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CONNECTICUT GENERAL STATUTES SEC. 1-25 (Oath of admission to the Connecticut bar)

You solemnly swear or solemnly and sincerely affirm, as the case may be, that you will do nothing dishonest, and will not knowingly allow anything dishonest to be done in court, and that you will inform the court of any dishonesty of which you have knowledge; that you will not knowingly maintain or assist in maintaining any cause of action that is false or unlawful; that you will not obstruct any cause of action for personal gain or malice; but that you will exercise the office of attorney, in any court in which you may practice, according to the best of your learning and judgment, faithfully, to both your client and the court; so help you God or upon penalty of perjury.

(Oath for Commissioner of Superior Court)

You solemnly swear or solemnly and sincerely affirm, as the case may be, that you will faithfully discharge, according to law, your duties as Commissioner of the Superior Court to the best of your abilities; so help you God or upon penalty of perjury.

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CONNECTICUT GENERAL STATUTES SEC. 29-16. Conviction information, as defined in subsection (c) of section 54-142g, contained in the files of the State Police Bureau of Identification, shall be available to the public in accordance with the provisions of section 54-142k. All information contained in the files of the State Police Bureau of Identification relative to criminal records and personal history of persons convicted of crime shall be available at all times to all peace officers engaged in the detection of crime, to all prosecuting officials and probation officers for the purpose of furthering the ends of public justice and to the State Bar Examining Committee for the purpose of ensuring that those individuals admitted to the practice of law are of the highest quality.

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CONNECTICUT GENERAL STATUTES SEC. 51-81b. (a) Any person who has been admitted as an attorney by the judges of the Superior Court shall annually on or before January fifteenth file an annual return prescribed or furnished by the Commissioner of Revenue Services. If any such person was engaged in the practice of law in the year preceding the year in which an occupational tax is due hereunder, such person, unless exempted under this section, shall annually on or before January fifteenth pay to the Commissioner of Revenue Services a tax in the amount of five hundred sixty-five dollars. Any person who has been admitted as an attorney pro hac vice by a judge of the Superior, Appellate or Supreme Court in accordance with the rules of said court shall file such return and pay such tax as provided in this subsection with respect to any year in which such person was admitted pro hac vice and engaged in the practice of law in this state.

(b) Upon failure of any such person to pay the sum due hereunder within thirty days of the due date, the provisions of section 12-35 shall apply with respect to the enforcement of this section and the collection of such sum. The warrant therein provided for shall be signed by the commissioner or his authorized agent. The amount of any such tax, penalty and interest shall be a lien, from the thirty-first day of December next preceding the due date of such tax until discharged by payment, against all real estate of the taxpayer within the state, and a certificate of such lien signed by the commissioner may be filed for record in the office of the clerk of any town in which such real estate is situated, provided no such lien shall be effective as against any bona fide purchaser or qualified encumbrancer of any interest in any such property. When any tax with respect to which a lien has been recorded under the provisions of this section has been satisfied, the commissioner, upon request of any interested party, shall issue a certificate discharging such lien, which certificate shall be recorded in the same office in which the lien was recorded. Any action for the foreclosure of such lien shall be brought by the Attorney General in the name of the state in the superior court for the judicial district in which the property subject to such lien is situated, or, if such property is located in two or more judicial districts, in the superior court for any one such judicial district, and the court may limit the time for redemption or order the sale of such property or make such other or further decree as it judges equitable.

(c) The Commissioner of Revenue Services shall notify the Chief Court Administrator of the failure of any person to comply with the provisions of this section and the Chief Court Administrator shall notify the judges of the Superior Court of such failure.

(d) If any person fails to pay the amount of tax reported to be due on such person's return within the time specified under the provisions of this section, there shall be imposed a penalty of fifty dollars, which penalty shall be payable to, and recoverable by, the commissioner in the same manner as the tax imposed under this section. Subject to the provisions of section 12-3a, the commissioner may waive all or part of the penalties provided under this section when it is proven to his satisfaction that the failure to pay any tax was due to reasonable cause and was not intentional or due to neglect.

(e) If any tax is not paid when due as provided in this section, there shall be added to the amount of the tax interest at the rate of one per cent per month or fraction thereof from the date the tax became due until it is paid.

(f) If the commissioner is satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that the failure to file a return or to pay the tax was due to reasonable cause and was not intentional or due to neglect, he may abate or remit the whole or any part of any penalty under this section.

(g) This section shall not apply (1) to any attorney whose name has been removed from the roll of attorneys maintained by the clerk of the superior court for the judicial district of Hartford, (2) to any attorney who has retired from the practice of law, provided the attorney shall file written notice of retirement with the clerk of the superior court for the judicial district of Hartford, (3) to any attorney who does not engage in the practice of law as an occupation and receives less than one thousand dollars in legal fees or other compensation for services involving the practice of law during any calendar year, or (4) with respect to the tax due in any calendar year, to any attorney serving on active duty with the armed forces of the United States for more than six months in such year.

(h) No person shall be liable for payment of the occupational tax under this section solely by virtue of such person having engaged in the practice of law while acting as an employee of the state, any political subdivision of the state or any probate court.

(i) The provisions of sections 12-548 to 12-554, inclusive, and section 12-555a shall apply to the provisions of this section in the same manner and with the same force and effect as if the language of said sections 12-548 to 12-554, inclusive, and section 12-555a had been incorporated in full into this section and had expressly referred to the tax under this section, except to the extent that any such provision is inconsistent with a provision of this section. 

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