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Justices of the Peace

The office of Justice of the Peace originated in England and was brought to this country by the early colonists. The office existed in Connecticut in some form from the beginning of the colony.

At one time when this State had a multi-tiered Court system with substantial judicial business being conducted by municipal and city Court judges, the elected Justice of the Peace had substantial authority with respect to the administration of minor Courts in this State. Over the years, the scope of authority of this official has been narrowed so that in 1988 the role of the Justice of the Peace is limited to certain grants of authority enumerated by statute.

Justices of the Peace

1) Have general oath giving powers (CGS 1-24)

2) May take acknowledgments (CGS 1-29)

3) May join persons in marriage (CSG 46b-22)

4) May take depositions (CGS 52-148c)

The number of Justices of the Peace for the Town of Durham is set by town ordinance at eighteen (18). Six Justices of the Peace are nominated by each of the major parties and six Justices are chosen per state statute from among the unaffiliated and minor party members. Justices are selected during the year of the Presidential election and serve a four-year term. 


 Term:     January 3, 2017 to January 4, 2021    
Kurt T. Bober      kurt.bober@yahoo.com 860-349-0000 
Peter Cascini   pcascini@comcast.net 860-349-2309 
Judy A. Caturano    heyjude45@comcast.net 860-918-0659 
William LaFlamme   wclaflamme@snet.net  860-638-8765
Richard G. Eriksen   rjeriksen@aol.com 860-349-1247 
Katharine W. Forline  Katharinetaylor@comcast.net D 860-349-0138 
Laura L. Francis  laurafrancis2007@gmail.com R 860-463-2406
Ethel S. Heyl    860-349-3121
Kristan Higgins  k.higgins@snet.net  860-349-8829 
Geraldine A. Lombard  geraldinelombard@sbcglobal.net   860-349-2500 
Wendy Manemeit  wmanemeit@hotmail.com   860-539-7902 
Ronald Markham  rjmark@att.net  860-349-3816 
James McLaughlin  jacobus13@comcast.net  860-349-8415 
Lisa Mentlick   lbettylou2@comcast.net U 860-930-2706 
Diane Moore   redcmoore@comcast.net 860-349-9817 
Helen K. Pearce    860-349-9163 
Scott T. Wright    860-558-2163