Search for court records online in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California (N.D. Cal.) and lookup case information on federal litigation in the following counties in California: Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Sonoma. Access the court dockets, court documents, transcripts, and legal data you need on the parties, attorneys, law firms, and judges involved in the court cases in the California Northern District.
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has jurisdiction over Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Sonoma counties. The Northern District of California was established in 1850, just two years after California was ceded to the U.S. by Mexico and mere weeks after California gained statehood. California’s first two federal courts were established at the same time and divided the state into a northern and a southern district. The Northern District currently has fourteen United States District Judges and twelve United States Magistrate Judges.
The N.D. Cal. has four separate courthouse locations, including the Phillip Burton Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, 450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102; the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, 1301 Clay Street, Oakland, CA 94612; the Robert F. Peckham Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, 280 South 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95113; and the U.S. Courthouse, 3140 Boeing Avenue, McKinleyville, CA 95519.
The Clerk of Court is Mark B. Busby. The Office of the Clerk of Court is located at the Phillip Burton Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse. The Office can be reached by calling (415) 522-2000.
The Chief Judge is the Hon. Richard Seeborg, located at the Phillip Burton Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in San Francisco in Courtroom 3. You can reach the Chief Judge’s Chambers by calling (415) 522-2123.
The Chief Magistrate Judge is the Hon. Joseph C. Spero, located at the Phillip Burton Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in San Francisco in Courtroom F. You can reach the Chief Magistrate Judge’s Chambers by calling (415) 522-2035.
The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California is Stephanie M. Hinds, who has been a prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for 27 years. The U.S. Attorney’s Main Office for the Northern District of California is located at the Phillip Burton Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse. You can reach the U.S. Attorney’s Main Office in the Northern District by calling (415) 436-7200.
Locating the court records you need for the Northern District of California from the Public Access to Court Electronic Records, or PACER, can be cost-prohibitive, grueling, and time-intensive.
PACER charges you every time you use their platform to search for court records, even if your case search does not find any matches. PACER also does not limit the cost per case search, meaning you could be charged an excessive fee for a bad search term. On the other hand, UniCourt collects all of the newly filed civil cases in the Northern District of California each day and lets you search through all of the case filings in our CrowdSourced Library™ free of charge. UniCourt’s PACER API also gives you a real-time interface and bulk access to PACER’s entire database of civil and criminal federal court data for the California Northern District.
Not only does PACER charge for searching court cases in N.D. Cal., but PACER also charges excessive fees for downloading court documents. While PACER claims that document fees are 10 cents per page and capped at $3, PACER actually charges unlimited fees for access to court transcripts. PACER also strong-arms users into paying additional fees if they want to download the same document multiple times. Contrary to PACER, if UniCourt has a document you need from N.D. Cal. in our CrowdSourced Library™, you can download it for free as many times as you want without any additional charges.
Along with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, UniCourt gives you access to court records for all of the other U.S. District Courts in California, including the Eastern District of California, the Central District of California, and the Southern District of California. UniCourt also provides you with bulk access to all federal court records within California, such as cases filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit at the James R. Browning U.S. Courthouse and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California. Beyond federal court records across the State of California, UniCourt further provides you with access to California state court records for many of the counties in the Northern District, including San Francisco County, Alameda County, San Mateo County, and Santa Clara County.
UniCourt’s industry-leading Legal Data APIs provide Enterprise users with on-demand, bulk access to structured data from California state and federal courts. UniCourt collects, organizes, standardizes, and normalizes court data from all federal courts and makes it easily accessible via our APIs as a part of our Legal Data as a Service (LDaaS) offerings for business development, competitive intelligence, litigation strategy, and process automation.
California Northern District Court
(U.S. District Courts)
450 Golden Gate Avenue, Box 36060, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA