Office of the Chief State's Attorney
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State of Connecticut
Division of Criminal
Office of the Chief State's Attorney
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday
Interstate 91 Exit 23
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Located in Rocky Hill, Connecticut, the Office of the Chief State's Attorney
is responsible for the statewide administrative functions of the Division
of Criminal Justice.
In addition to budget, personnel and other administrative functions, the
Office of the Chief State's Attorney includes specialized units for the
investigation and prosecution of certain criminal matters and for representing
the state in appellate and other legal matters.
KEVIN T. KANE is the seventh person to hold the title of
Chief State’s Attorney and the longest-serving Chief State's Attorney since the
position was created in 1973. A state prosecutor for 45 years,
he was appointed by the Criminal Justice Commission as the state's
chief law enforcement officer effective September 5, 2006, and reappointed
in 2011 and 2016.
Chief State's Attorneys
Kevin T. Kane
Christopher L. Morano
2002 - 2006
John M. Bailey
Richard N. Palmer
John J. Kelly
Austin J. McGuigan
Joseph T. Gormley
As Chief State's Attorney, Mr. Kane is the administrative head of the
Division of Criminal Justice, the independent agency of the executive branch of
state government that is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of
all criminal matters in the State of Connecticut.
The Division includes the offices of the State’s Attorney for each of the
thirteen Judicial Districts in the State of Connecticut and the Office of the
Chief State's Attorney in Rocky Hill, Connecticut.
Attorney Kane began his career in state service as an Assistant
Prosecuting Attorney for the former 9th Circuit Court in Middletown in August
1972 and was promoted to Prosecuting Attorney in the fall of 1973. He
transferred to the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney in November 1978 where
he served as the Unit Chief of the former Special Investigations Unit. In
1986 he transferred to the Office of the State’s Attorney for the Judicial
District of New London where he was promoted to Senior Assistant State’s
Attorney in 1988 and Supervisory Assistant State’s Attorney in 1990.
He was appointed by the Criminal Justice Commission as State’s Attorney for
the Judicial District of New London effective January 4, 1995. He served as
State’s Attorney until his appointment as Chief State's Attorney in 2006.
Chief State's Attorney Kane earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Marquette
University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and his Juris Doctorate from the
University of Connecticut School of Law.
The Chief State's Attorney's Office operates the following specialized
The Appellate Bureau is responsible for representing the State of
Connecticut in the vast majority of appeals challenging criminal convictions.
This bureau, which employs approximately twenty-five prosecutors, prepares
written legal arguments (briefs) and presentations (oral argument) before the
Connecticut Supreme Court and the Connecticut Appellate Court.
In any given year, the Bureau will have some 800 separate cases pending
before the state's appeals courts and another dozen before the United States
Supreme Court. Among these cases are appeals of the convictions of
those sentenced to death in Connecticut.
The centralization of appellate litigation in a single bureau serving the
entire State permits prosecutors to become appellate specialists. These
attorneys track development and trends throughout the state's trial courts,
and also conduct important research for the Chief State's Attorney on criminal
justice issues and training.
Civil Litigation Bureau
The Civil Litigation Bureau is primarily responsible for state and federal
habeas corpus actions in which a convict challenges the lawfulness of his or
her criminal conviction in a civil court action. The Civil Litigation Bureau
also is responsible for responding to civil subpoenas of investigative and
other records of the Division of Criminal Justice or seeking injunctive or
Criminal Housing Matters
The Division of Criminal Justice is responsible for the prosecution of criminal
housing matters through the Supervisory Assistant State's
Attorney for Housing Matters in the Office of the Chief State's Attorney and
prosecutors assigned to the Superior Court housing sessions statewide.
Housing prosecutors are committed to the maintenance of decent, safe and
sanitary housing, handling cases from investigation through criminal trial.
Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigates and prosecutes fraud and
abuse, including physical abuse and neglect of patients, in facilities that
receive funding from Medicaid, a state and federally funded program that pays
health care expenses for low-income individuals.
The Statewide Prosecution Bureau is responsible for the investigation and
prosecution of "white collar" crimes, including government corruption. Program
areas include criminal violations of the environmental protection laws,
government corruption and other offenses against public integrity. The bureau
includes the Cold Case Unit, which is responsible for the investigation
and prosecution of serious crimes that have gone "cold," or unsolved for a
long period of time. The cases assigned to this Unit typically include
unsolved murders, some of which took place decades ago. The Unit works closely
with the State's Attorneys, the Connecticut State Police, municipal police departments, and
nationally recognized forensics experts, utilizing the latest technology to
solve these crimes.
The LeRoy Brown, Jr. and Karen Clarke Witness Protection Program
is also operated under the Statewide Prosecution Bureau. This
statewide program operates in cooperation with the State's Attorneys and
local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to identify and protect
witnesses in criminal proceedings where there is evidence of substantial
danger that the witness may suffer from intimidation or retaliatory violence.
The unit was formally created in 1999 with the enactment of Public Act 99-240,
which established the Leroy Brown, Jr. and Karen Clarke Witness Protection
Through a variety of means, tailored to the individual circumstances
presented by each witness, the Witness Protection Unit coordinates protection
both to protect their safety and the interest of justice. Services can
include temporary relocation, semi-permanent relocation in or outside of
Connecticut and police protection. The Unit provides some form of
assistance to approximately 200 individuals each year.
Workers' Compensation Fraud Control Unit
The Workers' Compensation Fraud Control Unit has two
primary goals: the prosecution of fraud against the Workers' Compensation
system, which compensates workers who are injured on the job, and public
awareness of the problem of Workers' Compensation fraud.
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