United States District Court - Northern District Court of California

Phyllis J. Hamilton, Chief Judge

Richard W. Wieking, Clerk of Court

Magistrate Judge
Maria-Elena James

San Francisco Courthouse, Courtroom B - 15th Floor
450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102
Weekly Court Calendar Schedule
Criminal Law & Motion Thursdays 10:00 a.m.
Criminal Duty Matters Daily During Duty Months 9:30 a.m.
Civil Law & Motion Thursdays 10:00 a.m.
Calendar Clerk & Courtroom Deputy Rose Maher 415-522-4708
Civil Case Docketing Hillary Jackson 415-522-4261
Criminal Case Docketing

Case terminal digits 1-3: Ruby Woo 415-522-2076
Case terminal digits 4-6: Lori Murray 415-522-2093
Case terminal digits 7-0: Mark Jenkins 415-522-2042
Email for Proposed Orders: MEJpo@cand.uscourts.gov
Email for PDF Follow-Ups and
     and Docket Corrections:
MEJpdf@cand.uscourts.gov (Civil)
CRIMpdf@cand.uscourts.gov (Criminal)

About Chief Magistrate Judge Maria-Elena James

Magistrate Judge Maria-Elena James was appointed in 1994. She has presided over numerous cases and conducted thousands of settlement conferences. Outside the courtroom, she teaches a number of classes at three Bay Area law schools: University of California Hastings, University of San Francisco, and Golden Gate University.

She also co-created a course called The Roles of Referees and Commissioners and taught the course, along with another course, at the California Judicial Education and Research College.

A 1978 graduate of the University of San Francisco Law School, she served as director of the Small Claims Court Education Project in the Consumer Fraud Unit of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. She went on to serve as a deputy public defender in San Francisco, staff attorney for the National Labor Relations Board, and Deputy City Attorney as well as supervising attorney in San Francisco.

Judge James then served as a Commissioner in the San Francisco Superior Court for six years. She volunteers as a mock trial judge for all grades of students and serves as a mentor to law students. Her speaking engagements include a 2006 panel on Comparative Racial Justice at the University of Paris, Nanterre and the Assemblee Nationale.