CHAPTER 883b
COMMISSION ON OFFICIAL LEGAL PUBLICATIONS

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Sec. 51-216a. (Formerly Sec. 51-16). Commission on Official Legal Publications. Publications. Copyrights.
Sec. 51-216b. (Formerly Sec. 51-18). Sale and distribution of publications. Contracts. Expenses.
Sec. 51-216c. (Formerly Sec. 51-17). Director of production and distribution.

      Sec. 51-216a. (Formerly Sec. 51-16). Commission on Official Legal Publications. Publications. Copyrights. (a) The Commission on Official Legal Publications shall be an agency of the Judicial Branch and shall be composed of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, who shall be chairperson, ex officio; the Chief Court Administrator, ex officio; a judge or former judge of the Supreme Court and a state referee, both of whom shall be appointed by the Chief Justice; the executive secretary of the Judicial Branch; the Reporter of Judicial Decisions; and one other employee of the Judicial Branch appointed by the Chief Justice.

      (b) The commission shall acquire, publish, distribute and maintain for the benefit of the state a sufficient supply of the official legal publications, which shall consist of: (1) The Connecticut Reports consisting of the reports of cases determined by the Supreme Court as prepared for publication by the Reporter of Judicial Decisions, (2) reports of cases determined by the Appellate Court as prepared for publication by the Reporter of Judicial Decisions, (3) the Connecticut Law Journal, (4) the Connecticut Practice Book and cumulative supplements thereto, (5) the digests compiled by or under the supervision of the Reporter of Judicial Decisions pursuant to section 51-215b, and such other volumes of law reports and digests as the Reporter of Judicial Decisions deems necessary, (6) such decisions of the Superior Court as the Reporter of Judicial Decisions selects for publication pursuant to section 51-215a, and (7) such additional publications pertaining to the state Judicial Branch, the Supreme Court, the Appellate Court, the Superior Court and the practice of law as may be assigned to the commission. The commission may publish, maintain and distribute the official legal publications in available alternative formats. An alternative format may be the sole method for the publication, maintenance and distribution of all volumes of the Connecticut Reports, excluding the most recent one hundred volumes.

      (c) In addition to the publication of regulations pursuant to section 4-173, the commission shall publish in the Connecticut Law Journal except as they may be incorporated into any revision of the Connecticut Practice Book: (1) Rules adopted by the judges of the Supreme Court, including but not limited to the rules adopted by the Supreme Court for the courts of probate, (2) the rules of the Appellate Court, and (3) the rules of the Superior Court.

      (d) The commission may publish in the Connecticut Law Journal, or prepare for separate publication and publish, such other documents and information as in its opinion are proper or of sufficient importance to warrant publication.

      (e) The commission may establish an electronic bulletin board to provide information to members of the public upon such terms as it deems to be in the best interest of the state.

      (f) The commission shall, to the extent it finds it desirable to do so, cause official legal publications to be copyrighted in the name of the Secretary of the State for the benefit of the people of the state.

      (g) All official legal publications published by the commission pursuant to this section and each compilation of effective regulations published by the commission pursuant to section 4-173 shall be printed on paper that meets or exceeds the American National Standards Institute standards for permanent paper, unless such paper is not available.

      (1951, 1953, S. 3124d; 1957, P.A. 176, S. 4; 1959, P.A. 330, S. 3; 1963, P.A. 288, S. 4; P.A. 73-541, S. 1, 8; P.A. 74-338, S. 35, 94; P.A. 82-248, S. 118; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 83-29, S. 62, 82; P.A. 84-27, S. 1; P.A. 91-144, S. 5; P.A. 95-176, S. 1.)

      History: 1959 act deleted Connecticut departmental regulations from Subsec. (a) and modified "additional publications" with the words "pertaining to the state judicial department, the state-maintained courts and the practice of law"; 1963 act added Connecticut Circuit Court Reports and the digest thereof to Subsec. (a); P.A. 73-541 deleted specific reference to advance parts of Connecticut Reports, to the Phillips Connecticut Digest and its cumulative supplements, the Connecticut Supplement, etc., referring instead to "such other volumes of law reports and digests as the reporter of judicial decisions deems necessary" and authorized publication of documents and information which commission deems sufficiently important to warrant publication in Subsec. (a) and updated section references in Subsecs. (b) and (d); P.A. 74-338 corrected section reference in Subsec. (d); P.A. 82-248 rephrased and reorganized the section, added provisions formerly in Secs. 51-22a and 51-216b and deleted certain provisions and reenacted them as part of Sec. 51-216b; Sec. 51-16 transferred to Sec. 51-216a in 1983; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 83-29 added provision re publishing of cases determined by the appellate court, added reference to appellate court and added provision re publication of rules of appellate court; P.A. 84-27 amended Subsec. (a) by designating as members the chief court administrator and an employee of the judicial department appointed by the chief justice; P.A. 91-144 added Subsec. (f) requiring legal publications and regulations to be printed on paper meeting or exceeding the American National Standards Institute standards for permanent paper; P.A. 95-176 amended Subsec. (a) by changing "department" to "branch" and "chairman" to "chairperson", amended Subsec. (b) by adding provision permitting commission to publish, maintain and distribute official legal publications in alternative format, excluding most recent one hundred volumes, and inserted new Subsec. (e) permitting commission to establish electronic bulletin board to provide information to public, relettering former Subsecs. (e) and (f) accordingly.

      Annotation to former section 51-16:

      Cited. 24 CS 316.


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      Sec. 51-216b. (Formerly Sec. 51-18). Sale and distribution of publications. Contracts. Expenses. (a)(1) The Commission on Official Legal Publications may sell official legal publications and electronic bulletin board services at such prices and upon such terms as to payment and security as it may fix and may sue in its name or take such other legal measures as may be appropriate to enforce payments of accounts due it.

      (2) The commission may appoint a selling agent or agents to handle the sales, and a publishing agent or agents to attend to the publication and distribution, under its supervision, of official legal publications, upon such terms as it deems to be in the best interest of the state. Except to the extent that the commission otherwise appoints, the executive secretary of the Judicial Branch shall be the commission's publishing agent.

      (3) The commission may enter into contracts with publishing and printing concerns and others in any state for the printing or photolithographing and for the binding of such volumes as may be necessary and for the storage of volumes.

      (4) The commission shall have custody of the electroplates and stereotypes of the volumes of reports and may repair and replace them from time to time when necessary for proper printing therefrom. It may sell any electroplates or stereotypes when in its opinion they are no longer of use to the state.

      (b) (1) Money received from sales permitted under this section shall be deposited with the State Treasurer as provided by law and shall be credited to the General Fund. Overpayments made to the commission in an amount not to exceed five dollars shall not be refunded but shall be deposited in the General Fund. Claims for refunds due to overpayment shall be presented within one year after they accrue or shall be deemed to be waived, except that claims for refunds due to overpayments made prior to October 1, 1995, may be presented within one year of October 1, 1995.

      (2) Bills contracted and expenses incurred by the commission for the purposes specified in this section and sections 51-215a, 51-215b, 51-216a and 51-216c shall be paid from moneys appropriated from the General Fund.

      (c) The commission shall (1) furnish official legal publications free of charge to courts of record and law libraries within the state, and to public officers, departments, agencies, boards and commissions within the state, according to their legitimate needs as determined by the commission, and (2) furnish the Connecticut Law Journal free of charge to any member of the General Assembly making a request therefor during the term for which he is elected.

      (d) If the town clerk of any town certifies to the commission, and the commission, upon investigation, determines, that volumes of reports in the possession of the town clerk are not of substantial use to the people of the town, the volumes shall be delivered to the commission or its agent for the use of the state or for sale to the public on behalf of the state. The commission may utilize for the purposes of this section any volumes which may be turned over to the state by the town clerks or other public officers or agencies.

      (1949 Rev., S. 169, 1645; 1949, 1951, 1953, S. 3125d; 1957, P.A. 176, S. 8; 1961, P.A. 492, S. 2; 1969, P.A. 652, S. 1; P.A. 82-248, S. 119; P.A. 89-251, S. 188, 203; P.A. 95-176, S. 2; P.A. 96-88, S. 7, 9.)

      History: 1961 act deleted provision for furnishing copies of Connecticut Practice Book and its supplements to Connecticut attorneys free of charge; 1969 act required that commission furnish Connecticut Law Journal free of charge to member of general assembly who requests it during his term of office; P.A. 82-248 rephrased the section, inserted Subsec. indicators, added provisions to Subsec. (a) re selling and publishing agents, power to contract and custody and sale of electroplates and stereotypes which were formerly part of Sec. 51-216a, added Subsec. (b) which was formerly part of Sec. 51-216a and added Subsec. (d) which was formerly part of Secs. 51-23 and 51-216a; Sec. 51-18 transferred to Sec. 51-216b in 1983; P.A. 89-251 provided for the increase of fees by 10%, rounded to the next highest dollar, on July 1, 1989; P.A. 95-176 amended Subsec. (a) by adding reference to electronic bulletin board services and deleted obsolete provision re increase in price of publication effective July 1, 1989, and amended Subsec. (b)(1) by adding provision re refund of overpayments; P.A. 96-88 deleted references to repealed Sec. 4a-68 in Subsecs. (b)(2) and (d), effective July 1, 1996.

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      Sec. 51-216c. (Formerly Sec. 51-17). Director of production and distribution. The commission shall, from time to time, appoint, fix the salaries of, and prescribe the duties of, a director of production and distribution and the necessary employees of his office.

      (1957, P.A. 176, S. 7; P.A. 82-298, S. 1.)

      History: P.A. 82-298 changed "supervisor" to "director"; Sec. 51-17 transferred to Sec. 51-216c in 1983.

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