Bonelli v. Bonelli

In Bonelli v. Bonelli, 214 Conn. 14, 570 A.2d 189 (1990), the trial judge, prior to his appointment to the bench, had been cocounsel in another matter with counsel for one of the parties. Id., 15. The Supreme Court looked to the "very limited" role of the judge in that association and the amount of time, fourteen months, that had elapsed after the association with counsel terminated. Id., 18. Examining the totality of the circumstances, our Supreme Court reversed this court's decision requiring disqualification. Id., 22. While stating that extensive business and professional relationships may require a different result, the court took into account "the realities of modern litigation" in refusing to place a burden on the judicial system without "justification." Id.