General Information about Federal Court Proceedings
The United States District Court for the Northern District of California is one of 92 federal courts in the United States and is completely separate and distinct from courts in the state court system. Two helpful documents about the federal court system may be downloaded here:
- A Journalist’s Guide to the Federal Courts (www.uscourts.gov) prepared by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts
- Federal Courts and What They Do (.pdf, 466kb) prepared by the Federal Judicial Center (www.fjc.gov).