90-98 changed the effective date of P.A. 88-230 from September 1, 1991, to September 1, 1993; P.A. 93-142 changed the effective date of P.A. 88-230 from September 1, 1993, to September 1, 1996, effective June 14, 1993; P.A. 95-220 changed the effective date of P.A. 88-230 from September 1, 1996, to September 1, 1998, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 13-279 amended Subsec. (c) by adding “, including the specific provisions of the general statutes or of regulations adopted by the agency upon which the agency bases its decision”.
Failure to comply with former section requirements in sending plaintiff notice of final decision did not render defendant's action void. 168 C. 94. Cited. 171 C. 691; 172 C. 263; 173 C. 462; 186 C. 153; 191 C. 173; Id., 384; 204 C. 60; 207 C. 683; 210 C. 597; 220 C. 86; 228 C. 651; 232 C. 57; 233 C. 296; 234 C. 312; 239 C. 32.
Cited. 1 CA 1; 2 CA 689; 9 CA 622.
Cited. 43 CS 340; Id., 386; Id., 457; 44 CS 90.
Cited. 205 C. 324. Oral decision of an agency discussed. 232 C. 181. Cited. 237 C. 209; 239 C. 437.
Cited. 37 CA 777.