District Judge Vince Chhabria

San Francisco Courthouse, Courtroom 4 – 17th Floor
450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102


Public Hearings

Members of the public can listen to audio of all in-person civil hearings and watch video of all Zoom civil hearings and case management conferences through the Zoom link to Judge Chhabria’s courtroom.  Please click the link below to join the hearing. 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: 161 285 7657
Password: 547298

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: 161 608 1971
Passcode: 780726

Join a Meeting by Phone or Other Connection

Phone: (669) 254-5252
International numbers:

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



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

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

Weekly Court Calendar Schedule
Criminal Law & MotionWednesdays (via Zoom)11:00 a.m.
Criminal Law & MotionWednesdays (in-person)1:00 p.m.
Civil Law & MotionThursdays (in-person)10:00 a.m.
Civil Law & Motion

Thursdays (via Zoom)

*See Scheduling Notes for information
re how to set motions for hearings.

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Case Management ConferencesFridays (via Zoom)10:00 a.m.
Pretrial ConferencesTuesdays10:00 a.m.
TrialsMonday–Wednesdays & Fridays
(no trials on Thursdays)
10:00 a.m. –
3:00 p.m.
Calendar Clerk & Courtroom DeputyBhavna Sharma
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 Chhabria’s standing orders are set forth below:

Civil Standing Order

Paper courtesy copies shall not be submitted unless the Court requests them. The Court may at times order the parties to provide digital courtesy copies of motion briefs, including supporting documents, on portable media (for example, a CD or flash drive).

Criminal Standing Order

Paper courtesy copies are not required except as otherwise provided below. The Court may at times order the parties to provide digital courtesy copies of motion briefs, including supporting documents, on portable media (for example, a CD or flash drive).

Sealed Filings:
For any documents submitted under seal, the parties shall provide a courtesy paper copy, as required by Criminal Local Rule 56-1, and a courtesy electronic copy. The electronic copy may be provided via a portable flash drive, email, or compact disk.

Civil Trial Standing Order

Chambers Copies of All Pretrial Filings: Two three-hole punched courtesy copies of all pretrial filings shall be delivered to the Clerk’s office by noon the day after filing.

Delivery Address

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

About District Judge Vince Chhabria

Born 1969 in San Francisco, CA

Federal Judicial Service:

  • Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • Nominated by Barack Obama on July 25, 2013, and re-nominated on January 6, 2014, to a seat vacated by Susan Yvonne Illston
  • Confirmed by the Senate on March 5, 2014, and received commission on March 7, 2014


  • University of California, Santa Cruz, B.A., 1991
  • University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, J.D., 1998

Professional Career:

  • Staff member, U.S. Rep. Lynn C. Woolsey, Washington D.C. and California, 1992-1995
  • Law clerk, Hon. Charles R. Breyer, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1998-1999
  • Law clerk, Hon. James R. Browning, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1999-2000
  • Litigation associate, Keker & Van Nest, San Francisco, California, 2001
  • Law clerk, Hon. Stephen G. Breyer, Supreme Court of the United States, 2001-2002
  • Litigation associate, Covington & Burling, San Francisco, California, 2002-2004
  • Deputy city attorney for government litigation, San Francisco, California, 2005-2014; co-chief of appellate litigation, 2011-2014