The purpose of this web page is to
summarize those Judicial Branch policies designed to ensure ethical
conduct. While all state employees must comply with the Code of Ethics
for Public Officials and State Employees as identified in CGS Chapter
10, Part 1, Branch employees are affected as well by various
additional, often more stringent, requirements.
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1. Statutes and Public Acts
5. State Ethics Commission Opinions (State of Connecticut
Ethics Commission website)
- ADVISORY OPINION NO. 2004-14
(Amended) (Application of
Revolving Door Provision of the Code of Ethics for Public Officials to the Secretary of the Office of Policy and
- The opinion sets forth rules related to the
revolving door provisions, including restrictions on
activities while still a state employee and limitations on
ADVISORY OPINION NO. 2004-10
(Application of the Code’s
Charitable Event Gift Exception to the National Political
- The opinion notes various exceptions and
limitations to gift policy in connection with attendance at
charitable events in one’s official capacity.
- ADVISORY OPINION NO. 2004-08
(Application of the
Statement of Financial Interest Filing Requirement to
Individuals Who Temporarily Occupy a Designated Position)
Individuals who temporarily occupy a position
where the permanent incumbent is required to file an Annual
Statement of Financial Interests also must file an Annual
Statement of Financial Interests.
- ADVISIORY OPINION NO. 2004-05
(Application of Code for
Ethics for Public Officials to State Employee Running for
- The opinion discusses ethical issues related
to a state employee running for political office, including
the solicitation of donations by persons over whom the
candidate has some authority.
- ADVISORY OPINION NO. 2004-03
(Interpretation of Conn.
Gen. Stat. sec. 1-79 (e) (2)
In determining the meaning of the exception
for a gift of services by a person volunteering his/her
time, the Commission distinguishes between “true” volunteer
services and services donated to a public official. In the
latter category would be when a private employer continues
to pay an employee who “volunteers” his or her services to
the public official. The opinion further notes that
acceptance of volunteer services with a fair market value of
over $100 violates C.G.S. sec. 1-84 (c) if the services were
provided by virtue of the recipient’s public office.
- ADVISORY OPINION NO. 2004-02
(Application of Conn.
Gen. Stat. sec. 1-84 (m) and Related Gift Provisions of the
Code of Ethics for Public Officials)
- The ban on the receipt of gifts from any
person the official or employee knows or has reason to know
is doing business or seeking to do business with the
department or agency in which the official or employee is
employed also extends to a prohibition on receipt of gifts
from persons doing or seeking to do business with other
departments if the official or employee is contacted with
respect to business with the second department or agency.
- ADVISORY OPINION NO. 99-10
Employment as a Neutral Arbitrator by Superior Court Clerk for Housing Matters)
- In prohibiting a housing clerk from accepting
employment as a neutral arbitrator with respect to a
commercial least dispute, the Commission noted that
acceptance of the position would have impaired the clerk’s
independence of judgment and created an inadvertent use of
office for private financial gain in violation of C.G.S.
sec. 1-84 (b) and (c).
- ADVISORY OPINION NO. 98-04
(Application of the Code of
Ethics for Public Officials to the Use of a State Computer in
Furtherance of One’s Outside Employment)
- A legislator’s use of a state computer to
track grades, assignments, etc. of high school students the
legislator teaches would violate C.G.S. sec. 1-84 (c)’s
prohibition on the use of office or position for private
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