Magistrate Judge Robert M. Illman

Eureka-McKinleyville Courthouse
3140 Boeing Ave
McKinleyville, CA 95519

Judge Illman regularly presides over cases in both McKinleyville and the Bay Area.

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: 160 278 5779
Password: 990329


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: 160 962 9475
Passcode: 551294

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

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 Illman’s Schedule of Upcoming Proceedings…
View Scheduling Notes…

Weekly Court Calendar Schedule
Criminal Law & MotionMondays1:00 p.m.
Civil Law and MotionTuesdays11:00 a.m.
Civil Status ConferencesTuesdays10:00 a.m.
Case Management ConferencesTuesdays1:00 p.m.
Civil Pretrial ConferencesTuesdays2:00 p.m.


Calendar Clerk & Courtroom DeputyGloria Knudson
Civil Case Docketing, Docket Corrections, & PDF Follow-upsSee SF 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
New! Email for Settlement-Related
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 Illman’s standing orders are set forth below:

In e-filing cases, when filing papers in connection with any motion for determination by the Judge, the parties shall, in addition to filing papers electronically, lodge with Chambers one printed copy of the papers in accordance with Civil L.R. 5-1(e)(7). These printed copies shall be delivered by messenger or by mail to Judge Illman’s Chambers at the McKinleyville Federal Courthouse at the address below, regardless of whether the hearing is set in McKinleyville or another courthouse. All copies of filings containing exhibits must contain exhibit tabs, and any copies in excess of 50 pages must be submitted in binders.

Delivery Address

Eureka-McKinleyville Federal Courthouse
3140 Boeing Avenue
McKinleyville, CA 95519

About Magistrate Judge Robert M. Illman

Magistrate Judge Robert M. Illman was appointed to the bench in 2017.

Prior to taking the bench, Judge Illman served as a law clerk to Magistrate Judge Nandor J. Vadas in the Northern District of California from 2014 to 2017, and to Chief Magistrate Judge Wallace Capel, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama from 2007 to 2014. Prior to that, Judge Illman served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Montgomery, Alabama, from 2003 to 2007. In that role he represented indigent defendants charged with various crimes in federal trial and appellate courts, as well as representing Alabama’s death row inmates in their federal habeas corpus litigation. Through his broad background as an attorney working for and practicing in the federal courts, Judge Illman has developed extensive experience in all manner of cases brought before the district court.

Judge Illman graduated with a degree in history from Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia, and from the University of Alabama School of Law in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

All new civil and criminal actions arising in the counties of Del Norte, Lake, Humboldt, and Mendocino are assigned directly to Judge Illman, subject to consent under 28 USC § 636(c)(1). Magistrate Judge Illman can hold case management conferences and hear many types of motions by video-conference if parties prefer to appear in San Francisco rather than travel to McKinleyville. In addition, parties can schedule dispositive motions to be heard on days when Judge Illman is in San Francisco.

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