Statewide Bar Counsel
What is attorney registration?
The attorney registration process is governed by
Section 2-27(d) of the Connecticut Practice Book and occurs each year from the beginning of January until the beginning of March. The registration requirement applies to:
- all Connecticut attorneys except those who are deceased, disbarred, resigned or on inactive (disability) status;
- pro hac vice attorneys; and
- authorized house counsel.
The registration process collects information about the attorney, including office and home addresses and trust account identification information.
2. How do I register?
The overwhelming number of attorneys and authorized house counsel register online through Judicial Branch E-Services. An attorney must be enrolled into E-Services before using the system to register online. Pro hac vice attorneys are not given access to E-Services; they register by paper form. Attorneys located in foreign countries, including U.S. territories, are also prohibited from using E-Services; they
also register by paper form.
3. I enrolled into E-Services. Is this the same as registering?
No. Enrollment in E-Services does not constitute compliance with registration. They are separate processes. An attorney must be enrolled into E-Services to use the system to register online. Changes to E-Services enrollment information do not change registration information, which must be done separately.
4. Is the information I register public?
All information obtained from the registration process is public except for the registration form itself (including the online form), the change of information form, trust account identification information, home address information and the attorneyís date of birth.
In 2012, we will also collect business telephone
numbers and e-mail addresses. The phone number will
be public information. The e-mail address will be
5. How do I change my registered information after the annual registration concludes?
An attorney may change registered information in one of two ways. The preferred method is to log into
E-Services and choose Change of Information. Make the changes on the electronic form that appears and submit it.
The other way is to select the paper
Change of Information
Form JD-GC-10. Fill out the form and mail it to the Statewide Bar Counselís office. If you are changing your name, you must use the paper form and provide proof of the name change with your filing. The proof can be in the form of a government issued
I.D., marriage certificate or court order.
Please note that the principal of a firm must change the address associated with the firmís juris number using
Form JD-ES-145, Law Firm Juris Number Application or Changes.
6. How do I get exempted from having to register through E-Services?
Attorneys may request an exclusion from E-Services through
Form JD-CL-92. Please note that exemption from online registration is not the same as being exempt from registering, only that the attorney does not
have to register online. Exempt attorneys will register on the paper form.
Attorneys who are not exempted from mandatory electronic registration will receive a paper notice and email reminder from the Judicial Branch when it is time for the annual registration.
7. I changed my address through registration. Does this automatically update the Department of Revenue Services for purposes of my attorney occupational tax invoice?
No. After you change your contact information with the Statewide Grievance Committee, you should immediately write to the Department of Revenue Services and inform DRS of your changes. The Judicial Branchís registration database does not automatically update DRS. Information about the occupational tax.
8. What happens if I do not register?
Attorneys who do not register are not considered in good standing as that term is defined by
Section 2-65 of the Connecticut Practice Book. An attorney who has not registered is not eligible to receive a certificate of good standing. The failure to register is also considered misconduct. See
Section2-27(f) of the Connecticut Practice Book.
9. How much does registration cost?
There is no cost to register. Be advised, however, that attorneys, authorized house counsel and pro hac vice attorneys may owe other fees and taxes during the year, including the attorney occupational tax and the Client Security Fund fee. The Attorney Occupational Tax is paid between late December and mid January and is administered by the
Department of Revenue Services.
Client Security Fund fee is collected between mid-May and mid-June. The
Office of the Client Security Fund has more information.
10. Iím working or living in a foreign country, including U.S. territories. How come I cannot access E-Services to register online?
Attorneys in foreign countries, including U.S. territories, are not allowed access to E-Services for security reasons. These attorneys register by paper form.
11. Where do I pay the Attorney Occupational Tax?
The occupational tax is collected by the Executive Branch of government through its Department of Revenue Services. Neither the Judicial Branch nor the Statewide Grievance Committee has any role in the collection of the tax. If you have questions or concerns about the attorney occupational tax, you should contact the Occupational Tax Department of the Department of Revenue Services at 860-297-5962.
More information about the attorney occupational tax.
12. If I am retired from the practice of law, do I have to register?
Yes. Attorneys can elect retirement status pursuant to
Section 2-55 of the Connecticut Practice Book. Retirement does not constitute removal from the bar or the roll of attorneys. Retirement is not permanent and can be revoked at any time.
Section 2-27 of the Connecticut Practice Book does not exempt retired attorneys from the registration requirement. There are no fees involved with the registration process,
the only requirement is that you register annually, and notify the Statewide Grievance Committee of any changes pertinent to registration.
13. When I try to register, I am asked to complete a pro bono survey. Why is the Branch taking this survey?
The Judicial Branch is committed to pro bono service and strongly supports and encourages attorneys to lend their time and expertise to the cause of providing pro bono legal services.
In furtherance of this commitment, we ask that you tell us about the nature of your pro bono service during the past year. A short, voluntary and anonymous survey has been posted on the electronic annual attorney registration page in e-services. In order for the Judicial Branch to track the progress of pro bono service in Connecticut, we ask that you take a moment to respond to the survey.