United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire

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District of New Hampshire
First Circuit
Judges: 3
Posts: 3
Vacancies: 0
Active judges
Chief: Joseph Laplante
Senior Judges
Magistrate Judges
Former Judges
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
More than 40%

The United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire is one of ninety-four United States district courts. When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the First Circuit Court of Appeals based in downtown Boston at the John Joseph Moakley Federal Courthouse.

The United States Attorney for the District of New Hampshire represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is John P. Kacavas.[1]

Vacancy warning level

The United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire's vacancy warning level is green. The court has no vacancies out of their three posts.

Pending nominations

There are no pending nominations for the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire.

Active judges

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Judge Paul Barbadoro1955Providence, RIH.W. Bush 10/9/1992 - Present1997 - 2004Shane DevineGettysburg College, B.A., 1977Boston College Law, J.D., 1980
Chief Judge Joseph Laplante1965Nashua, NHW. Bush 12/28/2007 - Present2011 - PresentJoseph DiClericoGeorgetown U., A.B., 1987Georgetown U. Law, J.D., 1990
Judge Landya McCafferty1962Portsmouth, New HampshireObama December 12, 2013 - PresentSteven McAuliffeHarvard, A.B., 1984Northeastern U. Law, J.D., 1991

Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge Steven McAuliffeH.W. Bush 10/10/1992 - 3/31/20132004 - 20114/1/2013-PresentVirginia Military Institute, B.A., 1970Georgetown U. Law, J.D., 1973
Senior Judge Joseph DiClericoH.W. Bush 8/17/1992 - 3/15/20071992 - 19973/15/2007 - PresentWilliams College, B.A., 1963Yale Law, LL.B., 1966

Magistrate judges

Magistrate Judge Andrea K. Johnstone6/16/2014-6/16/2022Wheaton CollegeHofstra University, 1998


The Counties of New Hampshire (click for larger map)

The District of New Hampshire has original jurisdiction over cases filed within its jurisdiction. These cases can include civil and criminal matters that fall under federal law.

The jurisdiction of the District of New Hampshire consists of all the counties in the state of New Hampshire. The court's headquarters are in Concord.




Federal Court Caseload 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
2013 6517731424781 64310.68.16 (1.2%)6.011
2012 7627311493853 640119.76 (1.3%)012
2011 6938531546802 744117.913 (2.3%)016
2010 6398241463764 699107.27(1.5%)09
2009 6787691447798 649117.812(3.3%)013
2008 6997581457764 693127.913(2.9%)2.416
*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.

Notable cases

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


The District of Massachusetts was established by Congress with one judicial post on September 24, 1789, and assigned to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eastern Circuit, and then was later reassigned to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in 1801. Over time two additional judicial posts were added for a total of three current posts.[7]

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the District of Kansas:[7]

Year Statute Total Seats
September 24, 1789 1 Stat. 73 1
October 20, 1978 92 Stat. 1629 2
December 1, 1990 104 Stat. 5089 3

Former chief judges

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.[8][9]

Former judges

For judges of the District of New Hampshire, see former federal judges of the District of New Hampshire.

Federal courthouse

The Warren B. Rudman U.S. Courthouse for the New Hampshire district is located in Concord.

See also

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