Judiciary Committee, Connecticut General Assembly

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The Judiciary Committee is a Joint standing committee of the Connecticut General Assembly and contains members of the Senate and the House. In the Connecticut Legislature, there are no separate chamber committees.

Per each chamber's rules, committees of the Connecticut General Assembly are assigned by the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House. Committees are assigned at the start of each term.[1][2] A majority of appointed members make up a committee's quorum.[3] Neither the President nor the Speaker is recognized as an "ex officio" member of any committee.

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: Senate Rules
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A committee on JUDICIARY that shall have cognizance of all matters relating to (A) the Judicial Department, the Department of Correction and the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, (B) courts, judicial procedures, criminal law, probate courts, probation, parole, wills, estates, adoption, divorce, bankruptcy, escheat, law libraries, deeds, mortgages, conveyancing, preservation of land records and other public documents, the law of business organizations, uniform laws, validations, authorizations to sue and to appeal, claims against the state, (C) all (i) judicial nominations, (ii) nominations of workers' compensation commissioners, and (iii) nominations of members of the Board of Pardons and Paroles, and (D) all bills carrying civil penalties that exceed the sum of, or that may exceed in the aggregate, five thousand dollars. Any bill favorably reported by another committee that carries a criminal penalty, other than an infraction, shall be referred to the committee, provided the committee's consideration shall be limited to the criminal penalties established in such bill and shall not extend to the other substantive provisions or purposes of such bill.[4][5]


2015 legislative session

The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2015 legislative session.

Judiciary Members, 2015
Democratic members (26)Republican members (17)
Eric Coleman, ChairJohn Kissel, Ranking Member
William Tong, ChairRosa Rebimbas, Ranking Member
Paul Doyle, Vice chairAl Adinolfi
Dan Fox, Vice chairBill Aman
Angel ArceAntonietta Boucher
David BaramCecilia Buck-Taylor
Jeffrey BergerVincent Candelora
Beth ByeChristie Carpino
Jeffrey A. CurreyDoug Dubitsky
Patricia DillonDavid Labriola
Mae FlexerBen McGorty
Mary FritzMichael McLachlan
Terry GerratanaTom O'Dea
Bob GodfreyArthur O'Neill
Minnie GonzalezRobert C. Sampson
Ernst HewettJohn J. Shaban
Roland J. LemarRichard A. Smith
Art Linares
Bruce Morris
Robyn Porter
Emmett D. Riley
Joseph Serra
Caroline Simmons
Joe Verrengia
Toni Walker
Gary Holder-Winfield


The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.



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