Exactly which Connecticut Supreme Court justices get to sit on a case can control its outcome. And a current battle over that control is a sign of deeper unrest on the high bench.

Unlike the U.S. Supreme Court, where all nine justices sit for all arguments, a Connecticut “full court” can mean five, six or seven justices, with or without the chief justice. If there are absences or disqualifications, Superior Court jurists can be tapped. Before the case is argued, the chief justice decides the panel.