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About the General Statutes


 
Organization of the General Statutes

The General Statutes are divided into Titles, Chapters or Articles, and Sections, with a title being the most general heading and a section the most specific.

• • Titles: contain chapters, articles and sections of the statutes grouped in broad subject areas.
Example: "Title 14 – Motor Vehicles"

• • Chapters: contain sections of the statutes grouped in broad subject areas.
Example: "Chapter 248 – Vehicle Highway Use" (which is in Title 14)

• • Articles: (used instead of Chapters in Title 42a – Uniform Commercial Code) contain sections of the statutes also grouped in specific subject areas.
Example: "Article 2 – Sales"; "Article 4A – Funds Transfers"

• • Sections: contain the text of each statute.
Example: "Section 14-219 – Speeding" (which is in Chapter 248, which is in Title 14)

For citation purposes, refer to a specific provision of the General Statutes first by title, then by section. For example, if you are discussing a law on speeding, you would look at Title 14, Section 219, which would be cited simply as "Conn. Gen. Stat. Sec. 14-219".


Abbreviations used in the Annotations to the General Statutes

Each section of the General Statutes provides source and history information. If the section has been construed by the courts, it further provides a reference to published judicial opinions interpreting the section.

The Connecticut Reports are identified by the letter "C.", the Appellate Court Reports are identified by the letters "CA", the Connecticut Supplement is identified by the letters "CS", and the Circuit Court Reports by "Conn. Cir. Ct."

Please note that prior to Volume 1 of the Connecticut Reports, judicial decisions were reported by the reporters Kirby, Root and Day. For this reason, citations using the letters "K", "R" or "D" will be found among the annotations.

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