United States District Court - Northern District Court of California

Claudia Wilken, Chief Judge

Richard W. Wieking, Clerk of Court

Court Wi-Fi

The United States District Court for the Northern District of California is pleased to announce that free wireless public internet access is now available to persons doing business with the court in all Northern District court locations-San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland and Eureka. Court Wi-Fi makes it possible for users to connect to the public internet using the wireless technology used in most laptops. If users are able connect to a typical home or business Wi-Fi system, they can connect to court Wi-Fi.

Users must have a compatible wireless-enabled device to connect to court Wi-Fi; no wired connections are allowed. Coverage areas include all courtrooms, meeting rooms, libraries, attorney lounges, chambers meeting rooms, and media centers.


Before using court Wi-Fi, users must agree to the following Terms of Use:

Terms of Use

General Information

  1. Court Wi-Fi is an entirely wireless service utilizing standard IEEE 802.11B/G/N technology. Court Wi-Fi does not cover any cellular service or any type of wired connectivity.
  2. Court Wi-Fi is provided to benefit the bench and the bar, and is intended for use only by attorneys and other persons having business with the court.
  3. No technical or other support will be provided by court staff, or by the vendor.
  4. If users experience technical difficulty with personally owned equipment, users must consult with their own technology support resources. A user who believes that court Wi-Fi is not functioning should notify the ECF Helpdesk at ecfhelpdesk@cand.uscourts.gov, or 866-638-7829 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding court holidays. The ECF Helpdesk will determine whether court Wi-Fi is operational. In the event that court Wi-Fi is unavailable, alternate arrangements must be made by the user. The court will not modify court Wi-Fi for individual users.
  5. Illegal use of the system will be reported to law enforcement.

Proper Use

  1. General Order 58 for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California covers the use of electronic devices in the courthouse and must be adhered to at all times. In addition, individual judges may issue specific orders regarding the use of Wi-Fi in their courtrooms and by jurors. It is the responsibility of users to stay abreast of court orders.
  2. The court will automatically assign users with an IP address each time a user accesses court Wi-Fi. This IP address is subject to constant change and should NOT be programmed into any device for the purpose of accessing court Wi-Fi.
  3. Charging for court Wi-Fi or reselling any aspect of court Wi-Fi is strictly prohibited.
  4. Court Wi-Fi must be used for the intended and stated purpose. Improper use includes, but is not limited to:   Modifying, adapting, translating, or reverse engineering any portion of court Wi-Fi; attempting to breach security, access, tamper with or use any unauthorized or restricted areas of court Wi-Fi; removing, tampering with or disabling copyright, trademark or other proprietary rights notices from court Wi-Fi; logging onto court Wi-Fi under false or fraudulent pretenses; accessing court Wi-Fi simultaneously through multiple access points; authorizing or enabling other persons or entities to use court Wi-Fi by disclosing log-in names and passwords; attempting to collect or maintain any information about other users of court Wi-Fi including usernames and/or email addresses, and disclosing same to third parties; transmitting unwanted and unsolicited electronic communications indiscriminately to multiple mailing lists, individuals or newsgroups; sending chain letters to other users, or otherwise interfering with other users' use of court Wi-Fi; transmitting content that falsely expresses or implies that content, speech or activity is sponsored or endorsed by the United States District Court; infringing, misappropriating or violating the intellectual property, publicity, privacy or other proprietary rights of any party; distributing or engaging in speech that is defamatory, objectionable, unlawful or promotes or encourages illegal activity; transmitting destructive or disabling software or code-like viruses, worms and Trojan horses; using court Wi-Fi for an unlawful, harassing, abusive, criminal or fraudulent purpose; logging onto court Wi-Fi under false or fraudulent pretenses.

Change in Service and Termination

  1. To ensure the integrity of the network, the court reserves the right to maintain, monitor, alter, manage or terminate court Wi-Fi and to modify the Terms of Use for any reason without notice; to restrict use to counsel appearing before the court when necessary; and to block data transmissions to protect the United States District Court, court Wi-Fi, and the public.

Privacy & Content Disclaimer

  1. Court Wi-Fi does not store the content of online communications or the content of data transfers and court employees do not access the content of any communications or attachments that users send or receive. The court does reserve the right to monitor traffic volume and security. Users understand and agree that the United States District Court may access, preserve, and disclose court Wi-Fi information if required to do so by law or in a good faith belief that such preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to comply with legal process or to protect the rights and property of the United States District Court or the public.
  2. The court does not exercise control over sites that users visit or services that users use. Users should read the privacy policies of all sites visited and services used to learn how personal information is handled. The District Court does not control and is not responsible for data, content, services, or products that users access or download through court Wi-Fi.

User Responsibilities

  1. Users understand that court Wi-Fi is not inherently secure and that wireless communications can be intercepted by technology designed and intended for that purpose. The court is not liable to users or third parties for any breach of security that may result from the use of court Wi-Fi; users are fully responsible for providing their own security measures and for taking adequate measures to safeguard data from loss. All equipment, technology and software needed to use court Wi-Fi are the responsibility of the user.

Disclaimer of Warranties

  1. Court Wi-Fi and all materials, information, products and services accessed through court Wi-Fi are provided without warranty. Users understand that court Wi-Fi may not be uninterrupted or error free, and that there is no warranty or guarantee that court Wi-Fi will operate at any minimum data transfer speed. Users who download or otherwise obtain material or data through the use of court Wi-Fi do so solely at their own risk and discretion and are solely responsible for any data loss or equipment damage.

Limit of Liability

  1. Under no circumstances shall the United States District Court or its suppliers or licensors be liable to any user or any third party due to use of court Wi-Fi. The provision of court Wi-Fi is discretionary and the United States District Court and its suppliers and licensors are not liable for any delay or failure in performance.

Indemnity

  1. Users agree to hold harmless and indemnify the United States District Court and its suppliers and licensors from and against any claim arising from or in any way related to the use of court Wi-Fi.

Court Wi-Fi Terms of Use constitute the entire agreement between the parties with respect to court Wi-Fi, and waiver of any provision of the Terms of Use agreement will be effective only if in writing and signed by the Clerk of Court.


BY CONNECTING TO THIS SYSTEM I FULLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO THE TERMS OF USE.