United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
- 1 Vacancy warning level
- 2 Active judges
- 3 Jurisdiction
- 4 Caseloads
- 5 Notable cases
- 6 History
- 7 Federal courthouse
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
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.
Vacancy warning level
There are no pending nominations for the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.
Article III judges
|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 Vanessa Bryant||1954||Queens, NY||W. Bush||4/2/2007 - Present||Dominic Squatrito||Howard University, B.A., 1975||University 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|
|Judge Victor Allen Bolden||1965||New York, NY||Obama||11/20/2014-Present||Janet Arterton||Columbia University, 1986||Harvard 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 Judge Janet Arterton||Clinton||3/24/1995-7/1/2014||7/1/2014-Present||Mount Holyoke College, 1966||Northeastern U. Law, 1977|
|Senior Judge Alfred Covello||H.W. Bush||8/17/1992 - 2/4/2003||1998 - 2003||2/4/2003 - Present||Harvard, B.A., 1954||University 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 University, 1961||Yale 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 Judge Holly Fitzsimmons||6/4/1993-4/2015||Smith College, 1971||University of Virginia, 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||University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 1978|
|Magistrate Judge Thomas Smith|
|Magistrate Judge Sarah A.L. Merriam||4/2015-4/2023||Georgetown University||Yale Law School, 2000|
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 court's headquarters are in New Haven, with additional courthouses in Bridgeport and Hartford, Connecticut.
|Federal Court Caseload 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.
| • Graduations cannot be held at church (2010)|
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|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)
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|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 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.
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|
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.
For more information about the judges of the District of Connecticut, see former federal judges of the District of Connecticut.
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.
- 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 (dead link)
- Opinions of the District of Connecticut (dead link)
- Offices of the United States Attorneys, Official list
- 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
- History of the District of Connecticut from the Federal Judicial Center
- United States Courts, "Frequently Asked Questions"
- United States Courts, "On Being Chief Judge," February 2009
- District of Connecticut contact page (dead link)
|Magistrate judges||Holly Fitzsimmons • William Garfinkel • Joan Margolis • Donna Martinez • Thomas Smith • Sarah A.L. Merriam •|
|Former Article III judges||
Ellen Burns • 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|