|United States District Court for the District of Connecticut|
|Location||Richard C. Lee U.S. Courthouse|
|Appeals to||Second Circuit|
|Established||September 24, 1789|
|Chief Judge||Stefan R. Underhill|
|Officers of the court|
|U.S. Attorney||John Durham|
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. 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. Six additional judgeships were created between 1961 and 1990 to bring about the current total of eight judges. Court offices at Hartford and New Haven are located in the Abraham A. Ribicoff Federal Building and the Richard C. Lee United States Courthouse.
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.
As of October 7, 2019[update]:
|#||Title||Judge||Duty station||Born||Term of service||Appointed by|
|33||Chief Judge||Stefan R. Underhill||Bridgeport||1956||1999–present||2018–present||—||Clinton|
|32||District Judge||Janet C. Hall||New Haven||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|
|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 nominations
|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||October 15, 2019|
|#||Judge||State||Born–died||Active service||Chief Judge||Senior status||Appointed by||Reason for|
|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|
|22||Warren William Eginton||CT||1924–2019||1979–1992||—||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|
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 seats
List of U.S. Attorneys
- Courts of Connecticut
- List of current United States district judges
- List of United States federal courthouses in Connecticut
- U.S. District Courts of Connecticut, Legislative history, Federal Judicial Center.
- Mayko, Michael P. (September 24, 2012). "Out of state judges coming to Connecticut to help with federal backlog". Connecticut Post.
- "About the Office". www.justice.gov. March 18, 2015.