Open main menu

United States District Court for the District of Connecticut

The United States District Court for the District of Connecticut (in case citations, D. Conn.) is the Federal district court whose jurisdiction is the state of Connecticut. The court has offices in Bridgeport, Hartford, and New Haven. Appeals from the court are heard by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. It was one of the original 13 courts established by the Judiciary Act of 1789, 1 Stat. 73, on September 24, 1789.[1] The Court initially had a single judge, and remained so composed until March 3, 1927, when a second judge was added by 1927 44 Stat. 1348.[1] Six additional judgeships were created between 1961 and 1990 to bring about the current total of eight judges.[1] Court offices at Hartford and New Haven are located in the Abraham A. Ribicoff Federal Building and the Richard C. Lee United States Courthouse.

United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
(D. Conn.)
Connecticut blank.svg
LocationRichard C. Lee U.S. Courthouse
More locations
Appeals toSecond Circuit
EstablishedSeptember 24, 1789
Chief JudgeStefan R. Underhill
Officers of the court
U.S. AttorneyJohn Durham

Cases decided by the District of Connecticut are appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).

The United States Attorney's Office for the District of Connecticut represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current United States Attorney is John Durham.

The current United States Marshal for the District of Connecticut is Joseph P. Faughnan, the former Chief of Police for the Town of Clinton, Connecticut.

Current judgesEdit

As of June 3, 2019:

# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
33 Chief Judge Stefan R. Underhill Bridgeport 1956 1999–present 2018–present Clinton
32 District Judge Janet C. Hall New Haven[2] 1948 1997–present 2013–2018 Clinton
35 District Judge Vanessa Lynne Bryant Hartford 1954 2007–present G.W. Bush
36 District Judge Michael P. Shea Hartford 1967 2012–present Obama
37 District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer New Haven 1963 2014–present Obama
38 District Judge Victor Allen Bolden Bridgeport 1965 2014–present Obama
39 District Judge Kari A. Dooley Bridgeport 1963 2018–present Trump
40 District Judge vacant
22 Senior Judge Warren William Eginton Bridgeport 1924 1979–1992 1992–present Carter
26 Senior Judge Alfred V. Covello Hartford 1933 1992–2003 1998–2003 2003–present G.H.W. Bush
27 Senior Judge Robert N. Chatigny Hartford 1952 1994–2017 2003–2009 2017–present Clinton
28 Senior Judge Dominic J. Squatrito Hartford 1939 1994–2004 2004–present Clinton
29 Senior Judge Alvin W. Thompson Hartford 1953 1994–2018 2009–2013 2018–present Clinton
30 Senior Judge Janet Bond Arterton New Haven 1944 1995–2014 2014–present Clinton

Vacancies and pending nominationsEdit

Seat Prior Judge's Duty Station Seat last held by Vacancy reason Date of vacancy Nominee Date of nomination
3 Hartford Alvin W. Thompson Senior status August 31, 2018 Barbara Bailey Jongbloed pending

Former judgesEdit

# Judge State Born–died Active service Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
1 Richard Law CT 1733–1806 1789–1806 Washington death
2 Pierpont Edwards CT 1750–1826 1806–1826 Jefferson death
3 William Bristol CT 1779–1836 1826–1836 J.Q. Adams death
4 Andrew T. Judson CT 1784–1853 1836–1853 Jackson death
5 Charles A. Ingersoll CT 1798–1860 1853–1860 Pierce death
6 William Davis Shipman CT 1818–1898 1860–1873 Buchanan resignation
7 Nathaniel Shipman CT 1828–1906 1873–1892[Note 1] Grant elevation to 2d Cir.
8 William Kneeland Townsend CT 1849–1907 1892–1902 B. Harrison elevation to 2d Cir.
9 James Perry Platt CT 1851–1913 1902–1913 T. Roosevelt death
10 Edwin Stark Thomas CT 1872–1952 1913–1939 Wilson resignation
11 Warren Booth Burrows CT 1877–1952 1928–1930 Coolidge resignation
12 Carroll C. Hincks CT 1889–1964 1931–1953 1948–1953 Hoover elevation to 2d Cir.
13 J. Joseph Smith CT 1904–1980 1941–1960 1953–1960 F. Roosevelt elevation to 2d Cir.
14 Robert P. Anderson CT 1906–1978 1954–1964 1960–1964 Eisenhower elevation to 2d Cir.
15 William H. Timbers CT 1915–1994 1960–1971 1964–1971 Eisenhower elevation to 2d Cir.
16 Mosher Joseph Blumenfeld CT 1904–1988 1961–1977 1971–1974 1977–1988 Kennedy death
17 T. Emmet Clarie CT 1913–1997 1961–1983 1974–1983 1983–1997 Kennedy death
18 Robert C. Zampano CT 1928–2004 1964–1977 1977–1994 L. Johnson retirement
19 Jon O. Newman CT 1932–present 1971–1979 Nixon elevation to 2d Cir.
20 T. F. Gilroy Daly CT 1931–1996 1977–1996 1983–1988 Carter death
21 Ellen Bree Burns CT 1923–2019 1978–1992 1988–1992 1992–2019 Carter death
23 José A. Cabranes CT 1940–present 1979–1994 1992–1994 Carter elevation to 2d Cir.
24 Peter Collins Dorsey CT 1931–2012 1983–1998 1994–1998 1998–2012 Reagan death
25 Alan Harris Nevas CT 1928–present 1985–1997 1997–2009 Reagan retirement
31 Christopher F. Droney CT 1954–present 1997–2011 Clinton elevation to 2d Cir.
34 Mark R. Kravitz CT 1950–2012 2003–2012 G.W. Bush death
  1. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on December 2, 1873, confirmed by the United States Senate on December 8, 1873, and received commission the same day.

Chief judgesEdit

Chief judges have administrative responsibilities with respect to their district court. Unlike the Supreme Court, where one justice is specifically nominated to be chief, the office of chief judge rotates among the district court judges. To be chief, a judge must have been in active service on the court for at least one year, be under the age of 65, and have not previously served as chief judge. A vacancy is filled by the judge highest in seniority among the group of qualified judges. The chief judge serves for a term of seven years or until age 70, whichever occurs first. The age restrictions are waived if no members of the court would otherwise be qualified for the position.

When the office was created in 1948, the chief judge was the longest-serving judge who had not elected to retire on what has since 1958 been known as senior status or declined to serve as chief judge. After August 6, 1959, judges could not become or remain chief after turning 70 years old. The current rules have been in operation since October 1, 1982.

Succession of seatsEdit

List of U.S. AttorneysEdit

See alsoEdit


External linksEdit