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State of Connecticut

Methods of Judicial Selection: Connecticut

Judicial Nominating Commissions

The judicial selection commission is composed of twelve members. Two members are appointed from each congressional district--one lawyer and one nonlawyer. The six lawyer members are appointed by the governor; the six nonlawyer members are appointed by the president pro tempore of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives, the majority leaders of the house and senate, and the minority leaders of the house and senate. No more than six commission members may belong to the same political party. In addition, commission members may not be elected or appointed state officials or hold statewide office in a political party. Commission members serve three-year terms.

The commission screens candidates for vacancies on the superior court, appellate court, and supreme court and submits a list of candidates to the governor. The governor must nominate a candidate from the list. The commission also evaluates incumbent judges who seek reappointment and forwards to the governor the names of incumbents who are recommended for reappointment. Click here for statutes regarding the composition and here for rules governing the operation of the commission.

For more information, see Judicial Merit Selection: Current Status.

Nominating Commission Costs

  • $106,600 (2006)
  • $98,452 (2005)
  • $92,816 (2004)