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Connecticut Appellate Court

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Connecticut Appellate Court
Court information
Judges:   9
Founded:   1982
Salary:   $169,000[1]
Judicial selection
Method:   Commission-selection, political appointment with legislative confirmation
Term:   8 years

The Connecticut Appellate Court is the intermediate appellate court in Connecticut. It was established in 1982. There are ten judges on the court.[2]

Current judges

JudgeTermAppointed by
Chief Judge Alexandra DiPentima2003-2019Gov. Lowell Weicker
Judge Herbert Gruendel2005-1/26/2021Gov. Mary Jodi Rell
Judge Douglas Lavine2006-2022Gov. Mary Jodi Rell
Judge Robert Beach (Connecticut)1996-2016Gov. John Rowland
Judge Bethany Alvord2009-2017Gov. Mary Jodi Rell
Judge Christine E. Keller1/2013-2021Gov. Jodi Rell
Judge Michael R. Sheldon2011-2019Gov. Dan Malloy
Judge Eliot D. Prescott2014-2022Gov. Dan Malloy
Judge Raheem L. Mullins2014-2022Gov. Dan Malloy

How judges are chosen

Judges are chosen for the court via commission selection followed by a gubernatorial nomination, followed by legislative appointment. They serve eight-year terms from their date of appointment.[3] They are retained for subsequent terms through gubernatorial re-nomination and legislative re-appointment.

Mandatory qualifications include:

  • Must be a state resident.
  • Must have been a member of state bar member at least ten years.
  • Mandatory retirement at age 70.[4]


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