Keep public notices in newspapers – Meriden Record-Journal

01/02/2020 – Editorial The Connecticut court system has decided to move required public notices out of newspapers, preferring to list them on its own website instead. We say that in Read More …

Understanding Connecticut’s FOIA – JDSupra

12/17/19 – By Mark J. Sommaruga, Esq. Do We Really Have To Deal With All of These FOIA Requests (And Are We Obliged To Deal With “Vexatious Requesters”)?    As Read More …

Can There be a “Meeting” Under the FOIA in the Absence of a Quorum? The Appellate Court Just Spoke (but stay tuned). – JDSupra

09/20/19 – By Mark Sommaruga A common view has been that in the absence of a quorum, a “meeting” of a public agency that would be subject to Connecticut’s Freedom Read More …

So You Want To Hire A New Superintendent: What Does The FOIA Permit (And Require)? – JD Supra

05/16/19 – By Pullman & Comley -School Law & Mark Sommaruga We are approaching a time of year where a board of education may have to deal with its long Read More …

UNDERSTANDING CONNECTICUT’S FOIA: Electronic participation by board members at meetings: When and how it can be “legal”? – JD Supra

01/11/19 – By Pullman & Comley A common problem for boards of education is getting enough members in attendance at a board meeting in order to have a quorum (usually, Read More …

Audio of Supreme Court Oral Arguments Available via Judicial Branch Website – Connecticut Judicial Department

12/14/18 The Supreme Court has made available on its website, free of charge, audio recordings of oral arguments: https://www.jud.ct.gov/supremecourt/Audio/OralArgumentsAudio.aspx The audio is available from the Court’s Second Term, which began on Read More …

Connecticut Judiciary’s Struggle to Climb Out of the Dark Ages – Connecticut Law Tribune

12/07/18 – By Connecticut Editorial Board Between 2003 and 2006, Connecticut’s Judicial Branch was developing an increasingly dreadful public image, with revelations of an arcane “super-secret” file system, courtroom signs Read More …

Hearing Officer: Derby Violated FOI Act – Valley Independent Sentinel

09/26/18 – By Eugene Driscoll A hearing officer with the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission determined the Derby Police Department and the City of Derby violated state open government laws Read More …

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer on the First Amendment – The Connecticut Forum, “An Evening with Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer”

Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer responds to audience questions about the First Amendment posed by moderator Norah O’Donnell. Breyer was a featured panelist at The Connecticut Forum, “An Evening Read More …

Five Ways To Find The ‘Real News’ Media – Hartford Courant

03/11/18 – By David Fink I fear — as I read so many ignorant, obstinate comments about news and the reporters who gather it — that our democracy is at Read More …