Senior District Judge Edward M. Chen

San Francisco Courthouse, Courtroom 5 – 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: 161 991 1861
Password: 912881

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: 161 576 5049
Password: 164951

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 Chen’s Schedule of Upcoming Proceedings…
View Scheduling Notes…

Weekly Court Calendar Schedule
Criminal Law & Motion (Remote)
Criminal Law & Motion (In Person)
2:30 p.m.
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Civil Law & MotionThursdays1:30 p.m.
Initial CMCTuesdays1:30 p.m.
Further CMC/StatusTuesdays2:30 p.m.
Pretrial ConferenceTuesdays2:30 p.m.
TrialDark Thursdays8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Calendar Clerk & Courtroom DeputyVicky Ayala
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 Chen’s standing orders are set forth below:

Chamber hard copies are not required except when (1) the Court expressly asks the parties to provide hard copies or (2) the parties are making filings for: (a) a Final Pretrial Conference; (b) a Claim Construction hearing; or (c) summary judgment proceedings. For hard copies, (1) all documents must be three-hole punched on the left-hand side; and (2) exhibits to declarations must be tabbed. If electronically filed, declarations containing exhibits must be bookmarked (i.e., if the declaration makes reference to an exhibit, the declaration must contain a hyperlink to the corresponding exhibit; declarations and exhibits to be filed as a single PDF.). The foregoing applies regardless of page length.

Delivery Address

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

About Senior District Judge Edward M. Chen

Born 1953 in Oakland, CA

Federal Judicial Service:

  • Judge, U. S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • Nominated by Barack Obama on August 6, 2009 and renominated on January 20, 2010, September 13, 2010, and January 5, 2011, to a seat vacated by Martin J. Jenkins; Confirmed by the Senate on May 10, 2011, and received commission on May 12, 2011
  • U.S. Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2001-2011


  • University of California, Berkeley, A.B., 1975
  • University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, J.D., 1979

Professional Career:

  • Law clerk, Hon. Charles B. Renfrew, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1979-1980
  • Attorney, Asian Law Caucus, San Francisco, California, 1980-1981
  • Law clerk, Hon. James R. Browning, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1981-1982
  • Private practice, San Francisco, California, 1982-1985
  • Staff attorney, American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California, 1985-2001