Connecticut Appellate Court

Connecticut Appellate Court

The Connecticut Appellate Court is the court of first appeals for all cases arising from the Connecticut Superior Courts. Its creation in 1983 required Connecticut's voters and legislature to amend the state's constitution. The court heard its first cases on October 4, 1983.[1]

The Connecticut Appellate Court is composed of nine Appellate Court Judges. However, retired Judges of the Appellate Court and of the Supreme Court can still sit on Appellate Court panels, as needed. Retired Chief Justices Ellen Ash Peters, Francis McDonald, and William Sullivan continue to sit regularly with the Appellate Court, as do retired Justices David Borden and Barry Schaller, retired Appellate Court Chief Judges Antoinette Dupont and William Lavery, and a battery of other retired Appellate Court Judges (including Socrates Mihalakos, Joseph Pellegrino, George Stoughton, and Thomas West, among others). If the Chief Court Administrator is a Judge of the Appellate Court, the Appellate Court is authorized to have 10 seats. (Judge Joseph Pellegrino fulfilled this role and during his time, the Court had 10 members.)



Current and former members

Current Members:

  • Chief Judge Alexandra DiPentima [3]
  • Judge Thomas Bishop [4]
  • Judge F. Herbert Greundel [5]
  • Judge Douglas Lavine [6]
  • Judge Robert Beach [7]
  • Judge Richard Robinson [8]
  • Judge Bethany Alvord[9]
  • Judge Stuart Bear[10]
  • Judge Carmen Espinosa [11]
Former members include
  • David M. Borden (1983-1990), one of the original five appointees, drafted Connecticut's Penal Code, first Administrative Judge for the Appellate System, still active as a Judge Trial Referee.
  • John Daly (1984-1993), Also defended Joseph "Mad Dog" Taborsky (last man in Connecticut to be executed before Michael Ross), one of the original 44 circuit court judges when the court was established in 1961 (and later rendered defunct in 1978).[12][13]
  • Joseph Dannehy (1983-1984), first Chief Presiding Judge. [14]
  • Antoinette Dupont (1983-1984, Chief Judge, 1984-1997) Second Chief Judge, helped the Court clear an appellate backlog, brought the Court into its own right as an innovator. Still active as a Judge Trial Referee, authored the history of the Court in 2003. [15]
  • Judge Joseph P. Flynn 2001-2010
  • Paul M. Foti (1987-2005) One of the longest serving members of the Appellate Court. [16][17]
  • Maxwell Heiman (1990-1997), Former President of the Connecticut Bar Association, defended Joseph "Mad Dog" Taborsky (last man to be executed in Connecticut before Michael Ross), presided over Robert Breton's capital felony trial, served Chair of the Connecticut Bar Association Intermediate Appellate Court Committee with C. Ian McLachlan. [18][19][20]
  • T. Clark Hull (1983-1987), one of the original five appointees. Former Lieutenant Governor.
  • C. Ian McLachlan (2003-2009), serve on the Connecticut Bar Association Intermediate Appellate Court Committee, recently elevated to the Supreme Court. [21][22][23]
  • Barry R. Schaller (1992-2007) One of two judges to sit at all five levels of Connecticut's Judiciary, the other being Joseph Dannehy.
  • E. Eugene Spear (1993-2002), Former Chief Civil Administrative Judge, third African American member of the Court after John Daly and Flemming Norcott, former Public Defender.[24] [25][26]
  • Daniel Spallone (1984-1991), Served 40 years in the judiciary, former Town Attorney in Deep River, spouse served as State Representative, son later served as State representative.[27] [28][29]
  • George Stoughton (1987-1989) Former Hartford State's Attorney, returned to the Court as a Judge Trial Referee (after turning 70 in 1989 and enabling Legislation in 1995), was still active at 91 and heard cases until his death in June 2011, assisted Justice Borden in screening criminal cases for transfer to the Supreme Court. [30] [31][32] [33] [34]
  • Robert Testo (1983-1986) One of the original five judges. [35][36]

See also


  1. ^ History of the Connecticut Appellate Court, compiled by the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch
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