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Civil Procedure

Connecticut District Court Proposed Local Civil Rule Changes

   by Zigadto, Janet

The U.S. District Court of Connecticut has posted a notice regarding proposed revisions to the court's local rules. The following rules have proposed revisions:

Local Civil Rule 30 Depositions

Local Civil Rule 67 Deposit Of Funds In Court Registry

Local Civil Rule 68 Offers of Judgment and Compromise

Local Civil Rule 77.1 Entry of Orders and Judgments; Miscellaneous

Local Civil Rule 79 Docket Numbers

Local Civil Rule 80 Court Reporters

Local Civil Rule 81 Naturalization Sessions of the Court

Local Civil Rule 83.1 Admission of Attorneys

Local Civil Rule 83.2 Discipline of Attorneys

Local Civil Rule 83.3 Security for Costs

Local Civil Rule 83.5 Secrecy of Jury Deliberation and Grand Jury Proceedings

Local Civil Rule 83.6 Removal of Papers and Exhibits

Local Civil Rule 83.7 Transfer of Cases to Another District or Upon Remand to a

State Court

Local Civil Rule 83.8 Orders for Extension of Filing Record on Appeal

Local Civil Rule 83.9 Law Student Internship Rules

Local Civil Rule 83.10 Civil Pro Bono Panel (both redlined and clean copy attached)

Local Civil Rule 83.12 Auxiliary Orders

Civil Appendix Form 26(F) Report Of Parties’ Planning Meeting

Updated Titles: Connecticut Practice Series

   by Roy, Christopher

Our law libraries have received updated editions to various Connecticut Practice Series treatises, including Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices, Business Torts and Antitrust, Connecticut Elder Law, Connecticut DUI Law, Connecticut Motions in Limine, and Connecticut Elements of an Action.

Connecticut Motions in Limine has a new discussion on social media evidence. And Connecticut Elder Law includes updated materials on conservators and interventions for individuals with diminished capacity.

Domestic Violence and Civil Protection Orders Research Guide - 2017 edition

   by Mazur, Catherine

The 2017 edition of our research guide on Domestic Violence and Civil Protection Orders has been posted to our website. A new section on Civil Protection Orders has been added, in addition to a table on the recent changes to firearms law in relation to domestic violence incidents.

New Course: Practical Skills & Resources for Drafting Effective Motions in Connecticut

   by Mazur, Catherine

Law Library Services is offering a course on effective motion drafting in the Windham J.D: Practical Skills & Resources for Drafting Effective Motions in Connecticut.

Well drafted motions and pleadings can be powerful and persuasive tools. Whether you are newly admitted or an experienced practitioner, strong legal drafting skills are essential to the effective practice of law.

  • Explore practical and invaluable resources and services available through the courthouse law libraries
  • Enhance your motion practice skills
  • Identify sources of sample forms to assist you in drafting persuasive motions and pleadings
  • Increase your knowledge and understanding of the courthouse law library collections, both print and electronic

The course will be held at the Putnam Superior Court on Monday, November 13, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. To RSVP, email your name and contact information to

Please see the flyer for more information, including the MCLE Notice.

Motion to Strike - 2017 edition

   by Mazur, Catherine

The 2017 edition of the Motion to Strike research guide has been posted to our research guides page:

Table of Contents

Section 1: Legal Sufficiency of Complaint

Section 2: Legal Sufficiency of Prayer for Relief

Section 3: Non-Joinder or Misjoinder of Parties

Section 4: Joining of Causes of Action

Section 5: Legal Sufficiency of Answer

Figure 1: Motion to Strike (Form)

Figure 2: Misjoinder of Parties (Form)

Injunctions and Restraining Orders in Connecticut - 2017 Edition

   by Roy, Christopher

The 2017 edition of Injunctions and Restraining Orders in Connecticut has been posted to our research guides page.

Table of Contents
Section 1: Applications for Injunction
Section 2: Modification and Dissolution of Injunction
Section 3: Enforcement of Injunction
Section 4: Specific Subjects of Injunctive Protection or Relief
Section 5: Appeal of Injunction

See our Domestic Violence in Connecticut research guide for coverage of family violence restraining and protective orders.

Law Library Research Guides: Civil Procedure

   by Booth, George

The Judicial Branch law librarians author and update a number of research guides on various legal topics (family law, juvenile law, property law) in addition to the following selections on civil procedure and motion practice:

You can find more civil matters research guides along with our complete collection on our Research Guides webpage.

Encyclopedia of Connecticut Causes of Action - 2017 Edition

   by Roy, Christopher

Our law libraries have received the 2017 edition of The Encyclopedia of Connecticut Causes of Action. This reference book lists civil causes of action, including the elements of each action and the statute of limitation when applicable. The notes section for each entry includes relevant case law. This one-volume title is divided into three sections, common law actions, statutory actions and administrative appeals.

District Court of Connecticut Proposed Civil Rule Changes

   by Mazur, Catherine

The U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, has posted a notice regarding proposed revisions to the court's local rules.

The proposed revisions address e-filing of cases by attorneys, in addition to amendments to the rules on motions for extension of time and motions for reconsideration. The rules in the notice also make frequent reference to the District Court's Electronic Filing Policies and Procedures ("EFPP").

Contract Law Appellate Court Opinion

   by Roy, Christopher

AC37979 - Meadowbrook Center, Inc. v. Buchman ("This appeal requires us to assess the interplay between a legislative mandate based on a public policy and a procedural rule of practice. On appeal, the defendant, Robert Buchman, claims that the trial court incorrectly denied his postjudgment motion for attorney's fees, sought pursuant to General Statutes § 42-150bb, on the basis that his motion for attorney's fees was untimely, pursuant to Practice Book § 11-21. We reverse the judgment of the trial court.")

Guidelines on Common Civil Legal Procedures

   by Mazur, Catherine

Did you know that the Judicial Branch has posted general instructions for some of the most common Civil court procedures on its Forms page?

Brief guidelines on the following topics are available by clicking on Civil Forms grouped by Subject:

In addition to providing an overview of the process, they also link to any applicable official forms.

The guidelines are not intended to be comprehensive, and are provided only as general information. When preparing any forms or documents to be filed in court, you should review the Connecticut Practice Book (a.k.a Court Rules), and you may also want to consider contacting an attorney with any legal questions.

Amendments to the Appellate Rules of Procedure

   by Mazur, Catherine

The Judicial Branch has posted a notice regarding new amendments to the Rules of Appellate Procedure:

Most of the revised rules are effective January 1st, 2017, except for the amendments to sec. 69-1 and 69-3, which are effective November 30, 2016.

The amended rules address matters such as the hours of operation for the Appellate Clerk's Office, the withdrawal of appearance by appointed counsel, and the electronic posting of dockets and assignments.

Tort Law Appellate Court Opinion

   by Mazur, Catherine

AC37672 - Doe v. West Hartford ("The plaintiff, John Doe, appeals from the summary judgment rendered by the trial court, Sheridan, J., after determining that the plaintiff's causes of action were time barred and were not saved by General Statutes § 52-593a. The plaintiff also appeals from the decision of the court, Dubay, J., denying his motion to disqualify Judge Sheridan. The defendants are: the town of West Hartford and certain members of its police department in their official and individual capacities, namely, James Strillacci, Chief of Police, Detective Donald Melanson, Officer Gino Giansanti, Officer Kimberly Sullivan, Officer Sean Walmsley, Sergeant John Silano, and Detective Michael Camilleri (collectively, town defendants); Dale J. Wallington, M.D., and Resilience Health Care, LLC (collectively, medical defendants); and Hartford Hospital, the Institute of Living, Radhika Mehendru, M.D., Carl Washburn, M.D., and Theodore Mucha, M.D. (collectively, hospital defendants).

On appeal, the plaintiff claims that the court improperly rendered summary judgment despite the existence of issues of material fact regarding whether process was delivered to the marshal prior to the expiration of the various statutes of limitations for his causes of action, and that the court improperly denied the plaintiff's motion for disqualification of Judge Sheridan on the ground of judicial bias. We agree that the court improperly rendered summary judgment, and, accordingly, we reverse in part and affirm in part the judgment of the trial court.")

Civil Procedure Research Guides

   by Roy, Christopher

The Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Libraries have a number of civil procedure research guides. These research guides link to relevant case law, court rules, and statutes. Each guide also lists available materials in our law libraries. A list of civil procedure guides is below: