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Chief Justice Selects Justice Borden for New Post

Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers today announced that the Honorable David M. Borden, who recently became a Judge Trial Referee upon turning age 70, will serve as the first Judicial Branch Public Access Liaison, in addition to hearing selected Appellate Court cases.

Chief Justice Rogers created the new post and charged Justice Borden with:

  • Overseeing the implementation of the recommendations of the Judicial Branch's Public Access Task Force, which were developed to provide as much access as possible consistent with the mission of the courts;
  • Updating the Chief Justice on the progress of committees created by the Public Access Task Force and their work on specific recommendations;
  • Assisting in the response to inquiries regarding the Judicial Branch’s progress in the implementation of the recommendations of the Public Access Task Force and regarding the Judicial Branch's commitment to and progress towards transparency, openness and accountability; and
  • Recommending to the Chief Justice specific initiatives that the Judicial Branch may consider to enhance transparency, openness and accountability in the courts; and advising the Chief Justice on these issues.

In May of 2006, Justice Borden, then serving as the Senior Associate Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court, appointed the Judicial Branch Public Access Task Force and charged it with making concrete recommendations for the maximum degree of public access to the courts, consistent with the needs in discharging their core functions of adjudicating and managing cases. In September of last year, Justice Borden endorsed thirty-five (35) of the thirty-eight (38) recommendations presented to him.

“Justice Borden’s role in forming last year’s Public Access Task Force makes him uniquely qualified to serve as the first Judicial Branch Public Access Liaison,” Chief Justice Rogers said. “The top priority of my administration is to ensure that our courts are open, transparent, and accountable to our citizens. Justice Borden’s commitment to these same ideals was very much on display during his tenure as the Senior Associate Justice of our court. I am confident that Justice Borden will bring to this new role the same energy and commitment to an open judiciary that he has pursued for so long.”

“I am honored that Chief Justice Rogers has asked me to serve in this new capacity,” said Justice Borden. “The openness of our courts is imperative in order to ensure that the public has trust and confidence in its judiciary. The Chief Justice and I firmly agree that we must continue the work that has begun to make our courts more accessible, and I thank her for appointing me to this new post.”


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