United States District Court for the District of Connecticut

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District of Connecticut
Second Circuit
Judges: 8
Posts: 8
Vacancies: 0
Active judges
Chief: Janet Hall
Senior Judges
Magistrate Judges
Former Judges
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
More than 40%

The United States District Court for the District of Connecticut is one of ninety-four United States district courts. The court has offices in Bridgeport, Hartford and New Haven, 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 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 green. The court currently has no vacancies of their eight posts.

Pending nominations

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

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 Vanessa Bryant1954Queens, NYW. Bush 4/2/2007 - PresentDominic SquatritoHoward University, B.A., 1975University 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
Judge Victor Allen Bolden1965New York, NYObama 11/20/2014-PresentJanet ArtertonColumbia University, 1986Harvard Law, 1989

Active Article III judges by appointing political party

This graph displays the percent of active judges by the party of the appointing president and does not reflect how a judge may rule on specific cases or their own political preferences.


Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge Janet ArtertonClinton 3/24/1995-7/1/20147/1/2014-PresentMount Holyoke College, 1966Northeastern U. Law, 1977
Senior Judge Alfred CovelloH.W. Bush 8/17/1992 - 2/4/20031998 - 20032/4/2003 - PresentHarvard, B.A., 1954University 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 University, 1961Yale Law, 1965

Senior judges by appointing political party

This graph displays the percent of senior judges by the party of the appointing president and does not reflect how a judge may rule on specific cases or their own political preferences.


Magistrate judges

Magistrate Judge Holly Fitzsimmons6/4/1993-4/2015Smith College, 1971University of Virginia, 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., 1973University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 1978
Magistrate Judge Thomas Smith
Magistrate Judge Sarah A.L. Merriam4/2015-4/2023Georgetown UniversityYale Law School, 2000


The Counties of Connecticut (click for larger map)

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.

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.




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 3174250756812537 314412.210.6221 (9.1%)1216
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.

Notable cases

For a searchable list of opinions, please see Opinions for the District of Connecticut (dead link).


The District of Connecticut was established by Congress on September 24, 1789 with one post to cover the entire state. Over time seven additional judicial posts were added for a total of eight current posts.[4]

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the District of Connecticut:[4]

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

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.[5][6]

Former judges

For more information about the judges of the District of Connecticut, see former federal judges of 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.[7]

See also

External links


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