United States District Court for the District of Vermont

United States District Court for the District of Vermont
United States District Court for the District of Vermont
(D. Vt.)
Vermont Locator Map 2.PNG
Appeals to Second Circuit
Established March 2, 1791
Judges assigned 2
Chief judge Christina Reiss
Official site

The United States District Court for the District of Vermont (in case citations, D. Vt.) is the Federal district court whose jurisdiction is the federal district of Vermont. The court has locations in Brattleboro, Burlington, and Rutland. The Court was created under the Judiciary Act of 1791 under the jurisdiction of the Eastern Circuit Court. Under the Midnight Judges Act, the Circuits were reorganised and this Court was assigned to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit where it has remained since. Originally created with one Judgeship, in 1966 a second Judgeship was added.

Appeals from the District of Vermont are taken 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 Vermont represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current United States Attorney is Tristram Coffin.[1]


Current judges

# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
19 Chief Judge Christina Reiss Rutland 1962 2009–present 2010–present Obama
18 District Judge William K. Sessions III Burlington 1947 1995–present 2002–2010 Clinton
17 Senior District Judge John Garvan Murtha Brattleboro 1941 1995–2009 1995-2002 2009–present Clinton

Former judges

# Judge State Born/Died Active service Term as Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
1 Chipman, NathanielNathaniel Chipman VT 1752–1843 1791–1793 (none) (none) Washington, Washington resignation
2 Hitchcock, SamuelSamuel Hitchcock VT 1755–1813 1793–1801 (none) (none) Washington, Washington appointment to circuit court
3 Paine, ElijahElijah Paine VT 1757–1842 1801–1842 (none) (none) Adams, J.J. Adams resignation
4 Prentiss, SamuelSamuel Prentiss VT 1782–1857 1842–1857 (none) (none) Tyler, Tyler death
5 Smalley, David AllenDavid Allen Smalley VT 1809–1877 1857–1877 (none) (none) Pierce, Pierce death
6 Wheeler, Hoyt HenryHoyt Henry Wheeler VT 1833–1906 1877–1906 (none) (none) Hayes, Hayes retirement
7 Martin, James LorenJames Loren Martin VT 1846–1915 1906–1915 (none) (none) Roosevelt, T.T. Roosevelt death
8 Howe, Harland BradleyHarland Bradley Howe VT 1873–1946 1915–1940 (none) 1940–1945 Wilson, Wilson retirement
9 Leamy, James PatrickJames Patrick Leamy VT 1892–1949 1940–1949 (none) (none) Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt death
10 Gibson, Jr., Ernest W.Ernest W. Gibson, Jr. VT 1901–1969 1949–1969 1966–1969 (none) Truman, Truman death
11 Leddy, Bernard JosephBernard Joseph Leddy VT 1910–1972 1966–1972 1969–1972 (none) Johnson, L.L. Johnson death
12 Oakes, James L.James L. Oakes VT 1924–2007 1970–1971 (none) (none) Nixon, Nixon appointment to 2nd Cir.
13 Holden, James StuartJames Stuart Holden VT 1914–1996 1971–1984 1972–1983 1984–1996 Nixon, Nixon death
14 Coffrin, Albert WheelerAlbert Wheeler Coffrin VT 1919–1993 1972–1989 1983–1988 1989–1993 Nixon, Nixon death
15 Billings, Jr., Franklin S.Franklin S. Billings, Jr. VT 1922- 1984–1994 1988–1991 1994–2004 Reagan retirement
16 Parker, Fred I.Fred I. Parker VT 1938–2003 1990–1994 1991–1994 (none) Bush, G.H.W.G.H.W. Bush appointment to 2nd Cir.

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