Where are Federal Courthouses in Connecticut?
Connecticut is a unique federal district as it is comprised of one division. There are three federal courthouses: Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford. In the past, the Danbury Post Office was a seat of court for the Hon. Gerard L. Goettel until his retirement. As far as we know, there are no plans to return the court to Danbury.
This seat of court is at the Brian McMahon Federal Building at 915 Lafayette Boulevard, Bridgeport, CT. Parking is sparse, often necessitating a bit of a walk to the federal building and then to the court itself. The Courthouse is easily accessible from Interstate 95, State Route 8, MetroNorth/Amtrak and the Port Jefferson Ferry. Bridgeport’s hoped-for renaissance is still far off.
The most historic of all the Courthouses, the New Haven seat of court is in the Richard C. Lee Courthouse and Post Office. On the register of historic buildings, the New Haven federal court expresses all of the majesty you expect from a “Hollywood” courtroom. Easily accessible from Interstate 95 and MetroNorth/Amtrak, New Haven provides the greatest level of resources for a visiting lawyer. Plenty of first class overnight accommodations, quality dining, Class A office space, printing services and other litigation support services are clustered around the New Haven Green on which the Courthouse sits.
South of the central business district, cut off from downtown by the Whitehead Highway, the Abraham A. Ribicoff Federal Building sits near the Hartford Library and the Wadsworth Antheneum and is easily accessible by car from Interstates 91 and 84. Rail service to Hartford at this time is sporadic and unreliable. The Hartford/Springfield electrification project should change that in 2 or 3 years. In any event, the downtown train station is outside comfortable walking distance when saddled with trial satchels or overnight bags. Like New Haven, Hartford has sufficient first class overnight accommodations, quality dining, Class A office space, printing services and other litigation support services near the courthouse.
If you have a question about appearing pro hac vice in state court or federal court in Connecticut, local counsel services, or appearing as a visiting lawyer before a state agency or in an arbitration proceeding, please feel free to call Attorney John Radshaw in New Haven today at (203) 654-9695. For more information about Attorney Radshaw and his practice, visit www.jjr-esq.com.