Select a State:

State of Connecticut

Methods of Judicial Selection: Connecticut

Selection of Judges

Number of Judgeships
Supreme Court: 7
Appellate Court: 9
Superior Court: 170
Number of Districts/Circuits
Supreme Court: --
Appellate Court: --
Superior Court: --
Geographic Basis for Selection
Supreme Court: statewide
Appellate Court: statewide
Superior Court: statewide
Method of Selection (full term)
Supreme Court: gubernatorial nomination from judicial selection commission; legislative appointment
Appellate Court: gubernatorial nomination from judicial selection commission; legislative appointment
Superior Court: gubernatorial nomination from judicial selection commission; legislative appointment
Length of Term
Supreme Court: 8 yrs
Appellate Court: 8 yrs
Superior Court: 8 yrs
Method of Retention
Supreme Court: governor renominates; legislature reappoints
Appellate Court: governor renominates; legislature reappoints
Superior Court: governor renominates; legislature reappoints
Length of Subsequent Terms
Supreme Court: 8 yrs
Appellate Court: 8 yrs
Superior Court: 8 yrs
Method of Filling Interim Vacancies
Supreme Court: gubernatorial nomination from judicial selection commission; legislative appointment*
Appellate Court: gubernatorial nomination from judicial selection commission; legislative appointment
Superior Court: gubernatorial nomination from judicial selection commission; legislative appointment
When Interim Judges Stand for Election/Appointment
Supreme Court: 8 yrs
Appellate Court: 8 yrs
Superior Court: 8 yrs
Selection of Chief Judge/Justice
Supreme Court: gubernatorial nomination from judicial selection commission; legislative appointment*
Appellate Court: chief justice
Superior Court: chief court administrator
Term of Office for Chief Judge/Justice
Supreme Court: 8 yrs*
Appellate Court: N/A
Superior Court: at pleasure of chief court administrator
Qualifications
Supreme Court: state resident; licensed to practice in state; mandatory retirement at 70
Appellate Court: state resident; licensed to practice in state; mandatory retirement at 70
Superior Court: state resident; licensed to practice in state; mandatory retirement at 70

Selection and retention methods and term lengths are prescribed by Article 5 and Amendment Article XX of the Connecticut Constitution. 

*The governor may nominate an associate justice of the supreme court to be chief justice without the involvement of the judicial selection commission. Chief justices appointed in this way serve an initial term equal to the remainder of their term as associate justice.