Senior District Judge Maxine M. Chesney

San Francisco Courthouse, Courtroom 7 – 19th Floor
450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102

Public Hearings

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: 160 626 1089
Password: 091644

Join 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.

Phone: (669) 254-5252 or (646) 828-7666
International numbers:

H.323: (US West) or (US East)


Non-Public Hearings [Settlement Conferences]

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: 160 999 4511
Password: 077625

Join a Meeting by Phone or Other Connection

Phone: (669) 254-5252 US
International numbers:

H.323: (US West) or (US East)



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

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

Weekly Court Calendar Schedule
Criminal Law & MotionWednesdays2:15 p.m.
Civil Law & MotionFridays9:00 a.m.
Case Management ConferencesFridays10:30 a.m.
Pretrial ConferencesTuesdays10:00 a.m. or 3:00 p.m.
Calendar Clerk & Courtroom DeputyTracy Geiger
Civil Case Docketing, Docket Corrections & PDF Follow-upsSee Civil Docketing
Criminal Case DocketingSee Criminal Docketing
Multi-District Litigation (MDL) InquiriesSee Multi-District Litigation
Chambers Email for Proposed

Chambers Copy Requirements

The processing of unnecessary chambers copies wastes resources and burdens the court.  Pursuant to Civil Local Rule 5-1(d)(7), chambers copies should not be submitted unless required by the assigned judge’s standing order or specifically requested by the assigned judge.

Judges’ standing orders may include additional requirements and may differ from the local rules in other particulars.  If they are not in agreement, a judge’s standing order supersedes the local rules.

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

Lodging Courtesy Copies for Chambers

Timing: Courtesy copies of filed documents shall be mailed via first class mail to the Clerk’s Office on the same day the documents are filed unless the filing is in connection with a hearing to be held within 7 days of the filing, in which case courtesy copies shall be delivered to the Clerk’s Office no later than noon on the court day following the filing.

Format: Courtesy copies shall be submitted in single‐sided format. Any attached exhibits shall be separated by tabbed dividers.

Delivery Address

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

About Senior District Judge Maxine M. Chesney

Born 1942 in San Francisco, CA

Federal Judicial Service:

  • Judge, U. S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • Nominated by William J. Clinton on January 24, 1995, to a seat vacated by John P. Vukasin, Jr. Confirmed by the Senate on May 8, 1995, and received commission on May 10, 1995. Assumed senior status on June 30, 2009.


  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 1964
  • University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, J.D., 1967

Professional Career:

  • Attorney, Office of the San Francisco District Attorney, California, 1968-1979 
  • Judge, San Francisco Municipal Court, California, 1979-1983
  • Judge, Superior Court of California, City and County of San Francisco, appointed and subsequently elected, 1983-1995