The mission of the Connecticut Judicial Branch is to serve the interests of justice and the public by resolving matters brought before it in a fair, timely, efficient and open manner.
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Connecticut eLicense verification tool

   by Mazur, Catherine

 http://www.jud.state.ct.us/lawlib/LawLibNews/Posts/Post.aspx?Id=471

The Connecticut eLicense web portal is an online database that allows you to verify professional licenses issued by certain Connecticut state agencies: Department of Consumer Protection, Department of Public Health, Department of Agriculture, OEC Child Care & Youth Camp Licensing, and CAES Department of Entomology.

If you need guidance on how to use the portal, the Department of Consumer Protection has created step-by-step instructions, as well as a short video that shows you how to perform a lookup. They also offer a useful discussion on the Difference Between a License, Registration, and Permit.

And for more information on which state agency is (or isn't) responsible for a profession's licensing and regulation, see the DCP's comprehensive A-Z Information Index.



Law Library Research Guides: Civil Procedure

   by Booth, George

 http://www.jud.state.ct.us/lawlib/LawLibNews/Posts/Post.aspx?Id=378

The Judicial Branch law librarians author and update a number of research guides on various legal topics (family law, juvenile law, property law) in addition to the following selections on civil procedure and motion practice:

You can find more civil matters research guides along with our complete collection on our Research Guides webpage.


Family Forms Grouped by Case Type

   by Roy, Christopher

 http://www.jud.state.ct.us/lawlib/LawLibNews/Posts/Post.aspx?Id=339

Did you know that the Judicial Branch posts general filing instructions for some of the most common family law case types on its Forms page?

Brief instructions on the following topics are available by clicking on Family Forms Grouped by Case Type:

The instructions provide general information and are not intended to be comprehensive.

See Also: Guidelines on Common Civil Procedures (posted Nov. 16, 2016)


New Product from the Office of Legislative Research: the Issue Brief

   by Zigadto, Janet

 http://www.jud.state.ct.us/lawlib/LawLibNews/Posts/Post.aspx?Id=245

According to the OLR's Twitter feed:

"OLR is launching a new product - the Issue Brief! We'll be tweeting briefs all week to get you up-to-speed before session. Issue briefs are two-page reports that provide a brief overview of a topic to help users get up-to-speed on timely issues."

Some of the recently released Issue Briefs include:

State Budget Snapshot - 2016-R-0301 - This brief explains, among other things, what is driving spending growth, revenue trends and what is driving them, the outlook for the next biennium, and the spending cap.

Funding the State Employees Retirement System - 2016-R-0303 - This brief explains, among other things, how the pension fund is doing, how SERS is funded, why SERS is underfunded, and the legislature's role. (For more detailed information, see OLR Backgrounder: The State Employees Retirement System - 2016-R-0287.)

Recreational Marijuana - 2016-R-0305 - This brief explains current marijuana law in Connecticut, recent marijuana-related legislation, and elements of other states' marijuana legalization laws.

Daily Fantasy Sports - 2016-R-0312 - This brief explains what daily fantasy sports contests are, gives the Connecticut Attorney General's opinion on DFS legislation, and explains DFS laws in other states.

Taxing the Digital Economy - 2016-R-0290 - This brief explains, among other things, digital downloads and streaming services, cloud computing, the sharing economy, and e-commerce as well as how they are taxed.

CCJEF v. Rell Court Decision - 2016-R-0306 - This brief explains CCJEF v. Rell, the case in which the Superior Court found that the state has fallen short of meeting its constitutional obligation to provide an adequate education to public school students.



Guidelines on Common Civil Legal Procedures

   by Mazur, Catherine

 http://www.jud.state.ct.us/lawlib/LawLibNews/Posts/Post.aspx?Id=200

Did you know that the Judicial Branch has posted general instructions for some of the most common Civil court procedures on its Forms page?

Brief guidelines on the following topics are available by clicking on Civil Forms grouped by Subject:

In addition to providing an overview of the process, they also link to any applicable official forms.

The guidelines are not intended to be comprehensive, and are provided only as general information. When preparing any forms or documents to be filed in court, you should review the Connecticut Practice Book (a.k.a Court Rules), and you may also want to consider contacting an attorney with any legal questions.


Regulation-Making in Connecticut

   by Mazur, Catherine

 http://www.jud.state.ct.us/lawlib/LawLibNews/Posts/Post.aspx?Id=176

Curious about the regulatory process in Connecticut? The E-Regulations System, maintained by the Secretary of State's office, offers an overview of Regulation-Making in Connecticut:

Regulations are rules adopted by Connecticut state agencies and some boards and commissions. Regulations are adopted in Connecticut pursuant to the Uniform Administrative Procedure Act Chapter 54 of the General Statutes and the rules of the Legislative Regulation Review Committee (LRRC). Generally, a regulation must (1) be properly noticed, (2) have a public comment period, (3) be approved by the Attorney General as to legal sufficiency, (4) be approved by the LRRC, and (5) be filed in the Secretary of the State's office.
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Agencies may only adopt regulations that are authorized by Connecticut statute. Some agencies have very broad authority to adopt regulations, while other agencies have more limited authority that is often limited to a particular topic. With some exceptions, an agency’s regulation-making authority generally falls into two categories, mandatory and permissive. Mandatory regulations are those that an agency is required to write pursuant to a public act. Many agencies also have permissive regulatory authority, which means they have authority to write regulations on a particular topic, but are not required to do so.

There is also a Glossary of Terms and Acronyms and a helpful guide for users searching for regulations: How to Use this Site.


Connecticut's Elections and Security FAQ

   by Mazur, Catherine

 http://www.jud.state.ct.us/lawlib/LawLibNews/Posts/Post.aspx?Id=168

With the November election fast approaching, the Connecticut Secretary of State has posted a FAQ about Connecticut's Elections and Security. The FAQ addresses common voter concerns about the security of voter registrations and ballots, and includes hotline information to report Election Day problems.

The SOTS also has a Voter Information page, where they link to numerous fact sheets and voter resources. Connecticut residents can check their voter registration status, get information about voter registration procedure and eligibility, and register to vote online.

And if you're looking for more information about Connecticut election law, check out our Law about Election Law page.


Special Sessions and Diversionary Programs

   by Booth, George

 http://www.jud.state.ct.us/lawlib/LawLibNews/Posts/Post.aspx?Id=169

The Judicial Branch publishes a number of pamphlets describing the court's Special Sessions and Diversionary Programs:

Hartford Community Court Session
Domestic Violence Dockets
Drug Intervention Programs
Accelerated Rehabilitation
Supervised Diversionary Program
Alcohol Education Program
Drug Education and Community Service Program
Family Violence Education Program
Community Service Labor Program
School Violence Prevention Program
Suspended Prosecution for Illegal Sale, Delivery, or Transfer of Pistols or Revolvers
Treatment of Defendants who are Dependent on Drugs or Alcohol Instead of Prosecuting Them
Treatment of Convicted Defendants who are Dependent on Drugs or Alcohol Instead of Sending Them to Jail

See also the Law Libraries' Connecticut Law About Criminal Penalties webpage, and the Table on Fines and Penalties linked to therein.


The CT Fair Housing Center's Reasonable Accommodation Request Generator

   by Zigadto, Janet

 http://www.jud.state.ct.us/lawlib/LawLibNews/Posts/Post.aspx?Id=152

The Connecticut Fair Housing Center has just released a new tool to help residents with disabilities request reasonable accommodations or modifications from their landlords. It is a step-by-step letter generator. The letter can ask the landlord to change a rule or policy or ask permission to make a change to an apartment. Visit http://www.ctfairhousing.org/raletters for more information.



New Rule Effective January 1, 2017 - Minimum Continuing Legal Education

   by Booth, George

 http://www.jud.state.ct.us/lawlib/LawLibNews/Posts/Post.aspx?Id=143

The new Minimum Continuing Legal Education Rule (rule 2-27A) goes into effect on January 1st, 2017. The Judicial Branch has created an MCLE webpage with the text of the rule, frequently asked questions (FAQ), information on the Commission on Minimum Continuing Legal Education, and contact information for any further questions.


Consumer Complaints - CT.gov

   by Mazur, Catherine

 http://www.jud.state.ct.us/lawlib/LawLibNews/Posts/Post.aspx?Id=130

Several of Connecticut's state agencies assist Connecticut residents with resolving issues or disputes between consumers and the entities or businesses the agency regulates. CT.gov has a Consumer Complaints portal which directs the user to the appropriate agency to file their complaint.

Consumer Complaints Portal

In addition to providing complaint forms, many of the agencies also describe what type of assistance they can, and cannot, provide. For example, the Connecticut Department of Banking states:

Please note that the department's ability to take action with respect to a particular complaint is limited to situations where there is an apparent violation of those laws subject to its jurisdiction. In such cases, the department can pursue administrative remedies, injunctive relief through the office of the Attorney General or refer the matter for criminal prosecution.




Free Online Legal Advice - Connecticut Justice Online Anytime

   by Zigadto, Janet

 http://www.jud.state.ct.us/lawlib/LawLibNews/Posts/Post.aspx?Id=96

Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut has launched an online, free legal aid portal for low-income Connecticut residents to ask their civil legal questions and receive free, brief legal advice from Connecticut pro bono attorneys. Beginning August 22, 2016, Connecticut residents with access to the Internet will have the opportunity to login to "Connecticut Justice Online Anytime" to:

  • Register and create a user profile;
  • Ask a confidential civil legal question;
  • Receive free legal advice from a licensed Connecticut attorney via the confidential website

Visit https://ct.freelegalanswers.org/ for additional information.



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