New Practice Book Rule Changes Requirements for Filing Appellate and Supreme Court Briefs

Note: this blog is from 2014 and links may no longer work - see http://www.jud.ct.gov/pb.htmFri, 09/05/2014 - 11:16Amendments to the Practice Book went into effect on September 1 that add new requirements for attorneys practicing in the Appellate and Supreme Courts.  Attorneys are now required to submit electronic copies of their briefs and appendices prior to submitting paper ...
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New Books in the Law Collection

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 11:46Some of our recent acquisitions for the law collection:Understanding the Connecticut Freedom of Information Act and Access to Public Meetings (Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, 2013), by Mark J. SommarugaA guide to Connecticut’s Freedom of Information laws, this book covers public meetings, access to public records, and penalties and procee...
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What’s WestLaw Next?

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 14:34 If you have ever researched legal issues here at the State Library, you have no doubt used our regular WestLaw database.  Our subscription includes access to case law, statutes, and regulations for all 50 States & Federal jurisdictions, administrative decisions, and an increasing number of full-text searchable legal treatises (books focusing on a spe...
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The Long Road to Barroom Equality

Submitted by Anne Rajotte on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 16:39In the 1930s, after the end of prohibition, Connecticut enacted a number of laws regulating the sale and consumption of alcohol.  One of these laws, enacted in 1937, made it illegal to serve a woman alcohol at a bar or at a table within three feet of a bar.   Beginning in the 1950s, bills to repeal or amend the laws prohibitin...
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The 1917 Laurel Law to Protect Connecticut’s State Flower

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 12:18Connecticut’s State Flower is the Mountain Laurel, now blooming across the state.  This evergreen shrub that blooms with white or pink flowers in late spring became the state flower in 1907.   At the time, the General Assembly greeted the proposal with amusement and a lack of enthusiasm, one senator remarking, “I see no point in cluttering up the sta...
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Connecticut’s General Incorporation Law Was The First Of Its Kind

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:04On this day in 1873, Connecticut enacted the country's first general incorporation law applicable to all types of business. Today, any person who wishes to form a corporation may do so, following certain requirements set forth by state law. Prior to the late 1800s, however, the concept and process of forming a corporation was quite different. To begi...
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How to Find: Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission Decisions

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 15:27The Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission is a state agency charged with administering and enforcing the Connecticut Freedom of Information Act, Connecticut General Statutes § 1-200 et seq. Under the Freedom of Information Act, an individual who believes he has been denied access to public records or meetings as specified under the law can file a...
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How to Find Connecticut Appellate Court and Supreme Court Records and Briefs at the State Library

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 10:33As a librarian, I have been asked to locate state appellate and supreme court records and briefs from around the country.  This task is often turns out to be rather difficult, as collections of briefs are kept in various formats, are scattered in different libraries for different time periods, or occasionally are just not available.In Connecticut, locatin...
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HeinOnline Reaches 100 Million Pages of Content

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 17:51Last month, HeinOnline announced that it had reached 100 million pages of content. HeinOnline is a database of legal materials that covers federal, state, and international law, and legal history. The Connecticut State Library offers access to HeinOnline both in the library, or from your own computer with a State Library card. Some of the libraries a...
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Are Blue Laws for Real?

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 16:12   The title of a book we have in our collection as well as digitally in LLMC says it all: "The True-Blue Laws of Connecticut & New Haven and the False Blue-Laws Invented by the Rev. Samuel Peters".    Occasionally we'll get questions about the validity of certain blue laws like, "Is there still a law that stipulates how high a pickle can bounce...
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