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State of Connecticut

History of Reform Efforts: Connecticut

Formal Changes Since Inception

1784
All judges elected by the general assembly; prior to the ratification of a constitution, tenure depended on the action of each general assembly.

1818
All judges appointed by the general assembly. Supreme court and superior court judges appointed for life; all other judges appointed annually.

1856
Terms of superior court judges changed from good behavior to eight years.

1876
Tenure of district court judges changed from one year to four years.

1880
Judges nominated by the governor and appointed by the general assembly to eight-year terms.

1965
New constitution drafted by constitutional convention. Supreme court and superior court judges nominated by the governor and appointed by the general assembly to eight-year terms.

1982
Appellate court created by constitutional amendment.

1986
Judicial selection commission created by constitutional amendment.