United States District Court - Northern District Court of California

Claudia Wilken, Chief Judge

Richard W. Wieking, Clerk of Court

ADR Magistrate Judge

The Court shall designate one of its Magistrate Judges as the ADR Magistrate Judge.  The ADR Magistrate Judge is responsible for overseeing the ADR Unit, consulting with the ADR Director and legal staff on matters of policy, program design and evaluation, education, training and administration.  The ADR Magistrate Judge shall rule on all requests to be excused from appearing in person at arbitration, ENE, and mediation sessions, and shall hear and determine all complaints alleging violations of these ADR Local Rules.  When necessary, the Chief District Judge will appoint another Magistrate Judge of this Court to perform, temporarily, the duties of the ADR Magistrate Judge. (See ADR L.R. 2-2) (.pdf)

The current ADR Magistrate Judge is Magistrate Judge Maria-Elena James.

For information about requesting to be excused from appearing in person at an ADR session or about reporting a violation of the ADR Local Rules, including information on how to address these communication, please see the Answers to Common Procedural Questions page.