Magistrate Judge Elizabeth D. Laporte

Magistrate Judge Alex G. Tse

San Francisco Courthouse, Courtroom A – 15th Floor
450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102


PLEASE NOTE: If you are a witness scheduled to testify in a trial, either voluntarily or by subpoena, then you are excluded from viewing any portion of the trial proceedings; and you must wait for counsel to contact you to make your appearance and testify.

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.  When joining the Zoom platform, make sure your first and last name are identified on screen for ease of reference by the Court.

Webinar ID: 160 732 0709
Password: 689600

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.  When joining the Zoom platform, make sure your first and last name are identified on screen for ease of reference by the Court.

Meeting ID: 161 152 6954
Password: 473786

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

Weekly Court Calendar Schedule (effective 3/16/2020)
Criminal Law & MotionTuesdays10:00 a.m.
Criminal Duty MattersDaily During Duty Months10:30 a.m.
Civil Law & MotionFridays10:00 a.m.
Case Management ConferencesFridays2:00 p.m.
Calendar Clerk & Courtroom DeputyStephen Ybarra
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
Email for Settlement-Related

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 Magistrate Judge Tse’s standing orders are set forth below:

To reduce waste, paper courtesy copies should not be submitted unless the Court requests them.

Delivery Address

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

About Magistrate Judge Alex G. Tse

Magistrate Judge Alex G. Tse brings broad knowledge of federal law and practice, both civil and criminal, to the San Francisco Division.  Prior to joining the bench, he served for nearly twenty years in various positions with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California, including an interim appointment as the U.S. Attorney, and service as First Assistant U.S. Attorney.

Judge Tse began his legal career in 1990 in private practice. In 1994, he became a line Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division, where he defended the federal government in civil cases, and pursued civil actions against defendants who defrauded the government. In 2001, Judge Tse became a Deputy Chief of the Civil Division. While he continued to litigate defensive cases, the majority of his work was in the area of affirmative civil enforcement. This included investigations and litigation primarily under the False Claims Act. His primary areas of litigation included health care and financial institution fraud.

In late 2006, Judge Tse left the United States Attorney’s Office and in 2007 took a position as an Assistant Chief City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco, where he led the team of Deputy City Attorneys charged with investigating and abating public nuisance.

In late 2012, Judge Tse returned to the U.S. Attorney’s Office as the Chief of the Civil Division. In 2016, he received a Special Commendation from the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and he received a Director’s Award for Superior Performance from the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys in 2017. Prior to joining the bench, he served on various court committees in the Northern District of California including the court’s Civil Local Rules Attorney Advisory Committee and the Criminal Rules and Practice Committee, and served for several years as a volunteer court-appointed mediator and early neutral evaluator.

Judge Tse is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.