Senior District Judge Charles R. Breyer

San Francisco Courthouse, Courtroom 6 – 17th Floor
450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102

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.

Webinar ID: 161 147 2837
Password: 785243

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.

Meeting ID: 161 023 1457
Password: 552799

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 Breyer’s Schedule of Upcoming Proceedings…
View Scheduling Notes

Weekly Court Calendar Schedule
Criminal Law & Motion
SentencingsWednesdays10:00 a.m.
All other mattersWednesdays1:30 p.m.
Civil Law & MotionFridays10:00 a.m.
Case Management ConferencesFridays8:30 a.m.
Calendar Clerk & Courtroom DeputyLashanda Scott
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

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 Judge Breyer’s standing orders are set forth below:

Parties must file a single (no duplicates) courtesy chambers copy of all filings. The courtesy copy must be delivered to the Clerk’s Office no later than noon on the court day following the day that the document was electronically filed. (Note: This deadline differs from those in Civil Local Rule 5-1(e)(7)(A).) All chambers copies should be three-hole punched along the left side of the page, and should bear the ECF filing “stamp” (case number, docket number, date, and ECF page number) along the top of the page.

All exhibits shall be clearly delineated with tabs along the right side (e.g., “1”, “2”, “3”). If the filing includes exhibits over three inches thick, the parties shall place the chambers copy in a binder. The Court prefers double-sided printing for voluminous chambers copies of exhibits, if possible.

Delivery Address

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

About District Judge Charles R. Breyer

Born 1941 in San Francisco, CA

Federal Judicial Service:

  • Judge, U. S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • Nominated by William J. Clinton on July 24, 1997, to a seat vacated by D. Lowell Jensen. Confirmed by the Senate on November 8, 1997, and received commission on November 12, 1997. Assumed senior status December 31, 2011.


  • Harvard College, A.B., 1963
  • University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, J.D., 1966

Professional Career:

  • Law Clerk, Hon. Oliver Carter, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1966-1967
  • Counsel, Legal Aid Society of San Francisco [California], 1967
  • Assistant District Attorney, City and County of San Francisco, California, 1967-1973, 1979; Chief Assistant, 1979
  • Assistant Special Prosecutor, Watergate Special Prosecution Force, 1973-1974
  • Private practice, San Francisco, California, 1974-1979, 1980-1997
  • Member, Judicial Conference of the United States, 2006-2010
  • Member, U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, 2011-2018
  • Vice Chair, U.S. Sentencing Commission, 2013-2016; Commissioner, 2016-present
  • Recipient, 2018 Devitt Award