Enforcement of Attorney Registration and Minimum Continuing Legal Education - Frequently Asked Questions


1. What are Connecticut’s annual registration requirements for attorneys?
Practice Book §§ 2-27(d) and (f) require active pro hac vice attorneys, active authorized house counsel and all attorneys admitted in Connecticut (except those who are deceased, disbarred, resigned, permanently retired, or on inactive status) to register with the Statewide Grievance Committee. This process collects information about the attorney, including office and home addresses, and trust account identification information. In addition, pursuant to Practice Book § 2-27A(a), the attorney must certify whether he or she completed in the last calendar year the required Minimum Continuing Legal Education (“MCLE”) credit hours.

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2. When should I complete registration?
Annual attorney registration opens in early January and is due in early March. Attorneys should register during this time. The Statewide Grievance Committee will notify each attorney who failed to register or who did not complete his or her MCLE requirements that the attorney’s license to practice law will be administratively suspended unless by December 31 of the year in which the notice is sent the attorney completes the annual registration including proper certification of MCLE compliance.

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3. Am I required to complete my Connecticut attorney registration online? 
Yes. Connecticut attorneys and authorized house counsel are required to register online at the Judicial Branch website through E-Services. An attorney must be enrolled in E-Services before using E-Services to register. Enrollment in E-Services does not constitute compliance with registration; they are separate processes. Pro hac vice attorneys and attorneys located in foreign countries, including U.S. territories, must register by paper form. The form will be mailed to their last registered office address each January.

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4. Is there a fee associated with the annual attorney registration or a late fee for failing to register on time? 
No, there is no cost to register. Be advised, however, that attorneys, authorized house counsel, and pro hac vice attorneys may owe other fees and taxes during the year, including the Attorney Occupational Tax and the Client Security Fund fee. The Attorney Occupational Tax is paid between late December and mid-January and is administered by the Department of Revenue Services. The Client Security Fund fee is collected between mid-May and mid-June.

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5. What happens if a Connecticut attorney does not complete the annual attorney registration or fails to certify compliance with the MCLE requirements? 
Effective January 1, 2022, pursuant to Practice Book §§ 2-27(f) and 2-27B(a) attorneys who fail to register with the Statewide Grievance Committee or fail to complete their MCLE requirements by the December 31st calendar deadline will be referred to the Superior Court for an administrative suspension of their licenses to practice law in Connecticut.

Upon order of the court, the attorneys listed will be administratively suspended from the practice of law effective upon publication of the list in the Connecticut Law Journal.


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6. What does it mean to be administratively suspended from the practice of law? 
An administrative suspension of an attorney for failure to comply with attorney registration or MCLE is not considered discipline, but an attorney placed on administrative suspension is ineligible to practice law, is not considered to be in good standing and the administrative suspension will remain on their licensing history even after reinstatement.

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7. What should a Connecticut attorney do if the license to practice law has been administratively suspended for non-compliance with the registration requirements or the MCLE requirements? 
Pursuant to § 2-27B(a), attorneys subject to an administrative suspension for noncompliance with the attorney registration or MCLE requirements may request to be reinstated to the practice of law by (a) complying with these requirements, and (b) submitting proof of such compliance to the Statewide Grievance Committee. This request must be made in writing and include (a) a copy of the receipt from the attorney’s current registration, and (b) a copy of the attorney’s Form JD-CE-1, Continuing Legal Education Log, showing compliance with the MCLE requirements for the year(s) in which the attorney received an administrative suspension. If the attorney was entitled to an exemption from MCLE then he or she should notify the Bar Counsel’s office of the exemption in the request for reinstatement.

If you fail to complete the attorney registration in the year you were administratively suspended, then your E-Services account will be locked as to attorney registration and you will need to contact statewide.grievance@jud.ct.gov to unlock the E-Services account. The E-Services account will be unlocked after you have provided proof of MCLE compliance or affirmed that you are entitled to an exemption, as applicable. Administratively suspended attorneys must then notify the Statewide Grievance Committee at statewide.grievance@jud.ct.gov after registration has been completed before they can be reinstated.


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8. Can a Connecticut attorney seek to have the administrative suspension vacated by the Superior Court? 
Yes. Pursuant to Practice Book § 2-27B(b), an attorney whose license to practice law in this state has been administratively suspended may make an application to the Superior Court to have the order vacated. The application must be filed with the Superior Court for the Hartford Judicial District within thirty (30) days of the date that the order is published in the Connecticut Law Journal. The application must set forth the reasons why the application should be granted.

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9. What if I have another question? 
For assistance with questions not answered above, you may contact the Statewide Grievance Committee by email at statewide.grievance@jud.ct.gov. More information about pro hac vice attorneys or authorized house counsel is available by clicking on the links.

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