Associate Justice Joan K. Alexander was nominated by Governor Ned Lamont to the Supreme Court on April 13, 2022, and the General Assembly confirmed her appointment on April 29, 2022.
Justice Alexander is a lifelong resident of Connecticut and attended public schools in Bristol. She graduated from Yale University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1987.
On July 20, 2020, Governor Lamont nominated her to serve on the Appellate Court. Prior to that appointment, Justice Alexander served as a Superior Court Judge for 20 years, after Governor John Rowland nominated her to the bench in 2000. As a Superior Court Judge, Justice Alexander served as the Chief Administrative Judge for the Criminal Division in Connecticut’s Judicial Branch from 2017 to 2020. She was assigned as the Administrative and Presiding Judge for criminal matters in the Fairfield Judicial District and also served as the Administrative Judge in the New Britain Judicial District. She has served as the Presiding Criminal Judge in the New Britain, Hartford, Waterbury, and Litchfield Judicial Districts and in the New Haven GA court. In addition, she served as a judge in Middletown and was assigned to the Child Protection docket in the Juvenile Division.
Along with her courtroom assignments, Judge Alexander has served as the Chair of the Sentence Review Division, the Chair of the Wiretap Committee, and the Co-Chair of the Judicial-Media Committee. She served as a member of the Rules Committee, the Criminal Jury Instructions Committee, the Judicial Review Council, and the Opioid Task Force. Judge Alexander has presented many lectures on criminal law at the Connecticut Judges' Institute and the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Prior to her appointment to the bench, Justice Alexander was a prosecutor with the Division of Criminal Justice. She was assigned to the Waterbury and Hartford State’s Attorneys offices and then became Supervisor of the Statewide Prosecution Bureau. During her time working as a prosecutor, she handled numerous homicide and arson cases.