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Zimmerman's Research Guide


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Connecticut

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 on Lexis (CONN;CODE) and Westlaw (CT-ST-ANN). Historical editions are available on Lexis 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 the Advanced 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 the Regulations 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 the Regulations 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 on Lexis (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 the Docket 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).


See Also
Attorney General Opinions
Docket Sheets
Legal Ethics
Legal Treatises
State Cases
State Government Agencies
State Laws, generally
State Regulations and Administrative Codes
State Statutes and Codes

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