Effective August 2, 2021 and until further notice, all visitors to any Northern District of California courthouse must review the court’s COVID-19 pre-screening questionnaire before arriving at the courthouse.  

Masking requirements in the Courthouses and Federal Buildings in the Northern District of California respond to changes in the status of community transmission and are set per guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Mask and physical distancing requirements for individual courtrooms will continue to be determined by the assigned judge.

Until further notice, the intake counters and public terminals at each divisional courthouse will be open Monday – Friday, from 9:00AM – 1:00PM. Drop boxes will remain available while public counters are open.  The San Francisco courthouse dropbox has been relocated to the 16th Floor.

Questions may be directed to the following phone numbers: San Francisco Courthouse: (415) 522-2000; Oakland Courthouse: (510) 637-3530; San Jose Courthouse: (408) 535-5363; or McKinleyville Courthouse: (707) 445-3612.  Questions about under-seal criminal filings, payments, or deliveries should be directed to (415) 522-2000.  Questions regarding electronic filing/PACER may be directed to Media inquiries may be directed to

For updated information on Santa Rita Jail, please visit

See General Order 78: In re Update on Court Proceedings and Operations Following State of California Reopening.