Justices of the Peace

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About 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 

  • Have general oath giving powers (CGS 1-24)
  • May take acknowledgments (CGS 1-29)
  • May join persons in marriage (CSG 46b-22)
  • May take depositions (CGS 52-148c) 

The number of Justices of the Peace for the Town of Durham is set by town ordinance at thirty (30). Ten Justices of the Peace are nominated by each of the major parties and ten 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.

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Ten justices nominated by each major party and ten justices chosen from among unaffiliated and minor party members. Appointed to four year terms.
Martin Anderson
Democrat
Republican
Ind
UNAffiliated
GREEN
Libertarian
Working Families
Justice of the Peace
Term:
-
Jan 2025
Scott T. Wright
Democrat
Republican
Ind
UNAffiliated
GREEN
Libertarian
Working Families
Justice of the Peace
860-558-2163
Term:
Jan 2021
-
Jan 2025
Helen K. Pearce
Democrat
Republican
Ind
UNAffiliated
GREEN
Libertarian
Working Families
860-349-9163
Term:
Jan 2021
-
Jan 2025
Diane C. Moore
Democrat
Republican
Ind
UNAffiliated
GREEN
Libertarian
Working Families
redcmoore@comcast.net
860-349-9817
Term:
Jan 2021
-
Jan 2025
James W. McLaughlin
Democrat
Republican
Ind
UNAffiliated
GREEN
Libertarian
Working Families
jacobus13@comcast.net
860-349-8415
Term:
Jan 2021
-
Jan 2025
Wendy Manemeit
Democrat
Republican
Ind
UNAffiliated
GREEN
Libertarian
Working Families
wmanemeit@hotmail.com
860-538-1221
Term:
Jan 2021
-
Jan 2025
Geraldine A. Lombard
Democrat
Republican
Ind
UNAffiliated
GREEN
Libertarian
Working Families
geraldinelombard17@sbcglobal.net
860-349-2500
Term:
Jan 2021
-
Jan 2025
William LaFlamme
Democrat
Republican
Ind
UNAffiliated
GREEN
Libertarian
Working Families
wclaflamme@snet.net
860-638-8765
Term:
Jan 2021
-
Jan 2025
Kristan M. Higgins
Democrat
Republican
Ind
UNAffiliated
GREEN
Libertarian
Working Families
k.higgins@snet.net
860-874-7862
Term:
Jan 2021
-
Jan 2025
Laura L. Francis
Democrat
Republican
Ind
UNAffiliated
GREEN
Libertarian
Working Families
laurafrancis2007@gmail.com
860-463-2406
Term:
Jan 2021
-
Jan 2025
Katharine W. Forline
Democrat
Republican
Ind
UNAffiliated
GREEN
Libertarian
Working Families
kwforline@gmail.com
860-930-0890
Term:
Jan 2021
-
Jan 2025
Richard G. Eriksen
Democrat
Republican
Ind
UNAffiliated
GREEN
Libertarian
Working Families
rjeriksen@aol.com
860-349-1247
Term:
Jan 2021
-
Jan 2025
Frank C. DeFelice
Democrat
Republican
Ind
UNAffiliated
GREEN
Libertarian
Working Families
Term:
Jan 2021
-
Jan 2025
Judy A. Caturano
Democrat
Republican
Ind
UNAffiliated
GREEN
Libertarian
Working Families
heyjude45@comcast.net
860-918-0659
Term:
Jan 2021
-
Jan 2025
Linda Torres
Democrat
Republican
Ind
UNAffiliated
GREEN
Libertarian
Working Families
LMTorres19@gmail.com
203-298-8657
Term:
Jul 2023
-
Jan 2025

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