CHAPTER 883a

REPORTER OF JUDICIAL DECISIONS

Table of Contents

Sec. 51-212. Reporter of Judicial Decisions. Reports of Supreme Court opinions. Compilation of legal publications.

Sec. 51-213. Reporter to file copy of opinions of Supreme Court and Appellate Court.

Sec. 51-214. Reporter may authorize use of material in copyrighted index-digests.

Sec. 51-215. Records and briefs for State Library and law libraries.

Sec. 51-215a. (Formerly Sec. 51-21). Publication of decisions of the Superior Court and the Appellate Court.

Sec. 51-215b. (Formerly Sec. 51-20). Digests of decisions.

Sec. 51-216. Salary and fees of reporter.


Sec. 51-212. Reporter of Judicial Decisions. Reports of Supreme Court opinions. Compilation of legal publications. (a) The judges of the Supreme Court shall, from time to time, appoint a reporter of its judicial decisions, and, in the event of his temporary illness or disability, may designate someone to perform his duties.

(b) The reporter or the person appointed to perform his duties shall make reports of the cases argued and determined in the Supreme Court, prepare the reports for publication, and insert after the syllabus of each case the date of the arguments and the date of the decision.

(c) The reporter shall, from time to time at the direction of the Commission on Official Legal Publications, compile for publication cumulative supplements to the Connecticut Practice Book and perform such other duties in the compilation and preparation of material for publication in the official legal publications as may be assigned to him by the commission.

(1949 Rev., S. 7687; 1955, S. 3120d; P.A. 82-248, S. 112.)

History: P.A. 82-248 reworded section, divided section into Subsecs., deleted provision re retirement benefits of reporter and reenacted such provision as part of Sec. 51-216, and added provision re compilation of official legal publications formerly in Sec. 51-19.

See Sec. 51-216a et seq. re legal publications.

Reporter not obliged to furnish copies of opinions for publication in advance of official reports. 53 C. 419; 61 C. 417.

Sec. 51-213. Reporter to file copy of opinions of Supreme Court and Appellate Court. A copy of the opinion of the Supreme Court or of the Appellate Court shall be filed by the Reporter of Judicial Decisions with the clerk of the court from which the action proceeded. The Reporter of Judicial Decisions shall send a rescript to the chief clerk of the Supreme Court or of the Appellate Court. Unless otherwise ordered by the court, official notification to counsel of record shall be by publication of the opinion in the Connecticut Law Journal.

(1949 Rev., S. 7688; P.A. 73-541, S. 6, 8; P.A. 82-248, S. 113; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 83-29, S. 70, 82.)

History: P.A. 73-541 deleted requirement that copy of opinion be filed by reporter of judicial decisions “within two weeks after he has received such opinion”; P.A. 82-248 reworded section but made no substantive changes; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 83-29 rewrote section, deleting provisions re certified copies and adding reference to appellate court and provision requiring reporter of judicial decisions to send rescript to chief clerk and provision re official notification of counsel of record by publication in Connecticut Law Journal.

Cited. 40 CA 30. Cited. 41 CA 89.

Sec. 51-214. Reporter may authorize use of material in copyrighted index-digests. Section 51-214 is repealed.

(1949 Rev., S. 7691; P.A. 82-248, S. 163.)

Sec. 51-215. Records and briefs for State Library and law libraries. The Reporter of Judicial Decisions shall obtain a sufficient number of records and briefs of all cases determined in the Supreme Court and cause them to be bound in convenient size, with an index. The Reporter of Judicial Decisions shall send a copy of the records and briefs to the State Library and each law library under the supervision of the Office of the Chief Court Administrator. The expense of binding and transportation shall be paid by the state.

(1949 Rev., S. 1656; P.A. 82-248, S. 114; P.A. 90-234, S. 6, 8.)

History: P.A. 82-248 reworded section and “county law library” changed to “law library under the supervision of the state library board”; P.A. 90-234 amended section to make technical change, deleting reference to “state library board” and substituting “office of the chief court administrator”.

Sec. 51-215a. (Formerly Sec. 51-21). Publication of decisions of the Superior Court and the Appellate Court. (a) The clerks of the Superior Court shall file with the Reporter of Judicial Decisions copies of memoranda of decisions in Superior Court cases. The reporter shall select therefrom for publication such decisions as he deems will be useful as precedents or will serve the public interest and shall prepare them for publication and index them in substantial conformity with the manner in which decisions of the Supreme Court are prepared and indexed. The decisions selected shall be published by the Commission on Official Legal Publications in the Connecticut Law Journal and in such bound volumes as the Reporter of Judicial Decisions deems necessary.

(b) The clerk of the Appellate Court shall file with the Reporter of Judicial Decisions copies of memoranda of decisions in Appellate Court cases. The reporter shall prepare all of the decisions for publication and index them in substantial conformity with the manner in which decisions of the Supreme Court are prepared and indexed. The decisions shall be published by the Commission on Official Legal Publications in the Connecticut Law Journal and in bound volumes.

(1949 Rev., S. 1643; 1957, P.A. 176, S. 11; 1959, P.A. 28, S. 75; 1963, P.A. 288, S. 1; 1971, P.A. 544; P.A. 73-541, S. 4, 8; P.A. 74-183, S. 17, 291; P.A. 76-436, S. 50, 681; P.A. 82-248, S. 115; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 83-29, S. 61, 82.)

History: 1959 act included circuit court decisions; 1963 act stipulated superior and common pleas court decisions only be published in the Connecticut Supplement; 1971 act added reference to juvenile court clerks and deleted provision which specified that filing memoranda of decisions is subject to rules adopted by the judges of the applicable courts; P.A. 73-541 replaced requirement that decisions of superior court and court of common pleas be published in Connecticut Supplement with general requirement that decisions be published in “such bound volumes as the reporter of judicial decisions deems necessary”; P.A. 74-183 removed circuit court clerks from purview of section, effective December 31, 1974; P.A. 76-436 removed juvenile court and court of common pleas clerks from purview of section, effective July 1, 1978; P.A. 82-248 reworded section, but made no substantive change; Sec. 51-21 transferred to Sec. 51-215a in 1983; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 83-29 added Subsec. (b) re duties of clerk of appellate court, reporter of judicial decisions and commission on official legal publications re decisions in appellate court cases.

See Sec. 51-196 re review of decisions.

Subsec. (b):

Cited. 41 CA 89.

Sec. 51-215b. (Formerly Sec. 51-20). Digests of decisions. (a) The Reporter of Judicial Decisions shall compile or supervise the compilation of, and the Commission on Official Legal Publications shall publish, at such times and in such form as the reporter of judicial decisions deems best, digests of the decisions reported in the Connecticut Reports and other volumes of law reports published by the Commission on Official Legal Publications. In compiling the digests the Reporter of Judicial Decisions may use the material appearing in the indices printed as part of the reports.

(b) The reporter may grant permission for the use of material in index-digests of Connecticut Reports copyrighted in the name of the state, in the preparation of other such digests on such terms and conditions as he prescribes.

(1955, S. 1012d; 1957, P.A. 176, S. 10; 1963, P.A. 288, S. 5; P.A. 73-541, S. 3, 8; P.A. 82-248, S. 116.)

History: 1963 act added Connecticut Circuit Court Reports; P.A. 73-541 replaced provisions re publication of digest and supplements for decisions reported in Connecticut Supplement and Connecticut Circuit Court Reports with less detailed provisions; P.A. 82-248 divided section into subsections and added provision re use of material in index-digests formerly in Sec. 51-214; Sec. 51-20 transferred to Sec. 51-215b in 1983.

Sec. 51-216. Salary and fees of reporter. (a) The salary of the Reporter of Judicial Decisions shall be determined by the judges of the Supreme Court.

(b) The reporter shall receive for copies of opinions such sum per page as is fixed by the judges, such fees to be accounted for to the Comptroller and paid over to the Treasurer. The Reporter of Judicial Decisions shall not receive fees for certified copies of opinions filed pursuant to the provisions of section 51-213 or for such copies as the judges may direct him to furnish without charge.

(c) The reporter shall be eligible for the benefits of the state employees retirement plan as provided by chapter 66.

(1949 Rev., S. 3599; September, 1957, P.A. 11, S. 12; P.A. 82-248, S. 117.)

History: P.A. 82-248 rephrased the section, inserted Subsec. indicators and added Subsec. (c) concerning eligibility for retirement benefits, which was formerly part of Sec. 51-212.

See Sec. 51-212 re appointment and duties of Reporter of Judicial Decisions.

The reporter cannot be required either to give, or to allow to be taken, copies of decisions for publication. 53 C. 416; 61 C. 413.