Connecticut

Connecticut in the United States

Connecticut Legal Materials

The State of Connecticut links to executive, legislative and judicial branch Web sites. For more links, try FindLaw.

Legislative materials: Connecticut’s legislative code, the General Statutes of Connecticut, is posted free on the Connecticut General Assembly’s Statutes page. The code is also available on Fastcase, and Loislaw. Annotated editions are available onLexis (CONN;CODE) and Westlaw (CT-ST-ANN). Historical editions are available onLexis back to 1990 (CODES;CTxxxx or CODES;CTARCH to search all years from 1992 to the present) and Westlaw back to 1997 (CT-STANNxx).

To check on the status of a pending bill, pull up the bill on the General Assembly web site and scroll down to the “Bill Status” section. For questions on pending legislation, call the Bill Room (860-240-0333; active only during the Legislative Session). For other questions, call the General Assembly’s Legislative Library (860-240-8888) or the Law and Legislative Reference division of the Connecticut State Library (860-757-6590).

Session laws (known as “Public Acts” and “Special Acts”) are available in theAdvanced Legislative Document Search back to 1988. Older session laws are available back to 1776 in the subscription-based Session Laws Library on HeinOnline. Otherwise, call the Law and Legislative Reference division of the Connecticut state law library (860-757-6590) or another large Connecticut law library for copies.

The Law and Legislative Reference division of the Connecticut State Library (860-757-6590) will compile legislative histories for a reasonable fee. For information about Connecticut legislative history materials, see the Guide to Connecticut Legislative History by the Connecticut State Library or Connecticut Legislative History by the University of Connecticut School of Law Library. See How to Compile a Connecticut Legislative History for information on retrieving legislative materials from the General Assembly web site.

Administrative materials: The Connecticut Administrative Code, known as theRegulations of Connecticut State Agencies, is published in print by the Commission on Official Legal Publications. As of 2010, there was no free online edition of theRegulations of Connecticut State Agencies. Check the relevant agency web site to see if regulations are posted there.

Online editions of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies are available from onLexis (CONN;CTADMN or CONN;CTREGS to search the Regulations along with related articles from the Connecticut Law Journal) and Westlaw (CT-ADC). Historical editions are available on Lexis back to 2004 (CONN;CTADxx) and Westlaw back to 2002 (CT-ADCxx).

Note on Regulations: Connecticut regulations use the same numbers as the Connecticut statute they are promulgated under. In other words, all the regs under §4-3 of the Connecticut General Statutes are in §4-3 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies.

Dockets / Case Information: The Connecticut court system posts free online “Look-ups” for searching and retrieving docket sheets and case information. Court PC of Connecticut is a commercial service, including cases that have been removed from the free search back to 1985 for civil cases, back to 1991 for criminal cases. See theDocket Sheets entry for more commercial services.

Around 2013, the Civil Court started posting case file documents as hyperlinks through at lease some online docket sheets. For older cases, only the “Notices” are available.

The Law and Legislative Reference division of the Connecticut State Library (860-757-6590) can provide copies of case files (i.e. “Records and Briefs”) from the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts.

For Questions and Copies: The Connecticut State Library has a Law and Legislative Reference division with a friendly, helpful staff who can answer questions about Connecticut legal materials (860-757-6590). Or try the University of Connecticut School of Law Library (860 570-5200).

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Topics Covered by the Connecticut Legal Encyclopedia

Note: More detailed information about this State is provided in the Connecticut jurisdictional legal Encyclopedia, which tie together Connecticut statutory and case law.

Topics include:

  • Connecticut Codes & Regulations
  • Connecticut Constitution
  • CT Cases & Case Law
  • Connecticut Legal Websites
  • CT State Government Info
  • Connecticut Counties
  • Connecticut Cities
  • Connecticut Legislation CT Court Reporters/Depositions
  • Connecticut Legal Forms
  • Connecticut Courts
  • Connecticut Local Court Rules
  • CT State Bar/Legal Associations
  • Connecticut Law Enforcement
  • Connecticut Media Sources

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Connecticut: Open and Free Legal Research of US Law

Federal Primary Materials

The U.S. federal government system consists of executive, legislative, and judicial branches, each of which creates information that can be the subject of legal research about Connecticut. This part provides references, in relation to Connecticut, to the legislative process, the federal judiciary, and the primary sources of federal law (cases, statutes, and regulations).

Federal primary materials about Connecticut by content types:

Laws and Regulations

US Constitution
Federal Statutory Codes and Legislation

Federal Case Law and Court Materials

U.S. Courts of Appeals
United States courts of appeals, inclouding bankruptcy courts and bankcruptcy appellate panels:

Federal Administrative Materials and Resources

Presidential Materials

Materials that emanate from the President’s lawmaking function include executive orders for officers in departments and agencies and proclamations for announcing ceremonial or commemorative policies. Presidential materials available include:

Executive Materials

Federal Legislative History Materials

Legislative history traces the legislative process of a particular bill (about Connecticut and other subjects) for the main purpose of determining the legislators’ intent behind the enactment of a law to explain or clarify ambiguities in the language or the perceived meaning of that law (about Connecticut or other topics), or locating the current status of a bill and monitoring its progress.

State Administrative Materials and Resources

State regulations are rules and procedures promulgated by state agencies (which may apply to Connecticut and other topics); they are a binding source of law. In addition to promulgating regulations, state administrative boards and agencies often have judicial or quasi-judicial authority and may issue administrative decisions affecting Connecticut. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about Connecticut should check state agency web sites for their regulations, decisions, forms, and other information of interest.

State rules and regulations are found in codes of regulations and administrative codes (official compilation of all rules and regulations, organized by subject matter). Search here:

State opinions of the Attorney General (official written advisory opinions on issues of state law related to Connecticut when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

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