United States District Court - Northern District Court of California

Phyllis J. Hamilton, Chief Judge

Richard W. Wieking, Clerk of Court

Magistrate Judge Nandor J. Vadas

IMPORTANT NOTE — effective January 2015, the Eureka Courthouse has a new address for all purposes:

Eureka Courthouse
3140 Boeing Ave
McKinleyville, CA 95519

Although Judge Vadas' chambers are located in Eureka, he regularly presides over cases in both Eureka and the Bay Area.

Weekly Court Calendar Schedule
Criminal Law & Motion Mondays 1:00 p.m.
Civil Law and Motion Tuesdays 10:00 a.m.
Civil Status and Case Management Conferences Tuesdays 2:00 p.m.
Civil Pre-Trial Conferences Tuesdays 2:30 p.m.
Calendar Clerk & Courtroom Deputy Gloria Knudson 707-445-3612
Civil Case Docketing Mark Romyn 415-522-2009
Criminal Case Docketing

Case terminal digits 1-3: Ruby Woo 415-522-2076
Case terminal digits 4-6: Lori Murray 415-522-2093
Case terminal digits 7-0: Mark Jenkins 415-522-2042
Email for Proposed Orders: NJVpo@cand.uscourts.gov
Email for PDF Follow-Ups: NJVpdf@cand.uscourts.gov (Civil)
CRIMpdf@cand.uscourts.gov (Criminal)

About Magistrate Judge Nandor J. Vadas

Magistrate Judge Nandor J. Vadas was appointed to the bench in 2004. Although Judge Vadas maintains his chambers in Eureka, he also presides over cases in San Francisco. Judge Vadas 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 Eureka. In addition, parties can schedule dispositive motions to be heard on days when Judge Vadas will be in San Francisco. Judge Vadas has presided over a wide variety of criminal cases and civil cases, including matters involving civil rights, employment discrimination, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Indian law, and the Endangered Species Act.

Judge Vadas has worked to improve and expand the services offered by the Court's Eureka division and he has initiated an innovative early settlement program for prisoner civil rights cases designed to provide an alternative method of resolving some of the hundreds of lawsuits brought each year by unrepresented California prisoners housed at Pelican Bay State Prison. The success of the program led to its expansion to all state prisons in the Northern District of California and to some prisons in the Eastern District of California. In addition, Judge Vadas conducts a petty offense and  misdemeanor calendar on the Hopland Indian Reservation in Mendocino County.

Judge Vadas served as Deputy District Attorney for Humboldt County and as Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Eureka region. As a district attorney he prosecuted all federal misdemeanor cases heard in the federal magistrate judge court in Eureka and investigated federal drug and money laundering crimes. He taught a variety of criminal justice courses at the Redwood Police academy at College of the Redwoods.

He served as a deputy district attorney for the City and County of San Francisco from 1983–1989, and as an Assistant United States Attorney in San Francisco from 1989–1998. Judge Vadas is a former member of the Magistrate Judges' Advisory Committee to the Federal Judicial Conferences. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz and U.C. Hastings College of the Law.

All new civil and criminal actions arising in the counties of Del Norte, Lake, Humboldt and Mendocino are assigned directly to Judge Vadas, subject to consent under 28 USC § 636(c)(1).