Statutory Authorization For and Composition of the Judicial Review Council
The Judicial Review Council was established in 1978 and is presently governed by Chapter 872a, sections 51-51g through 51-51u of the Connecticut General Statutes. Those provisions apply to judges of the Superior Court, including senior judges and judge trial referees, judges of the Appellate Court, justices of the Supreme Court, workers’ compensation commissioners, and family support magistrates.
The Council is composed of (1) three judges of the Superior Court who are not also judges of the Supreme Court, (2) three attorneys at law admitted to practice in this state, (3) six persons who are not judges or attorneys at law, and (4) thirteen alternate members as follows: (A) two judges of the Superior Court who are not also judges of the Supreme Court, (B) two attorneys at law admitted to practice in this state, (C) three person who are not judges or attorneys at law, (D) three compensation commissioners, and (E) three family support magistrates. All members are appointed by the Governor and approved by the General Assembly and serve without compensation.
The Council employs an Executive Director and an Administrative Assistant, both of whom are compensated. The Executive Director investigates complaints filed with the Council and presents evidence obtained pursuant to such investigations to the Council, which has authority to issue subpoenas for witnesses and documents in furtherance of investigations.