|United States District Court for the District of New Jersey|
|Location|| Martin Luther King Building & U.S. Courthouse |
|Appeals to||Third Circuit|
|Established||September 24, 1789|
|Chief Judge||Freda L. Wolfson|
|Officers of the court|
|U.S. Attorney||Rachael A. Honig (acting)|
|U.S. Marshal||Juan Mattos Jr.|
The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey (in case citations, D.N.J.) is a federal court in the Third Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).
The Judiciary Act of 1789 established New Jersey as a single District on September 24, 1789. On February 13, 1801 the Judiciary Act of 1801 reorganized the federal court system, resulting in the state being divided into Eastern and Western districts. The Judiciary Act of 1801 was repealed on March 8, 1802 and New Jersey was re-established as a single district court.
The United States Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current Acting United States Attorney is Rachael A. Honig.
The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey holds court at Mitchell H. Cohen Building & U.S. Courthouse in Camden, at Martin Luther King Building & U.S. Courthouse in Newark, and Clarkson S. Fisher Building & U.S. Courthouse in Trenton.
As of June 22,2021 [update] :
|#||Title||Judge||Duty station||Born||Term of service||Appointed by|
|76||Chief Judge||Freda L. Wolfson||Trenton||1954||2002–present||2019–present||—||G.W. Bush|
|77||District Judge||Renee Marie Bumb||Camden||1960||2006–present||—||—||G.W. Bush|
|78||District Judge||Noel Lawrence Hillman||Camden||1956||2006–present||—||—||G.W. Bush|
|80||District Judge||Susan Davis Wigenton||Newark||1962||2006–present||—||—||G.W. Bush|
|81||District Judge||Claire C. Cecchi||Newark||1964||2011–present||—||—||Obama|
|82||District Judge||Esther Salas||Newark||1968||2011–present||—||—||Obama|
|83||District Judge||Kevin McNulty||Newark||1954||2012–present||—||—||Obama|
|84||District Judge||Michael A. Shipp||Trenton||1965||2012–present||—||—||Obama|
|85||District Judge||Madeline Cox Arleo||Newark||1963||2014–present||—||—||Obama|
|86||District Judge||John Michael Vazquez||Newark||1970||2016–present||—||—||Obama|
|87||District Judge||Brian R. Martinotti||Trenton||1961||2016–present||—||—||Obama|
|88||District Judge||Julien Xavier Neals||Newark||1965||2021–present||—||—||Biden|
|89||District Judge||Zahid Quraishi||Trenton||1975||2021–present||—||—||Biden|
|51||Senior Judge||Anne Elise Thompson||Trenton||1934||1979–2001||1994–2001||2001–present||Carter|
|54||Senior Judge||Joseph H. Rodriguez||Camden||1930||1985–1998||—||1998–present||Reagan|
|62||Senior Judge||Mary Little Cooper||inactive||1946||1992–2011||—||2011–present||G.H.W. Bush|
|68||Senior Judge||Katharine Sweeney Hayden||Newark||1942||1997–2010||—||2010–present||Clinton|
|72||Senior Judge||William J. Martini||Newark||1947||2002–2015||—||2015–present||G.W. Bush|
|74||Senior Judge||Stanley R. Chesler||Newark||1947||2002–2015||—||2015–present||G.W. Bush|
|75||Senior Judge||Robert B. Kugler||Camden||1950||2002–2018||—||2018–present||G.W. Bush|
|79||Senior Judge||Peter G. Sheridan||Trenton||1950||2006–2018||—||2018–present||G.W. Bush|
|Seat||Prior judge's duty station||Seat last held by||Vacancy reason||Date of vacancy||Nominee||Date of nomination|
|13||Newark||Faith S. Hochberg||Retirement||March 6, 2015||–||–|
|18||Camden||Jerome B. Simandle||Senior status||May 31, 2017||Karen M. Williams||May 12, 2021|
|17||Robert B. Kugler||November 2, 2018||Christine O'Hearn||April 29, 2021|
|10||Newark||Jose L. Linares||Retirement||May 16, 2019||–||–|
|#||Judge||State||Born–died||Active service||Chief Judge||Senior status||Appointed by||Reason for|
|2||Robert Morris||NJ||1745–1815||1790–1801 |
|—||—|| Washington |
Operation of law
|reassignment to E.D.N.J. / W.D.N.J. |
|3||William Sanford Pennington||NJ||1757–1826||1815–1826||—||—||Madison||death|
|4||William Rossell||NJ||1760–1840||1826–1840||—||—||J.Q. Adams||death|
|5||Mahlon Dickerson||NJ||1770–1853||1840–1841||—||—||Van Buren||resignation|
|6||Philemon Dickerson||NJ||1788–1862||1841–1862||—||—||Van Buren||death|
|7||Richard Stockton Field||NJ||1803–1870||1863–1870||—||—||Lincoln||resignation|
|8||John T. Nixon||NJ||1820–1889||1870–1889||—||—||Grant||death|
|9||Edward T. Green||NJ||1837–1896||1889–1896||—||—||B. Harrison||death|
|11||William M. Lanning||NJ||1849–1912||1904–1909||—||—||T. Roosevelt||elevation to 3d Cir.|
|12||Joseph Cross||NJ||1843–1913||1905–1913||—||—||T. Roosevelt||death|
|14||Thomas Griffith Haight||NJ||1879–1942||1914–1919||—||—||Wilson||elevation to 3d Cir.|
|15||John Warren Davis||NJ||1867–1945||1916–1920||—||—||Wilson||elevation to 3d Cir.|
|16||Charles Francis Lynch||NJ||1884–1942||1919–1925||—||—||Wilson||resignation|
|17||Joseph Lamb Bodine||NJ||1883–1950||1920–1929||—||—||Wilson||resignation|
|18||William Nelson Runyon||NJ||1871–1931||1923–1931||—||—||Harding||death|
|19||William Clark||NJ||1891–1957||1925–1938||—||—||Coolidge||elevation to 3d Cir.|
|20||James William McCarthy||NJ||1872–1939||1928–1929||—||—||Coolidge||resignation|
|21||Guy Leverne Fake||NJ||1879–1957||1929–1951||1948–1951||1951–1957||Coolidge||death|
|22||John Boyd Avis||NJ||1875–1944||1929–1944||—||—||Hoover||death|
|23||Phillip Forman||NJ||1895–1978||1932–1959||1951–1959||—||Hoover||elevation to 3d Cir.|
|24||Thomas Glynn Walker||NJ||1899–1993||1939–1941||—||—||F. Roosevelt||resignation|
|25||William Francis Smith||NJ||1903–1968||1941–1961||1959–1961||—||F. Roosevelt||elevation to 3d Cir.|
|26||Thomas Francis Meaney||NJ||1888–1968||1942–1966||—||1966–1968||F. Roosevelt||death|
|27||Thomas M. Madden||NJ||1907–1976||1945–1968||1961–1968||1968–1976||Truman||death|
|28||Alfred Egidio Modarelli||NJ||1898–1957||1951–1957||—||—||Truman||death|
|30||Reynier Jacob Wortendyke Jr.||NJ||1895–1975||1955–1970||—||1970–1975||Eisenhower||death|
|32||Arthur Stephen Lane||NJ||1910–1997||1960–1967||—||—||Eisenhower||resignation|
|33||Anthony Thomas Augelli||NJ||1902–1985||1961–1972||1968–1972||1972–1974||Kennedy||resignation|
|34||James Aloysius Coolahan||NJ||1903–1986||1962–1974||1972–1973||1974–1986||Kennedy||death|
|36||Mitchell Harry Cohen||NJ||1904–1991||1962–1974||1973–1974||1974–1991||Kennedy||death|
|37||Lawrence Aloysius Whipple||NJ||1910–1983||1967–1978||1974–1978||1978–1983||L. Johnson||death|
|38||George Herbert Barlow||NJ||1921–1979||1969–1979||1978–1979||—||Nixon||death|
|39||Leonard I. Garth||NJ||1921–2016||1969–1973||—||—||Nixon||elevation to 3d Cir.|
|40||Clarkson Sherman Fisher||NJ||1921–1997||1970–1987||1979–1987||1987–1997||Nixon||death|
|41||John Joseph Kitchen||NJ||1911–1973||1970–1973||—||—||Nixon||death|
|42||Frederick Bernard Lacey||NJ||1920–2017||1971–1986||—||—||Nixon||retirement|
|43||Vincent P. Biunno||NJ||1916–1991||1973–1982||—||1982–1991||Nixon||death|
|44||Herbert Jay Stern||NJ||1936–present||1973–1987||—||—||Nixon||resignation|
|45||Henry Curtis Meanor||NJ||1929–2008||1974–1983||—||—||Nixon||resignation|
|46||John F. Gerry||NJ||1925–1995||1974–1994||1987–1994||1994–1995||Ford||death|
|48||Harold Arnold Ackerman||NJ||1928–2009||1979–1994||—||1994–2009||Carter||death|
|49||Dickinson Richards Debevoise||NJ||1924–2015||1979–1994||—||1994–2015||Carter||death|
|50||H. Lee Sarokin||NJ||1928–present||1979–1994||—||—||Carter||elevation to 3d Cir.|
|52||John Winslow Bissell||NJ||1940–present||1982–2005||2001–2005||—||Reagan||retirement|
|53||Maryanne Trump Barry||NJ||1937–present||1983–1999||—||—||Reagan||elevation to 3d Cir.|
|55||Robert Cowen||NJ||1930–present||1985–1987||—||—||Reagan||elevation to 3d Cir.|
|56||Garrett E. Brown Jr.||NJ||1943–present||1985–2012||2005–2012||2012||Reagan||retirement|
|57||Alfred James Lechner Jr.||NJ||1948–present||1986–2001||—||—||Reagan||resignation|
|58||Nicholas H. Politan||NJ||1935–2012||1987–2002||—||—||Reagan||retirement|
|59||Alfred M. Wolin||NJ||1932–present||1987–2000||—||2000–2004||Reagan||retirement|
|60||John C. Lifland||NJ||1933–present||1988–2001||—||2001–2007||Reagan||retirement|
|61||William G. Bassler||NJ||1938–present||1991–2005||—||2005–2006||G.H.W. Bush||retirement|
|63||Joseph Eron Irenas||NJ||1940–2015||1992–2002||—||2002–2015||G.H.W. Bush||death|
|64||Jerome B. Simandle||NJ||1949–2019||1992–2017||2012–2017||2017–2019||G.H.W. Bush||death|
|65||William H. Walls||NJ||1932–2019||1994–2005||—||2005–2019||Clinton||death|
|67||Joseph A. Greenaway Jr.||NJ||1957–present||1996–2010||—||—||Clinton||elevation to 3d Cir.|
|69||Faith S. Hochberg||NJ||1950–present||1999–2015||—||—||Clinton||retirement|
|70||Joel A. Pisano||NJ||1949–2021||2000–2015||—||—||Clinton||retirement|
|71||Dennis M. Cavanaugh||NJ||1947–present||2000–2014||—||—||Clinton||retirement|
|73||Jose L. Linares||NJ||1953–present||2002–2019||2017–2019||—||G.W. Bush||retirement|
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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.
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