United States District Court for the District of Connecticut

United States District Court for the District of Connecticut

United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
(D. Conn.)

Appeals to Second Circuit
Established September 24, 1789
Judges assigned 8
Chief judge Janet C. Hall
Official site
U.S. Courthouse in 1995

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.[1] 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.[1] Six additional judgeships were created between 1961 and 1990 to bring about the current total of eight judges.[1] Court offices at Hartford are located in the William R. Cotter Federal Building.

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 Deirdre M. Daly.[2]

The current United States Marshal for the District of Connecticut is Joseph P. Faughnan, the former Chief of Police for the Town of Clinton, Connecticut.


  • Current judges 1
  • Former judges 2
  • Succession of seats 3
  • See also 4
  • Notes 5
  • External links 6

Current judges

# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
32 Chief Judge Janet C. Hall[3] New Haven[4] 1948 1997–present 2013–present Clinton
27 District Judge Robert N. Chatigny Hartford 1952 1994–present 2003–2009 Clinton
29 District Judge Alvin W. Thompson Hartford 1953 1994–present 2009–2013 Clinton
33 District Judge Stefan R. Underhill Bridgeport 1956 1999–present 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 Bridgeport 1963 2014–present Obama
38 District Judge Victor Allen Bolden 1965 2014–present Obama
21 Senior District Judge Ellen Bree Burns New Haven 1923 1978–1992 1988–1992 1992–present Carter
22 Senior District Judge Warren William Eginton Bridgeport 1924 1979–1992 1992–present Carter
26 Senior District Judge Alfred V. Covello Hartford 1933 1992–2003 1998–2003 2003–present G.H.W. Bush
28 Senior District Judge Dominic J. Squatrito Hartford 1939 1994–2004 2004–present Clinton
30 Senior District Judge Janet Bond Arterton New Haven 1944 1995–2014 2014–present Clinton

Former judges

# Judge State Born/Died Active service Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
1 Law, RichardRichard Law CT 1733–1806 1789–1806 Washington,Washington reappointment
2 Edwards, PierpontPierpont Edwards CT 1750–1826 1806–1826 Jefferson,Jefferson death
3 Bristol, WilliamWilliam Bristol CT 1779–1836 1826–1836 Adams, J.Q.J.Q. Adams death
4 Judson, Andrew T.Andrew T. Judson CT 1784–1853 1836–1853 Jackson,Jackson death
5 Ingersoll, Charles A.Charles A. Ingersoll CT 1798–1860 1853–1860 Pierce,Pierce death
6 Shipman, William DavisWilliam Davis Shipman CT 1818–1898 1860–1873 Buchanan,Buchanan resignation
7 Shipman, NathanielNathaniel Shipman CT 1828–1906 1873–1892[5] Grant,Grant reappointment
8 Townsend, William KneelandWilliam Kneeland Townsend CT 1849–1907 1892–1902 Harrison, B.B. Harrison reappointment
9 Platt, James PerryJames Perry Platt CT 1851–1913 1902–1913 Roosevelt, T.T. Roosevelt death
10 Thomas, Edwin StarkEdwin Stark Thomas CT 1872–1952 1913–1939 Wilson,Wilson resignation
11 Burrows, Warren BoothWarren Booth Burrows CT 1877–1952 1928–1930 Coolidge,Coolidge resignation
12 Hincks, Carroll C.Carroll C. Hincks CT 1889–1964 1931–1953 1948–1953 Hoover,Hoover reappointment
13 Smith, John JosephJohn Joseph Smith CT 1904–1980 1941–1960 1953–1960 Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt reappointment
14 Anderson, Robert P.Robert P. Anderson CT 1906–1978 1954–1964 1960–1964 Eisenhower,Eisenhower reappointment
15 Timbers, William H.William H. Timbers CT 1915–1994 1960–1971 1964–1971 Eisenhower,Eisenhower reappointment
16 Blumenfeld, Mosher JosephMosher Joseph Blumenfeld CT 1904–1988 1961–1977 1971–1974 1977–1988 Kennedy,Kennedy death
17 Clarie, T. EmmetT. Emmet Clarie CT 1913–1997 1961–1983 1974–1983 1983–1997 Kennedy,Kennedy death
18 Zampano, Robert CarmineRobert Carmine Zampano CT 1928–2004 1964–1977 1977–1994 Johnson, L.L. Johnson retirement
19 Newman, Jon O.Jon O. Newman CT 1932–present 1971–1979 Nixon,Nixon reappointment
20 Daly, T. F. GilroyT. F. Gilroy Daly CT 1931–1996 1977–1996 1983–1988 Carter,Carter death
23 Cabranes, José A.José A. Cabranes CT 1940–present 1979–1994 1992–1994 Carter,Carter reappointment
24 Dorsey, Peter CollinsPeter Collins Dorsey CT 1931–2012 1983–1998 1994–1998 1998–2012 Reagan,Reagan death
25 Nevas, Alan HarrisAlan Harris Nevas CT 1928–present 1985–1997 1997–2009 Reagan,Reagan retirement
31 Droney, Christopher F.Christopher F. Droney CT 1954–present 1997–2011 Clinton,Clinton reappointment
34 Kravitz, Mark R.Mark R. Kravitz CT 1950–2012 2003–2012 Bush, G.W.G.W. Bush death

Succession of seats

See also


  1. ^ a b c U.S. District Courts of Connecticut, Legislative history, Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ "Office of the United States Attorneys". Executive Office for United States Attorneys. United States Department of Justice. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  3. ^ http://news.uscourts.gov/milestones?field_milestone_category_value=elevated
  4. ^ http://www.ctpost.com/default/article/Out-of-state-judges-coming-to-Connecticut-to-help-3887918.php
  5. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on December 2, 1873, confirmed by the United States Senate on December 8, 1873, and received commission on December 8, 1873.

External links

  • United States District Court for the District of Connecticut Official Website
  • United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut Official Website