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This blog will sometimes be scholarly, sometimes purely practical, and sometimes just musings by members of the firm on life in the appellate courts and on professional responsibility.

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As the annotators to the Practice Book, we would like to share the most recently adopted revisions to the Rules of Appellate Procedure, which will take effect on January 1, 2021. The following is a general description of each of the changes. For more detailed information, see https://jud.ct.gov/HomePDFs/AdoptedRulesAppellateNotice.pdf. Sec. 61-9. Decisions Subsequent to Filing of Appeal; Amended Appeals. This section received minor changes to clarify that if you file a subsequent appeal when there is already a pending appeal, the court may treat it as an amended appeal instead of a new appeal. The amendments further clarify the existing rule that an amended appeal (and a subsequent appeal t

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