The Connecticut Appellate
Court, began its “On Circuit” program in 1996, when it visited
Quinnipiac College School Of Law. The Court modeled this
program after the Supreme Court On Circuit program established by the Supreme Court in 1986.
The purpose of this program is to provide the public, especially students,
with a better understanding of the appellate process. Key to this goal was
the recognition that although the Court’s “home” courtroom in Hartford was
always open, visitors rarely had a full understanding of what transpired there.
Since 1996, the Appellate Court has traveled to high schools and universities throughout the state.
The Appellate Court On Circuit program provides high school and college
students the opportunity to observe oral arguments in appellate cases. Each
year, the court selects a location where arguments will be heard.
The program’s goal is simple: To educate students and residents about the roles and responsibilities of the appellate system.
Volunteer attorneys often prepare synopses of the assigned appeals and meet with students before the day’s oral arguments to discuss the issues to be argued before the court. Local bar associations and teaching staff are invaluable during this process, and provide the students with the background they need to both understand the appellate process and the cases that will be argued.
Typically, two cases are argued on the day of the event. After each argument, the attorneys who argued the case usually participate in a question-and-answer session with the students. Volunteer attorneys often work with professors and teachers to facilitate the sessions.
Publishing the opinon takes time because it requires careful analysis of the law. When released, the decision may be accessed through the Advance Release Opinions page on the Judicial Branch website.
For further information or to inquire about the Appellate Court visiting your school, please email External.Affairs@jud.ct.gov
These links connect to selected cases that the justices have heard and decided as part of the program.
|Date / Location||Press Release||Non-legal Summary||Decision|
|October 22, 2015 - Tapping Reeve House and Litchfield Law School||Press Release||State v. John Panek||Decision|
|Maria Diaz v. Manchester Memorial Hospital||Decision|
|April 14, 2015 - University of Connecticut Law School, Hartford||Press Release||State v. Gilberto Marrero-Alejandro||Decision|
|Jamie Melendez v. John Deleo||Decision|
|October 16, 2014 - Fairchild Wheeler Interdistrict Magnet School, Bridgeport||Press Release||State v. Kendall O. Smith, Sr.||Decision|
|October 18, 2012 - Branford High School||Press Release||Robin Mulcahy v. Gary E. Hartell, D.C.||Decision|
|State v. Christopher Doyle||Decision|
|October 25, 2011 - Westhill High School, Stamford||Press Release.||State v. Marshal||Decision|
|Patrick Wood v. Club, LLC, et al.||Decision|
|May 18, 2009 - Kent School||Press Release||State v. Holloway||Decision|
|State v. Bareis||Decision|
|April 30, 2009 - Bassick High School||Press Release||State v. Gainey||Decision|
|Swanson v. Groton||Decision|
|October 22, 2008 - Norwich Free Academy||Press Release||State v. Barnes||Decision|
|Costanzo v. Gray||Decision|
|September 24, 2008 - University of New Haven||Press Release||State v. Khuth||Decision|
|State v. Walters||Decision|
|November 28, 2007 - Wilby High School||Press Release||Murphy v. Lord Thompson Manor||Decision|
|Sokaitis v. Bakaysa||Decision|
|April 19, 2007 - Manchester Community College||Press Release||State v. Arroyo||Decision|
|State v. Etienne||Decision|
|October 27, 2006 - Ansonia High School||Press Release||State v. Russell||Decision|
|State v. Collins||Decision|
|October 12, 2006 - Wilbur Cross High School||Press Release||State v. Santiago||Decision|
|State v. Wells||Decision|
|October 28, 2004 - Western Connecticut State University||Press Release||State v. Fasano||Decision|
|Raudat v. Leary||Decision|
|State v. DiPaolo||Decision|
Once the preliminary arrangements have been made, the Court works
with the school and the local bar association to arrange for volunteer
attorneys to visit the school. The attorneys typically discuss the cases
with the students, and provide an overview of the Connecticut court
system. The court staff also works with the facilities department at the
school to transform the location, for example, the school auditorium,
into a courtroom for the day.