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Non-judicial Officers

Non-judicial officers are appointed by the Chief Court Administrator or the Chief Justice and assist the court by conducting court proceedings in specific types of civil and criminal disputes. Descriptions, application process and compensation are described below:

 

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Attorney Trial Referee

  • Member of the Bar, considerable civil trial experience, CT resident.
  • Recommended by an Administrative Judge; completed application form; appointed by Chief Justice for a three year term.
  • Hears any civil non-jury case where the pleadings are closed and the parties consent. Conducts a hearing on the record and files a report within 120 days.
  • Usually pro bono. Payment for service may not exceed $20/hr, with a $100/day maximum.
  • Conn. Gen. Stat. Section 52-434(a)(4) P.B. Sections 19-1 through 19-18.

Fact Finder

  • Member of the Bar for at least five years, civil litigation experience.
  • Recommended by an Administrative Judge; completed application form; appointed by the Chief Court Administrator for a three year term.
  • Conducts hearings on the record in certain non-jury contract actions which involve money damages under $50,000 and a promise to pay a sum certain. Prepares findings of fact within 120 days.
  • $100 per day and an additional $25 for each finding of fact filed.
  • C.G.S. Sections 52-549n through 549t, P.B. Sections 23-52 through 23-59.

Arbitrator

  • Member of the Bar for at least five years, civil litigation experience.
  • Recommended by an Administrative Judge; completed application form; appointed by the Chief Court Administrator for a three year term.
  • Hears civil jury actions where judgment expectation is less than $50,000. No record is made and the rules of evidence are not strictly applied. Files a decision within 120 days, which becomes a judgment if no demand for a trial de novo is filed.
  • $100 per day and an additional $25 for each decision filed with the court.
  • C.G.S. Sections 52-549u through 549aa, P.B. Sections 23-60 through 23-66.

Magistrate

  • Member of the Bar for at least five years.
  • Submit required information in response to notice in the CT Law Journal or on www.jud.ct.gov. Appointed for a three year term. May not serve in any Judicial District where attorney, attorney's firm, or member of firm, has an appearance on file in any pending case.
  • Hears and decides small claims cases. Consent of the parties is not required. May also hear certain infractions, motor vehicle and other violation cases. No record is made of the proceedings. Criminal rules of evidence must be followed, but the civil rules are relaxed.
  • $200 per day.
  • C.G.S. Sections 51-193l through 193u, P.B. Section 44-30.

Small Claims Commissioner

  • Member of the Bar for at least two years.
  • Submit name to clerk of G.A. or Housing Session; complete questionnaire; recommended by an Administrative Judge; approved by the Chief Court Administrator for a term of three years.
  • Hears and decides small claims cases, with the consent of the parties. No record of the proceeding is made and the rules of evidence do not apply. Files decision within fifteen days.
  • Pro bono or volunteer basis.
  • C.G.S. Sections 52-549a through 549d.

Special Master

  • Knowledge or expertise in an area such as tax, family relations, construction.
  • Designated by the Administrative or Presiding Judge.
  • Conducts settlement conferences; facilitates mediations. No power to conduct hearings or enter judgments.
  • Pro bono or volunteer basis.
  • C.G.S. Section 51-5a

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