House Bill No. 5741
               House Bill No. 5741

               PUBLIC ACT NO. 98-54


AN ACT CONCERNING TERMINALLY ILL LITIGANTS.


    Be  it  enacted  by  the  Senate  and House of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    (NEW)   (a)   Any  civil  action  to  which  a
terminally  ill  person  is  a  party   shall   be
privileged   in  assignment  for  trial.  For  the
purpose of this section, "terminally ill" means in
the  final  stage  of an incurable or irreversible
medical  condition  which  will  result  in  death
within  a relatively short time, in the opinion of
the attending physician.
    (b)  The  judges of the Superior Court may, in
accordance with the provisions of section 51-14 of
the   general   statutes,   adopt  rules  for  the
precedence of actions pursuant to this section.

Approved May 19, 1998