Connecticut chief justice reappointment clears committee

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A key legislative committee is supporting the reappointment of Chase Rogers as chief justice of the Connecticut State Supreme Court despite complaints from people frustrated by their experiences with the state’s family, foreclosure and probate courts.

Members of the Judiciary Committee unanimously supported Rogers in a vote early Saturday morning.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy nominated Rogers for a second, eight-year term. Her nomination now moves to the full General Assembly.

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Republican Sen. John Kissel says it’s a “blessing” to have Rogers oversee the Judicial Branch.

But Democratic Rep. Minnie Gonzalez questioned Rogers for about two hours, saying she wants everyone who uses the court system to be treated respectfully.

Rogers agreed, pointing out how she’s taken steps to improve “access to justice” and make the courts more transparent.

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