Judiciary Committee Shakeup Coming As Fox Leaves Legislature

, The Connecticut Law Tribune

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The Judiciary Committee is clearly the legislative panel that has the greatest impact on Connecticut lawyers, with its duties ranging from confirming judicial nominations to holding hearings on cutting-edge legal issues ranging from criminal sentencing issues to family law reform.

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  • P.S.

    Bruce Matzkin is dead on. What I and dozens of others parents saw and witnessed first hand happening in Judiciary Committee and how is completely rubber stamped whatever the Judiciary wants - is shameful and an embarrassment This is the committee that is supposed to be a check and balance against the Judiciary - the voice and oversight of the PEOPLE. Instead we see senators, most of them attorneys, just looking the other at clear examples of judicial abuse of power, violations of the Constitution, violations of law, and violations of due process. One might ask why Rep. Fox approached the Judiciary and asked them to edit the recently passed GAL system Reform bill. Did Mr. Fox miss the class on the importance of the separation of the powers of three branches of government? And did he not understand judges are not supposed to draft legislation? Does he expect to do able to do so when and if he becomes a judge? Maybe he shouldn‘t be one.

  • Bruce Matzkin

    Perhaps the new leadership on the committee will give more than lip service to their obligation to scrutinize judicial re-appointees. When there is no willingness to vote down any judges, even when the J.C. is presented with information showing a judge disregards law and procedures, the 8-year reappointment process is meaningless. This has been the regime for too long. It‘s time to make an example... when one judge is not re-confirmed, it will do more to reform the judicial culture than any change in legislation.

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