September and June of each year, the Supreme Court hears oral arguments
on pending cases in eight two-week terms in the Supreme Court courtroom
231 Capitol Avenue in Hartford, CT 06106. Oral arguments are
open to the public and you are invited to attend.
The proceedings in the Supreme Court differ from the
trial court proceedings in three important respects: First, this
court does not hear the testimony of witnesses. Instead, it hears the
arguments of lawyers for each party, who have filed written briefs
beforehand in which they have described the case to the court. Second,
this court does not decide questions of fact. Instead, it decides issues
of law, such as the interpretation of a statute or the constitutionality
of the procedures used in presenting evidence at trial. Finally, this
court does not decide a case immediately after the proceedings. Rather,
after each side has had the opportunity to present its case to the court
in a half-hour oral argument, the court takes the case under advisement
and delivers its judgment within a few months.