Magistrate Judge Robert M. Illman

Eureka-McKinleyville Courthouse
3140 Boeing Ave
McKinleyville, CA 95519

Judge Illman regularly presides over cases in both McKinleyville and the Bay Area.

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: 160 278 5779
Password: 990329

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: 161 233 7128
Passcode: 008888

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

Weekly Court Calendar Schedule
Criminal Law & MotionMondays1:00 p.m.
Civil Law and MotionTuesdays11:00 a.m.
Civil Status ConferencesTuesdays10:00 a.m.
Case Management ConferencesTuesdays1:00 p.m.
Civil Pretrial ConferencesTuesdays2:00 p.m.
Calendar Clerk & Courtroom DeputyGloria Knudson
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
Email for Settlement-Related


Chambers copies should not be submitted unless otherwise ordered by the court.

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 Illman’s standing orders are set forth below:

With respect to chambers’ copies of motions and proposed orders, all parties are hereby relieved of mailing chambers’ copies until further notice.

Delivery Address

Eureka-McKinleyville Federal Courthouse
3140 Boeing Avenue
McKinleyville, CA 95519

About Magistrate Judge Robert M. Illman

Magistrate Judge Robert M. Illman was appointed to the bench in 2017.

Judge Illman regularly holds case management conferences and hears many types of motions by video or teleconference at the convenience of the parties. In addition, Judge Illman sits in San Francisco for certain motions and trials.

Prior to taking the bench, Judge Illman served as a law clerk to Magistrate Judge Nandor J. Vadas in the Northern District of California, and to Chief Magistrate Judge Wallace Capel, Jr. (ret.) of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. Prior to that, Judge Illman served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Montgomery, Alabama, representing indigent defendants charged with various crimes in federal trial and appellate courts, as well as representing Alabama’s death row inmates in their federal habeas corpus litigation. Through his broad background as an attorney working for and practicing in the federal courts, Judge Illman has developed extensive experience in all manner of cases brought before the district court.

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