District Judge Edward M. Chen

San Francisco Courthouse, Courtroom 5 – 17th Floor
450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102

Please click the link below to join webinars (public hearings). If you are a case participant, you will join as an attendee, then you will be brought into the proceeding by court staff.

Webinar ID: 161 991 1861
Password: 912881


Joining a Webinar by Phone or Other Connection

IMPORTANT NOTE:  If you are a case participant (attorney, party, witness, or other person who will actively participate in the hearing), it is strongly recommended that you join Zoom using the Zoom application rather than by a telephone connection.  If you must appear by telephone, the numbers posted for each judge are for the public and are listen-only, so you will need to contact the Courtroom Deputy (CRD) at least one business day before the hearing to request a Zoom invitation (which will be sent via email) in order to join the hearing as a case participant.

Local telephone dial-in:
US: +1 (669) 254-5252  or +1 (646) 828-7666

International numbers available:

H.323/SIP room system (Polycom/Tandberg/Cisco/etc.):
H.323: (US West) or (US East)

Joining Non-Public Hearings (Settlement Conferences, etc.)

The court will use Zoom Meetings (as opposed to Zoom Webinars) for settlement conferences and other non-public hearings.  To join a meeting, click on the link below.  You will initially enter a “waiting room” and will be admitted into the meeting by court staff.

Meeting ID: 161 576 5049
Password: 164951

Join by Phone:
(669) 254 5252 (San Jose)
Find your local number here:

Join by SIP

Join by H.323 (US West) or (US East)



Please review this important guidance on participating in a Zoom Webinar or Meeting.

View Judge Chen’s Schedule of Upcoming Proceedings…
View Scheduling Notes…

Weekly Court Calendar Schedule
Criminal Law & Motion (Remote)
Criminal Law & Motion (In Person)
2:30 p.m.
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Civil Law & MotionThursdays1:30 p.m.
Initial CMCTuesdays1:30 p.m.
Further CMC/StatusTuesdays 2:30 a.m.
Pretrial ConferenceTuesdays2:30 p.m.
Trial8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Dark on Thursdays)
Calendar Clerk & Courtroom DeputyAngie Meuleman
Civil Case Docketing, Docket Corrections & PDF Follow-upsSee Civil Docketing
Criminal Case Docketing
Case terminal digits 0, 1, 4-6:Lori Murray415-522-2093
Case terminal digits 2, 3, 7-9:Mark Jenkins415-522-2042
Email for Criminal Docket
Email for Proposed
Media Liaison
For all media inquiries:media@cand.uscourts.gov415-522-4051

Courtesy/Chambers Copy Requirements

The submission of chambers copies is often required for electronically filed documents. Whereas the local rules state whether and how soon chambers copies must be submitted, judges’ individual standing orders sometimes create additional requirements and may differ from the local rules in other particulars. If they are not in agreement, these orders supersede the local rules.

View general information requirements for courtesy/chambers copies under the local rules.

The pertinent parts of Judge Chen’s standing orders are set forth below:

A copy of all documents filed, whether electronically or manually, shall be submitted to the Clerk’s Office in an envelope clearly marked with the case number and “EMC Chambers Copy” no later than the time prescribed by Civil Local Rule 5-1(e)(7). The chambers copy must be three-hole punched on the left-hand side. Exhibits to declarations must be tabbed. Each exhibit (e.g., Exhibits A, B, C, etc. to a declaration) filed electronically shall be bookmarked.

Delivery Address

United States District Court
Office of the Clerk
450 Golden Gate Ave, 16th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102

About District Judge Edward M. Chen

Born 1953 in Oakland, CA

Federal Judicial Service:

  • Judge, U. S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • Nominated by Barack Obama on August 6, 2009 and renominated on January 20, 2010, September 13, 2010, and January 5, 2011, to a seat vacated by Martin J. Jenkins; Confirmed by the Senate on May 10, 2011, and received commission on May 12, 2011
  • U.S. Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2001-2011


  • University of California, Berkeley, A.B., 1975
  • University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, J.D., 1979

Professional Career:

  • Law clerk, Hon. Charles B. Renfrew, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1979-1980
  • Attorney, Asian Law Caucus, San Francisco, California, 1980-1981
  • Law clerk, Hon. James R. Browning, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1981-1982
  • Private practice, San Francisco, California, 1982-1985
  • Staff attorney, American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California, 1985-2001
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