PA 07-115—SB 1437

Judiciary Committee

Planning and Development Committee

Public Health Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING THE DATE OF BIRTH OF ADOPTED PERSONS BORN OUTSIDE OF THE COUNTRY AND NOTICE PROVIDED BY THE COUNCIL ON PROBATE JUDICIAL CONDUCT

SUMMARY: This act permits people (1) born outside the United States and (2) adopted by Connecticut residents to obtain a probate court ruling to establish their biological age and date of birth. It requires the Department of Public Health (DPH) to conform its records to the court decree.

The act also extends, from three to seven business days, the time within which the Council on Probate Judicial Conduct must notify the complaining party and judge of the completion of its investigation of a complaint alleging judicial misconduct. By law, the notice must indicate whether the council found probable cause that the judge engaged in misconduct.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2007

AGE DETERMINATIONS

The act permits an adoptive parent or adoptee age 18 or older to ask the probate court where the adoptee lives to determine the adoptee's birth date and biological age. The court must hold a hearing and accept medical and other relevant evidence.

It must send a certified copy of its decree to DPH when it conflicts with the agency's official birth record. The act directs the department to use the birth date set by decree in all future birth records.

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