Us District Court Massachusetts Judges Assignments

The United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts (in case citations, D. Mass.) is the federal district court whose territorial jurisdiction is the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, United States.[1] The first court session was held in Boston in 1789. The second term was held in Salem in 1790 and court session locations alternated between the two cities until 1813. That year, Boston became the court's permanent home. A western division was opened in Springfield in 1979 and a central division was opened in Worcester in 1987. The court's main building is the John Joseph Moakley Federal Courthouse on Fan Pier in South Boston.

Appeals from the District of Massachusetts are heard by the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, also located in the Moakley courthouse (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).

US Attorney's Office[edit]

The United States Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current U.S. Attorney is Andrew Lelling.

Federal Public Defender's Office[edit]

The Federal Public Defender's Office represents individuals who cannot afford to hire a lawyer in federal criminal cases and related matters. The office is assigned to cases by the district courts in three districts (New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts), and by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.[2]

Current composition of the court[edit]

Vacancies and pending nominations[edit]

Former judges[edit]

#JudgeStateBorn–diedActive serviceChief JudgeSenior statusAppointed byReason for
1Lowell, JohnJohn LowellMA1743–18021789–1801Washington,Washingtonappointment to 1st circuit court
2Davis, JohnJohn DavisMA1761–18471801–1841Adams, J.J. Adamsresignation
3Sprague, PelegPeleg SpragueMA1793–18801841–1865Tyler,Tylerresignation
4Lowell, JohnJohn LowellMA1824–18971865–1879Lincoln,Lincolnappointment to 1st circuit court
5Nelson, Thomas LeverettThomas Leverett NelsonMA1827–18971879–1897Hayes,Hayesdeath
6Lowell, Francis CabotFrancis Cabot LowellMA1855–19111898–1905McKinley,McKinleyappointment to 1st Cir.
7Dodge, FredericFrederic DodgeMA1847–19271905–1912Roosevelt, T.T. Rooseveltappointment to 1st Cir.
8Morton Jr., James MadisonJames Madison Morton Jr.MA1869–19401912–1932Taft,Taftappointment to 1st Cir.
9Brewster, Elisha HumeElisha Hume BrewsterMA1871–19461922–19411941–1946Harding,Hardingdeath
10Lowell, James ArnoldJames Arnold LowellMA1869–19331922–1933Harding,Hardingdeath
11McLellan, Hugh DeanHugh Dean McLellanMA1876–19531932–1941Hoover,Hooverresignation
12Sweeney, George ClintonGeorge Clinton SweeneyMA1895–19661935–19661948–19651966Roosevelt, F.F. Rooseveltdeath
13Ford, FrancisFrancis FordMA1882–19751938–19721972–1975Roosevelt, F.F. Rooseveltdeath
14Healey, Arthur DanielArthur Daniel HealeyMA1889–19481941–1948Roosevelt, F.F. Rooseveltdeath
15Wyzanski Jr., Charles EdwardCharles Edward Wyzanski Jr.MA1906–19861941–19711965–19711971–1986Roosevelt, F.F. Rooseveltdeath
16McCarthy, William T.William T. McCarthyMA1885–19641949–19601960–1964Truman,Trumandeath
17Aldrich, BaileyBailey AldrichMA1907–20021954–1959Eisenhower,Eisenhowerappointment to 1st Cir.
18Julian, AnthonyAnthony JulianMA1902–19841959–19721971–19721972–1984Eisenhower,Eisenhowerdeath
19Caffrey, Andrew AugustineAndrew Augustine CaffreyMA1920–19931960[3]–19861972–19861986–1993Eisenhower,Eisenhowerdeath
20Garrity Jr., Wendell ArthurWendell Arthur Garrity Jr.MA1920–19991966–19851985–1999Johnson, L.L. Johnsondeath
21Murray, Frank JeromeFrank Jerome MurrayMA1904–19951967–19771977–1995Johnson, L.L. Johnsondeath
22Campbell, Levin H.Levin H. CampbellMA1927–present1971–1972Nixon,Nixonappointment to 1st Cir.
23Freedman, Frank HarlanFrank Harlan FreedmanMA1924–20031972–19921986–19921992–2003Nixon,Nixondeath
25Skinner, Walter JayWalter Jay SkinnerMA1927–20051973–19921992–2005Nixon,Nixondeath
26Mazzone, A. DavidA. David MazzoneMA1928–20041978–19931993–2004Carter,Carterdeath
27Keeton, RobertRobert KeetonMA1919–20071979–20032003–2006Carter,Carterretirement
28McNaught, John JosephJohn Joseph McNaughtMA1921–19941979–1991Carter,Carterretirement
29Nelson, David SutherlandDavid Sutherland NelsonMA1933–19981979–19911991–1998Carter,Carterdeath
36Lindsay, Reginald C.Reginald C. LindsayMA1945–20091993–2009Clinton,Clintondeath
39Gertner, NancyNancy GertnerMA1946–present1994–20112011Clintonretirement

Chief judges[edit]

Chief judges have administrative responsibilities with respect to their district court, and preside over any panel on which they serve unless circuit judges are also on the panel. 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[edit]

Seat 2
Seat established on September 14, 1922 by 42 Stat. 837 (temporary)
Seat made permanent on August 19, 1935 by 49 Stat. 659
Seat abolished on March 1, 2001 (temporary judgeship expired)
Seat 3
Seat established on September 14, 1922 by 42 Stat. 837 (temporary)
Seat made permanent on August 19, 1935 by 49 Stat. 659
James A. Lowell1922–1933
Seat 4
Seat established on May 31, 1938 by 52 Stat. 584 (temporary)
Seat made permanent on November 21, 1941 by 55 Stat. 773
Seat 5
Seat established on February 10, 1954 by 68 Stat. 68
Seat 6
Seat established on May 19, 1961 by 75 Stat. 80
Garrity, Jr.1966–1985
Seat 7
Seat established on October 20, 1978 by 92 Stat. 1629
Saylor IV2004–present
Seat 8
Seat established on October 20, 1978 by 92 Stat. 1629
Seat 9
Seat established on October 20, 1978 by 92 Stat. 1629
D. Nelson1979–1991
Seat 10
Seat established on October 20, 1978 by 92 Stat. 1629
Seat 11
Seat established on July 10, 1984 by 98 Stat. 333
Seat 12
Seat established on July 10, 1984 by 98 Stat. 333 (temporary)
Seat made permanent on December 1, 1990 by 104 Stat. 5089
Seat 13
Seat established on December 1, 1990 by 104 Stat. 5089
Seat 14
Seat established on May 26, 1995 pursuant to 104 Stat. 5089 (temporary)
Seat became permanent upon the abolishment of Seat 2 on March 1, 2001.
O'Toole, Jr.1995–2018

U.S. Attorneys[edit]

Notable cases[edit]

  • Ghen v. Rich (1881) (a whale is the property of the whaler who killed it, and not the person who found it dead on the beach).

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

United States district and territorial courts

List of United States district and territorial courts

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