CHAPTER 875
COURT MESSENGERS

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Sec. 51-75. Messengers of the Supreme and Superior Courts.
Secs. 51-76 and 51-76a. Messengers and assistant messengers: Of Court of Common Pleas; of the Circuit Court.
Sec. 51-77. Filling of vacancies.
Sec. 51-78. Retired messengers may be continued in service.
Sec. 51-79. Duties of messengers of the Supreme and Superior Courts.

      Sec. 51-75. Messengers of the Supreme and Superior Courts. (a) The judges shall appoint as many messengers and assistant messengers as may be required.

      (b) Each messenger and assistant messenger shall receive a salary to be determined in accordance with the provisions of section 51-12.

      (c) The assistant messengers provided for in this section shall be subject to all provisions of the general statutes concerning court messengers so far as such provisions may be applicable.

      (d) The Chief Court Administrator may assign, reassign and modify the assignments of such messengers and assistants as he deems necessary for the efficient operation of the court.

      (1949 Rev., S. 7711; 1957, P.A. 651, S. 29; March, 1958, P.A. 27, S. 60; 1972, P.A. 165, S. 10; June, 1972, P.A. 1, S. 20; P.A. 76-436, S. 10a, 76, 681; P.A. 77-576, S. 23, 65; P.A. 82-248, S. 65; P.A. 84-529, S. 3.)

      History: 1972 acts added references to judicial districts, effective September 5, 1972; P.A. 76-436 changed term of appointment from two years to one year and added provisions re transfer of messengers serving in common pleas court to superior court and re chief court administrator's power to assign, reassign and modify assignments, effective July 1, 1978; P.A. 77-576 specified July first as commencement date for terms, deleting reference to service until successor's appointment, removed restrictions on number of messengers appointed, i.e. one for supreme court and one for each county or judicial district, authorizing appointment of as many as required and deleted provision whereby a judge could appoint additional messenger for as long as he determines is necessary to be paid upon vouchers by superior court judge at rate provided in Sec. 51-12, effective July 1, 1978; P.A. 82-248 reworded section, divided section into Subsecs. and deleted obsolete language re messengers serving in court of common pleas on July 1, 1978; P.A. 84-529 amended Subsec. (a) to eliminate annual appointment and one-year terms of office of court messengers and assistant messengers.

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      Secs. 51-76 and 51-76a. Messengers and assistant messengers: Of Court of Common Pleas; of the Circuit Court. Sections 51-76 and 51-76a are repealed.

      (1949 Rev., S. 7616; March, 1958, P.A. 27, S. 59; 1959, P.A. 28, S. 19; P.A. 74-183, S. 45, 280, 291; P.A. 76-436, S. 77, 681.)

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      Sec. 51-77. Filling of vacancies. Whenever a vacancy exists in the office of messenger or assistant messenger, the judges of the Superior Court or any authorized committee thereof may fill the vacancy until the next July first.

      (1949 Rev., S. 7713; 1972, P.A. 165, S. 11; June, 1972, P.A. 1, S. 20; P.A. 77-576, S. 24, 65; P.A. 82-248, S. 66.)

      History: 1972 acts added judicial districts, effective September 5, 1972; P.A. 77-576 deleted provision allowing removal of messenger for cause and proviso re interim appointments to fill vacancies until judges' annual meeting, at which time judges fill the vacancy for the remainder of the term, specifying instead that vacancies are to be filled until the next July first by judges or a committee of judges, and included reference to assistant messengers, effective July 1, 1978; P.A. 82-248 changed "such court" to "superior court" and "such" to "the".

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      Sec. 51-78. Retired messengers may be continued in service. (a) When a duly appointed and acting messenger of any constituent court of the Judicial Department is retired under the provisions of section 5-162 because of having reached the age of seventy years, the person so retired may continue in the service of the court which appointed him as such messenger as an employee at the salary to which he was entitled at the date of his retirement unless the court, at its next annual meeting of judges following the effective date of his retirement, or at any proper meeting of the judges thereof thereafter, votes that his employment shall terminate.

      (b) The existing retirement rights of any person so continuing in the employment of any constituent court of the Judicial Department as of the date when he became seventy years of age shall not be affected by his continuance in the employ of the court in such capacity thereafter, but additional rights or benefits shall not accrue to the benefit or interest of any person so continuing in employment.

      (c) No such person may receive a retirement salary during the period of the continuance of his employment after his retirement.

      (d) The provisions of any statute dealing with examinations, certifications and appointments to and separations from the service shall not apply to any such person so continuing in the employment of any court after his retirement.

      (e) Immediately upon the retirement of such person the Comptroller shall record him as an employee and continue to pay his salary until receipt of certification from the Chief Justice that the employment has been terminated.

      (1949, S. 3139d; 1959, P.A. 28, S. 96; February, 1965, P.A. 574, S. 38; P.A. 81-19, S. 2, 3; P.A. 82-248, S. 67.)

      History: 1959 act extended application of section from superior and common pleas courts to any constituent court of judicial department; 1965 act corrected reference in first sentence from section 5-101 to 5-162; P.A. 81-19 deleted the prohibition on retired court messengers continuing in employment after age 75; P.A. 82-248 made technical revision, rewording some provisions and dividing section into Subsecs. but made no substantive change.

      See Sec. 5-164(d) re reemployment of retired messengers.

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      Sec. 51-79. Duties of messengers of the Supreme and Superior Courts. Each messenger and each assistant messenger under the supervision of the messenger shall: (1) Guard and safely keep all exhibits committed to his charge by the presiding judge, counsel or court officers, (2) obtain and attend to the proper return of such books, records, documents, files and works of reference, belonging in the office of the clerk of the court or in any state law library, as may be required in the court upon which he is in attendance, and (3) perform such other duties as the judges or the presiding judge prescribes.

      (1949 Rev., S. 7712; P.A. 82-248, S. 68.)

      History: P.A. 82-248 reworded section and deleted obsolete provision re county law library associations.

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