United States District Court for the District of Connecticut

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District of Connecticut
Second Circuit
Chief:Janet HallJudges:8
Active judges
Senior Judges
Magistrate Judges
Former Judges
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
More than 40%
1 Court
1.1 Vacancy warning level
1.2 Jurisdiction
1.2.1 Cases heard
1.2.2 Case load
1.3 Clerk's office
1.4 History
1.4.1 Court history
1.4.2 Judicial posts
1.4.3 Notable decisions
1.4.4 Federal courthouse
1.5 Major news
1.6 See also
1.7 External links
1.8 References
2 Judges

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.

The United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is Deirdre Daly .[1]

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 Counties of Connecticut (click for larger map)

The jurisdiction of the District of Connecticut consists of all the counties in the state of Connecticut.

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.

Cases heard

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.

Case load

Federal Court Case Load Statistics*
YearStarting case load:Cases filed:Total cases:Cases terminated:Remaining cases:Median time(Criminal)**:Median time(Civil)**:3 Year Civil cases#:Vacant posts:## Trials/Post
2012 3072265257242559 316513.79.5210 (8.8%)10.115
2011 3000260656062501 3105128.7171 (7.2%)012
2010 2880279256722687 298511.37.1210(9.0%)011
2009 2939271956582816 284214.58.4180(8.2%)011
2008 3202248756892781 290814.310.1269(12.0%)011
*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.
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Clerk's office

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:

Branch Address Phone number
Bridgeport Division 915 Lafayette Boulevard

Bridgeport, Connecticut 06902

(203) 579-5861
Hartford Division 450 Main Street

Hartford, Connecticut 06103

(860) 240-3200
New Haven Division 141 Church Street

New Haven, Connecticut 06510

(203) 773-2140


Court history

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.[3]

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the District of Connecticut:

Year Statute Total Seats
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

Notable cases

For a searchable list of opinions, please see Opinions for the District of Connecticut.

Federal courthouse

The Abraham Ribicoff Federal Building

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.[6]

Major news

For new stories and other related material see Connecticut judicial news.

External links


District of Connecticut
Second Circuit
Chief:Janet HallJudges:8
Active judges
Senior Judges
Magistrate Judges
Former Judges
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
More than 40%
1 Court
2 Judges
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

Active judges

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Judge Robert Chatigny1952Taunton, MAClinton 9/28/1994 - Present2003 - 2009Warren EgintonBrown U., B.A., 1973Georgetown U. Law, J.D., 1978
Judge Janet Arterton1944Philadelphia, PAClinton 3/24/1995 - PresentJose CabranesMount Holyoke College B.A., 1966Northeastern U. Law, J.D., 1977
Judge Vanessa Bryant1954Queens, NYW. Bush 4/2/2007 - PresentDominic SquatritoHoward University, B.A., 1975U. of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 1978
Chief Judge Janet Hall1948Lowell, MAClinton 9/18/1997 - Present2013 - PresentGilroy DalyMount Holyoke College, B.A., 1970New York U. Law, J.D., 1973
Judge Alvin Thompson1953Baltimore, MDClinton 9/14/1994 - Present2009 - 2013Ellen BurnsPrinceton, B.A., 1975Yale Law, J.D., 1978
Judge Stefan Underhill1956Battle Creek, MIClinton 7/7/1999 - PresentPeter DorseyVirginia U., B.A., 1978, Rhodes Scholar, 1981Yale Law, J.D., 1984
Judge Michael SheaObama 12/5/2012 - PresentChristopher DroneyAmherst College, B.A., 1989Yale Law, J.D., 1993
Judge Jeffrey Meyer1963Branford, ConnecticutObama 2/25/2914-PresentMark KravitzYale, B.A., 1985Yale Law, J.D., 1989

Pending appointments

There are no current pending appointments for the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.

Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge Ellen BurnsCarter 5/18/1978 - 9/1/19921988 - 19929/1/1992 - PresentAlbertus Magnus College, B.A., 1944Yale Law School, LL.B., 1947
Senior Judge Alfred CovelloH.W. Bush 8/17/1992 - 2/4/20031998 - 20032/4/2003 - PresentHarvard, B.A., 1954U. of Connecticut Law, J.D., 1960
Senior Judge Warren EgintonCarter 7/24/1979 - 8/1/19928/1/1992 - PresentPrinceton U., B.A., 1948Yale Law, LL.B., 1951
Senior Judge Dominic SquatritoClinton 10/7/1994 - 11/1/200411/1/2004 - PresentWesleyan U., B.A., 1961Yale Law, LL.B., 1965

Magistrate judges

Magistrate Judge Holly Fitzsimmons6/4/1993 - PresentSmith College, B.A., 1971U. of Virginia, J.D., 1976
Magistrate Judge William Garfinkel1996 - PresentYale College, B.A., 1977Yale Law School, J.D., 1981
Magistrate Judge Joan Margolis1985-PresentBrandeis UniversityUniversity of Connecticut
Magistrate Judge Donna Martinez2/8/1994 - PresentU. of Connecticut, B.A., 1973U. of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 1978
Magistrate Judge Thomas Smith

Past judges

Former Chief judges

Former Chief JudgesTerm
T. Emmet Clarie1974 - 1983
Robert Palmer Anderson1960 - 1964
Mosher Blumenfeld1971 - 1974
Gilroy Daly1983 - 1988
John Joseph Smith1953 - 1960
Carroll Hincks1948 - 1953
William Timbers1964 - 1971
Alvin Thompson2009 - 2013
Alfred Covello1998 - 2003
Ellen Burns1988 - 1992
Robert Chatigny2003 - 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.[1][2]

Former judges

Seat 1Seat 2Seat 3
Smith10/30/1941 - 9/13/1960
Townsend3/28/1892 - 1/21/1902
Timbers9/2/1960 - 8/6/1971
Newman1971 - 1979
Davis Shipman3/12/1860-4/16/1873
Law9/26/1789 - 1/26/1806
Arterton3/24/1995 - Present
Anderson4/27/1954 - 8/20/1964
Daly8/5/1977 - 7/11/1996
Zampano8/15/1964- 6/1/1977
Hincks1/24/1931 - 12/7/1953
Booth Burrows2/3/1928-10/20/1930
Hall9/18/1997 - Present
Blumenfeld8/15/1961 - 1/20/1977
Thompson9/14/1994 - Present
Burns5/18/1978 - 9/1/1992
Seat 4Seat 5Seat 6
Clarie9/18/1961 - 1/1/1983
Underhill7/7/1999 - Present
Dorsey7/19/1983 - 1/2/1998
Eginton7/24/1979 - 8/1/1992
Chatigny9/28/1994 - Present
Shea12/5/2012 - Present
Nevas10/17/1985 - 3/27/1997
Droney1997 - 2011
Seat 7Seat 8 
Kravitz6/12/2003 - 9/30/2012
Covello8/17/1992 - 2/4/2003
Squatrito10/7/1994 - 11/1/2004
Bryant4/2/2007 - Present

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