Chief District Judge Richard Seeborg

San Francisco Courthouse, Courtroom 3 – 17th Floor
450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102

Notice Re: Appearances and Continued Use of Zoom

Chief Judge Seeborg will continue the use of Zoom for Case Management Conferences. Zoom will be used for Law and Motion hearings until December 31, 2022. Effective January 1, 2023, Law and Motion hearings will take place in person. If counsel in a particular case wish to appear by Zoom for a Law and Motion hearing, they must file a request to do so on ECF at least 72 hours in advance of the scheduled proceeding. Absent an unusual circumstance, proceedings will either be conducted entirely by Zoom or entirely in person. Pre-trial conferences and any evidentiary hearings will be held in person.

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: 160 659 5725
Password: 466459

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: 161 969 2449
Password: 531376

Join 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 Seeborg’s Schedule of Upcoming Proceedings…
View Scheduling Notes…

Weekly Court Calendar Schedule
Criminal Law & MotionTuesdays9:30 a.m.
Civil Law & MotionThursdays1:30 p.m.
Pretrial ConferencesWednesdays10:00 a.m.
Case Management ConferencesThursdays10:00 a.m.
Calendar Clerk & Courtroom DeputyCorinne Lew
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 Chief Judge Seeborg’s standing orders are set forth below:

The parties do not need to submit chambers copies for electronically-filed documents. (This does not apply to trial exhibits.)

Delivery Address

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

About District Judge Richard Seeborg

Born 1956 in Landstuhl, Germany

Federal Judicial Service:

  • Judge, U. S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • Nominated by Barack Obama on August 6, 2009, to a seat vacated by Maxine M. Chesney. Confirmed by the Senate on December 24, 2009, and received commission on January 4, 2010.
  • U.S. Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, 2001-2009


  • Yale College, B.A., 1978
  • Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1981

Professional Career:

  • Law Clerk to Hon. John H. Pratt, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 1981-1982
  • Private practice of law, San Francisco, Calif., 1982-1991
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, Northern District of California, 1991-1998
  • Private practice of law, Palo Alto, Calif., 1998-2001