Statewide Bar Counsel
How do I retire from the bar?
JD-CL-68, is available at any judicial district
clerk's office or at the office of the Client
Security Fund Committee.
The form must be
filed with the superior court clerk in triplicate at
the following address:
Clerk, Superior Court
Hartford Judicial District
95 Washington Street
Written notice of retirement from the
practice of law does not constitute removal from
the bar or the roll of attorneys, but it is
noted on the roll of attorneys kept by the clerk in
Hartford County who notifies the Statewide Bar
Counsel of the retirement. The notice must include
the attorney's juris number and must be filed in
triplicate with the clerk. Upon the filing of the
notice, the attorney is no longer eligible to
practice law as an attorney admitted in the State of
Connecticut. Section 2-55 of the Connecticut
Is retirement permanent or can I revoke it?
Retirement may be revoked at any time upon written
notice to the clerk for Hartford County and the
Statewide Bar Counsel. There is no form to fill out
to revoke retirement; it can be done with a letter. Disciplinary proceedings against an attorney are
not stayed or terminated on account of the
attorney’s retirement from the practice of law.
How is retirement different than resignation?
Retirement is a voluntary decision by an attorney to
stop practicing law because the attorney does not
want to practice law in Connecticut any longer.
Section 2-55 of the Connecticut Practice Book. The attorney
may come out of retirement at any time; retirement
is not discipline.
Resignation is the voluntary
decision by an attorney who is the subject of a
disciplinary investigation to stop practicing law.
If the attorney waives his or her right to apply for
reinstatement as part of the resignation, he or she
will never be able to practice law in Connecticut
again. Resignation is treated as a
disciplinary sanction and can lead to reciprocal
discipline in other jurisdictions.
Do I have to register with the Statewide Grievance
Committee if I am retired?
Attorneys can elect retirement status pursuant to
Section 2-55 of the Connecticut Practice Book. Retirement does not
constitute removal from the bar or the roll of
attorneys. Retirement is not permanent and can
be revoked at any time. Section 2-27 of the
Connecticut Practice Book
does not exempt retired attorneys from the
registration requirement. There are no
fees involved with the registration process, the only
that you register annually, and notify the Statewide
Grievance Committee of any changes pertinent to
Do I have to pay the Client Security Fund fee if I
2-70 of the Connecticut Practice Book. If you wish to revoke your retirement,
you will owe the Client Security Fund fee for the
year in which you retired.