To legally Practice Law in Connecticut
Complaining about a Lawyer
Client Security FundGeneral Questions
1. Why should I have a lawyer?
Lawyers are trained legal professionals who can explain the laws to you; help you evaluate your options; negotiate or mediate conflicts with other people; prepare letters, court forms or other legal documents for you; and represent you in court. Many lawyers offer a free (or minimal fee) initial consultation.
|Fairfield County||(203) 335-4116|
|Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, Tolland and Windham Counties||(860) 525-6052|
|New Haven County||(203) 562-5750|
|New London County||(860) 889-9384|
3. How do I locate a lawyer?
To find the address of an attorney admitted to practice law in Connecticut, go to the Attorney/Firm Look-up and enter the last name of the attorney whose address you wish to find.
4. How do I find an attorney juris number?
To find the address or juris number of an attorney admitted to practice law in Connecticut, go to the Attorney/Firm Look-up page on our website and enter the last name of the attorney whose address or juris number you wish to find.
(Click on the judges you are interested in clerking for to learn about the application process, duties, compensation and other benefits.)
The Statewide Bar Counsel reviews your complaint and either sends it to be investigated by a grievance panel or sends it to the Statewide Grievance Committee with a recommendation that it be dismissed for one of the reasons stated below.
Some reasons for dismissing complaints:
Every Judicial District has a grievance panel made up of one lay person and two attorneys who do not have offices in the Judicial District. The panel decides whether there is "probable cause" to believe that the lawyer is guilty of misconduct. The grievance panel may hold a hearing on your complaint as part of their investigation. A copy of the grievance panel's probable cause decision will be sent to you within 120 days of the referral to the panel.
All determinations of a grievance panel finding that there exists probable cause of misconduct are referred to the Statewide Grievance Committee for further action. The committee conducts a hearing open to the public on probable cause referrals. If the complaint is filed on or after January 1, 2004, a disciplinary counsel will present the case to the Committee at its hearing when probable cause of misconduct is found. If a grievance panel determines that there is no probable cause of misconduct, it will dismiss the complaint. Such a dismissal is a final decision, subject to no further review, unless there is an allegation in the complaint that the attorney committed a crime, in which case a finding of no probable cause will be reviewed by the Statewide Grievance Committee. The Statewide Grievance Committee is a board of 21 members. At least seven of them are not lawyers. The committee makes the final decision on the grievance or complaint.14. Where can I get more information about complaints about lawyers?
If you still have questions regarding the grievance process, please call or write to:
Statewide Bar Counsel
287 Main Street, Suite 2, Second Floor
East Hartford, CT 06118-1885
Who must pay the fee?
The fee must be paid by each attorney admitted to practice in Connecticut, and each judge, judge trial referee, state referee, family support magistrate, family support referee and workers compensation commissioner. See Practice Book Section 2-70 for more information.
Who is exempt from the fee?
An attorney is not exempt from the fee because he or she practices out of state, or because he or she does not actively practice law. Only those attorneys who have retired, resigned, who have served on active duty in the armed forces of the United States for a period of more than six months during the calendar year, or who have been disbarred, are exempt from payment of the fee. Attorneys have "retired" only if they have complied with the provisions of Practice Book Section 2-55 and Section 51-81b(g) of the Connecticut General Statutes. (Attorney Retirement Notice - Form JD-CL-68). A partial, fifty percent exemption is available to attorneys who do not engage in the practice of law as an occupation and have not earned and do not expect to earn more than $450.00 in legal fees or other compensation for services involving the practice of law during the calendar year. If being an attorney is a factor in an individual's employment, such attorney is deemed engaged in the practice of law as an occupation for purposes of the partial exemption and does not qualify for the partial exemption.
19. How does an attorney retire from the practice of law?
Effective January 1, 2014, attorneys have the option to request retirement with the right of revocation, or permanently. The forms are available here: JD-GC-24 (Revocable Retirement) or JD-GC 26 (Permanent Retirement). View more information on retirement