United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
The United States District Court for the District of Connecticut is a United States district court whose jurisdiction is the state of Connecticut. The court has offices in Bridgeport, Hartford and New Haven, Connecticut.
Vacancy warning level
The United States District Court for the District of Connecticut's vacancy warning level is currently set at yellow. The court currently has no vacancies out of their eight posts. There are no pending appointments for the district.
The court's headquarters are in New Haven, with additional courthouses in Bridgeport and Hartford, Connecticut.
When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals based in lower Manhattan at the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Federal Courthouse in the New York City area.
The District of Connecticut has original jurisdiction over cases filed within its jurisdiction. These cases can include civil and criminal matters that fall under federal law.
|Federal Court Case Load Statistics*|
|Year||Starting case load:||Cases filed:||Total cases:||Cases terminated:||Remaining cases:||Median time(Criminal)**:||Median time(Civil)**:||3 Year Civil cases#:||Vacant posts:##||Trials/Post|
|*All statistics are taken from the Official Federal Courts' Website and reflect the calendar year through September. **Time in months from filing to completion.|
#This statistic includes cases which have been appealed in higher courts. ##This is the total number of months that any judicial posts had spent vacant that year.
The District of Connecticut has three separate courthouses. The current Clerk of Court is Robin D. Tabora. For a list of days the court will be closed please see the list on the lower right hand side of this page:District of Connecticut homepage. Please consult the chart below for more information:
|Bridgeport Division||915 Lafayette Boulevard
Bridgeport, Connecticut 06902
|Hartford Division||450 Main Street
Hartford, Connecticut 06103
|New Haven Division||141 Church Street
New Haven, Connecticut 06510
The District of Connecticut was established by Congress on September 24, 1789 with one post to cover the entire state. Over time 7 additional judicial posts were added for a total of 8 current posts.
The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the District of Connecticut:
|September 24, 1789||1 Stat. 73||1|
|March 3, 1927||44 Stat. 1348||2|
|May 19, 1961||75 Stat. 80||4|
|October 20, 1978||92 Stat. 1629||5|
|July 10, 1984||98 Stat. 333||6|
|December 1, 1990||104 Stat. 5089||8|
For a searchable list of opinions, please see Opinions for the District of Connecticut.
| • Graduations cannot be held at church (2010) Judge(s):Janet Hall|
|On May 31, 2010, Judge Hall ruled that school districts in the State of Connecticut could not hold their high school graduation ceremonies in a church. The judge said that having graduation held at a church with identifiable religious symbols constitutes endorsing an official religion. The ruling prevented the Enfield School District from having two ceremonies at the church on June 23 and 24, 2010. |
| • New Haven Fire Department case (2009) Judge(s):Janet Arterton|
*New Haven Firefighters Local 825 v. City of New Haven
|On November 24, 2009, Judge Arteron issued a order to the New Haven Fire Department to promote 14 firefighters that were involved in the Ricci v. DeStefano case after winning their case in the Supreme Court of the United States. Arteron was the judge that first heard the Ricci case at the district court level.|
The Brien Mcmahon Federal Building houses the courthouse in Bridgeport, the Abraham Ribicoff Federal Bldg houses the one in Hartford, and the Richard C. Lee United States Court House houses the court in New Haven.
For new stories and other related material see Connecticut judicial news.
- United States District Court for the District of Connecticut Official Website
- United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut Official Website
- Judges of the District of Connecticut
- Opinions of the District of Connecticut
- Offices of the United States Attorneys, Official list
- Court contact directory
- FJC History of the District of Connecticut
- The Washington Post "School graduations in church ruled unconstitutional," June 1, 2010
- "USA Today" Judge: White U.S. firefighters must be promoted, November 25, 2009
- District of Connecticut contact page
|2.1 Active Judges|
|2.1.1 Article III judges|
|2.1.2 Pending appointments|
|2.1.3 Senior judges|
|2.2 Past judges|
|2.2.1 Former Chief judges|
|2.2.2 Former judges|
Article III judgesThe United States District Court for the District of Connecticut has 8 posts. This is a list of the current judges on the court:
|Judge Robert Chatigny||1952||Taunton, MA||Clinton||9/28/1994 - Present||2003 - 2009||Warren Eginton||Brown U., B.A., 1973||Georgetown U. Law, J.D., 1978|
|Judge Janet Arterton||1944||Philadelphia, PA||Clinton||3/24/1995 - Present||Jose Cabranes||Mount Holyoke College B.A., 1966||Northeastern U. Law, J.D., 1977|
|Judge Vanessa Bryant||1954||Queens, NY||W. Bush||4/2/2007 - Present||Dominic Squatrito||Howard University, B.A., 1975||U. of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 1978|
|Chief Judge Janet Hall||1948||Lowell, MA||Clinton||9/18/1997 - Present||2013 - Present||Gilroy Daly||Mount Holyoke College, B.A., 1970||New York U. Law, J.D., 1973|
|Judge Alvin Thompson||1953||Baltimore, MD||Clinton||9/14/1994 - Present||2009 - 2013||Ellen Burns||Princeton, B.A., 1975||Yale Law, J.D., 1978|
|Judge Stefan Underhill||1956||Battle Creek, MI||Clinton||7/7/1999 - Present||Peter Dorsey||Virginia U., B.A., 1978, Rhodes Scholar, 1981||Yale Law, J.D., 1984|
|Judge Michael Shea||Obama||12/5/2012 - Present||Christopher Droney||Amherst College, B.A., 1989||Yale Law, J.D., 1993|
|Judge Jeffrey Meyer||1963||Branford, Connecticut||Obama||2/25/2914-Present||Mark Kravitz||Yale, B.A., 1985||Yale Law, J.D., 1989|
There are no current pending appointments for the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.
Senior judgesSee: Federal judges on senior status
The United States District Court for the District of Connecticut has 4 judges on senior status currently. This is a list of the current senior judges on the court:
|Senior Judge Ellen Burns||Carter||5/18/1978 - 9/1/1992||1988 - 1992||9/1/1992 - Present||Albertus Magnus College, B.A., 1944||Yale Law School, LL.B., 1947|
|Senior Judge Alfred Covello||H.W. Bush||8/17/1992 - 2/4/2003||1998 - 2003||2/4/2003 - Present||Harvard, B.A., 1954||U. of Connecticut Law, J.D., 1960|
|Senior Judge Warren Eginton||Carter||7/24/1979 - 8/1/1992||8/1/1992 - Present||Princeton U., B.A., 1948||Yale Law, LL.B., 1951|
|Senior Judge Dominic Squatrito||Clinton||10/7/1994 - 11/1/2004||11/1/2004 - Present||Wesleyan U., B.A., 1961||Yale Law, LL.B., 1965|
|Magistrate Judge Holly Fitzsimmons||6/4/1993 - Present||Smith College, B.A., 1971||U. of Virginia, J.D., 1976|
|Magistrate Judge William Garfinkel||1996 - Present||Yale College, B.A., 1977||Yale Law School, J.D., 1981|
|Magistrate Judge Joan Margolis||1985-Present||Brandeis University||University of Connecticut|
|Magistrate Judge Donna Martinez||2/8/1994 - Present||U. of Connecticut, B.A., 1973||U. of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 1978|
|Magistrate Judge Thomas Smith|
Former Chief judges
|T. Emmet Clarie||1974 - 1983|
|Robert Palmer Anderson||1960 - 1964|
|Mosher Blumenfeld||1971 - 1974|
|Gilroy Daly||1983 - 1988|
|John Joseph Smith||1953 - 1960|
|Carroll Hincks||1948 - 1953|
|William Timbers||1964 - 1971|
|Alvin Thompson||2009 - 2013|
|Alfred Covello||1998 - 2003|
|Ellen Burns||1988 - 1992|
|Robert Chatigny||2003 - 2009|
In order to qualify for the office of Chief Judge in one of the federal courts, 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 in the office of Chief Judge 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. Unlike the Chief Justice of the United States, a Chief Judge returns to active service after the expiration of his or her term and does not create a vacancy on the bench by the fact of his or her promotion. See 28 U.S.C. § 45.
These rules for Chief Judges in the federal judiciary have been in effect since October 1, 1982. The office of Chief Judge was created in 1948. Until August 6, 1959, the position was filled in each federal court by 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. From then until 1982 it was filled by the senior such judge who had not turned 70.
|Seat 1||Seat 2||Seat 3|
|Seat 4||Seat 5||Seat 6|
|Seat 7||Seat 8|
|Magistrate judges||Holly Fitzsimmons • William Garfinkel • Joan Margolis • Donna Martinez • Thomas Smith •|
|Former Article III judges||
Peter Dorsey • Christopher Droney • Mark Kravitz • Alan Nevas • Richard Law • Pierpont Edwards • William Bristol • Andrew Thompson Judson • Charles Anthony Ingersoll • William Davis Shipman • Nathaniel Shipman • Jon Newman • Jose Cabranes • William Timbers • William Kneeland Townsend • James Perry Platt • Edwin Stark Thomas • Warren Booth Burrows • Carroll Hincks • John Joseph Smith • Robert Zampano • Gilroy Daly • Mosher Blumenfeld • Robert Palmer Anderson • T. Emmet Clarie •
|Former Chief judges|