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Substitute Senate Bill No. 904

Public Act No. 03-176

AN ACT CONCERNING WRITS BROUGHT TO AND ISSUED BY THE SUPREME COURT.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 51-199 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) The Supreme Court shall have final and conclusive jurisdiction of all matters brought before it according to law, and may carry into execution all its judgments and decrees and institute rules of practice and procedure as to matters before it.

(b) The following matters shall be taken directly to the Supreme Court: (1) Any matter brought pursuant to the original jurisdiction of the Supreme Court under section 2 of article sixteen of the amendments to the Constitution; (2) an appeal in any matter where the Superior Court declares invalid a state statute or a provision of the state Constitution; (3) an appeal in any criminal action involving a conviction for a capital felony, class A felony, or other felony, including any persistent offender status, for which the maximum sentence which may be imposed exceeds twenty years; (4) review of a sentence of death pursuant to section 53a-46b; (5) any election or primary dispute brought to the Supreme Court pursuant to section 9-323 or [section] 9-325; (6) an appeal of any reprimand or censure of a probate judge [,] pursuant to section 45a-65; (7) any matter regarding judicial removal or suspension pursuant to section 51-51j; (8) an appeal of any decision of the Judicial Review Council pursuant to section 51-51r; (9) any matter brought to the Supreme Court pursuant to section 52-265a; (10) writs of error; [, pursuant to section 52-272; ] and (11) any other matter as provided by law.

(c) The Supreme Court may transfer to itself a cause in the Appellate Court. Except for any matter brought pursuant to its original jurisdiction under section 2 of article sixteen of the amendments to the Constitution, the Supreme Court may transfer a cause or class of causes from itself, including any cause or class of causes pending on July 1, 1983, to the Appellate Court. The court to which a cause is transferred has jurisdiction.

(d) The Supreme Court may issue all writs necessary or appropriate in aid of its jurisdiction and agreeable to the usages and principles of law.

Sec. 2. Section 51-274 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

All special acts or provisions thereof inconsistent with this chapter and with sections 1-1a, 2-5, 2-40, 2-61, 3-84, 5-164, 5-189, 7-80, 8-12, 9-63, 9-258, 9-368, 12-154, 14-141, 14-142, 18-65, 18-73, 19a-220, 21a-96, 29-13, 29-362, 30-105, 30-107, 30-111, 35-22, 46b-120, 46b-133, 46b-160, 47a-23, 47a-28, 47a-35, 47a-37, 49-61, 49-62, 51-6a, 51-9, 51-15, 51-27, 51-30, 51-33, 51-34, 51-36, 51-48, 51-49, 51-50, 51-51, 51-52, 51-59, 51-72, 51-73, 51-78, 51-95, 51-183b, 51-183d, 51-183f, 51-183g, 51-215a, 51-229, 51-232, 51-237 [,] and 51-241, [51-243(a),] subsection (a) of section 51-243 and sections 51-247, 51-347, 52-45a, 52-45b, 52-46, 52-97, 52-112, 52-139, 52-193, 52-194, 52-196, 52-209, 52-212, 52-215, 52-226, 52-240, 52-257, 52-258, 52-261, 52-263, 52-268, 52-270, [52-272,] 52-278i, 52-293, 52-297, 52-298, 52-324, 52-351, 52-397, 52-425, 52-427, 52-428, 52-521, 53-308, 53-328, 54-2a, 54-56f, 54-66, 54-72, 54-74, 54-82g, 54-82j, 54-82k, 54-95a, 54-96a, 54-96b, 54-97, 54-108, 54-154, 54-166 and 54-169 to 54-174, inclusive, are repealed.

Sec. 3. (Effective from passage) Sections 52-272, 52-273, 52-275, 52-276, 52-277 and 52-278 of the general statutes are repealed.

Approved June 26, 2003