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Judge Tigar to be Assigned Oakland Criminal Cases and Hold Criminal Hearings in Oakland

As of Wednesday, August 7, 2013, Judge Jon S. Tigar will be assigned Oakland-venued criminal cases. Judge Tigar will no longer be assigned new San Francisco-venued criminal cases.

On Friday, September 20, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. and every third Friday of the month thereafter, Judge Tigar will appear in Oakland to hold law and motion hearings for Oakland-venued criminal cases. Information regarding the location of Judge Tigar's Oakland criminal hearings will be posted on his weekly calendar on the Court's website.

While motion hearings will occur in Oakland, all pretrial conferences, trials and evidentiary hearings in Judge Tigar's Oakland criminal cases will continue to be heard in San Francisco. Also, during the months that Judge Tigar serves as General Duty Judge in San Francisco, he will hold no calendars in Oakland.

Until September 20, 2013, in-court appearances for Judge Tigar's Oakland criminal cases will take place in San Francisco during his regular criminal law and motion calendar on Fridays at 9:00 a.m. in Courtroom 9 on the 19th Floor. However, all proceedings prior to the initial appearance (e.g., arraignments, attorney appointment proceedings, detention hearings) in Oakland criminal cases assigned to Judge Tigar shall be conducted by the Criminal Duty Magistrate Judge in Oakland, as with any Oakland-venued criminal case.

Manually-filed documents in Judge Tigar's Oakland criminal cases must be filed in the Oakland Clerk's Office, and chambers copies should be submitted to Judge Tigar's San Francisco chambers in accordance with his standing orders. When a party is seeking to file a document under seal, they must follow the procedures required by the Criminal Local Rules. All under seal documents should be lodged with the Oakland Clerk's Office. However, the parties shall submit a chambers copy of the under seal documents directly to Judge Tigar's San Francisco chambers in accordance with his standing orders.

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District Judge William H. Orrick Joins San Francisco Division

The United States District Court for the Northern District of California is pleased to announce that United States District Judge William H. Orrick, the court’s newly-appointed Article III judge, has joined the court’s San Francisco division, filling the seat vacated when Distict Judge Charles R. Breyer took senior status.

Prior to his nomination to the court, Judge Orrick served in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice from 2009-2012, most recently as the deputy assistant attorney general supervising civil immigration litigation. A graduate of the Boston College Law School and Yale University, Judge Orrick began his legal career as an attorney with the Georgia Legal Services Program in Savannah, Georgia from 1979-1984. Judge Orrick was a long-time partner with the law firm of Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP in San Francisco, where he practiced civil litigation from 1984 to 2009 and for the past ten months while he awaited confirmation. His father was a member of our court from 1974-2001.

Judge Orrick received his commission on May 16, 2013 and was sworn in by Chief Judge Claudia Wilken on May 20, 2013. He will begin receiving cases from the assignment system at the end of June, including both new cases and reassignments from other judges. Judge Orrick will hold proceedings in Courtroom 2 on the 17th Floor. The court warmly welcomes Judge Orrick to the federal bench.

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District Judge Jon S. Tigar Joins San Francisco Division

The United States District Court for the Northern District of California is pleased to announce that United States District Judge Jon S. Tigar, the court’s newly-appointed Article III judge, has joined the court’s San Francisco division.

Judge Tigar comes to our court from the Alameda County Superior Court, where he served as a judge from 2002 to 2012. Before his appointment to the state court bench, Judge Tigar, a graduate of the University of California Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law and Williams College, was a partner in the law firm of Keker & Van Nest from 1994 to 2002; a trial attorney in the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office from 1993 to 1994; and an associate at the law firm of Morrison & Foerster. After graduating from law school, Judge Tigar clerked for Judge Robert S. Vance of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Judge Tigar was sworn in by Chief Judge Claudia Wilken on January 18, 2013. He will begin receiving cases from the assignment system in mid-February, including both new cases and reassignments from other judges. Judge Tigar will hold proceedings in Courtroom 9 on the 19th Floor. The court warmly welcomes Judge Tigar to the federal bench.

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Judge White to Take Oakland Criminal Cases

Effective December 13, 2012, certain newly filed felony criminal cases venued in Oakland will be assigned to Judge Jeffrey S. White in San Francisco. Judge White will no longer be assigned new San Francisco-venued criminal cases.

Until further notice, in-court appearances for Judge White's Oakland criminal cases will take place in San Francisco during his regular criminal law and motion calendar on Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. in Courtroom 11 on the 19th Floor. However, all proceedings (e.g., arraignments, attorney appointment proceedings, detention hearings) prior to the initial appearance before Judge White shall be conducted by the Criminal Duty Magistrate Judge in Oakland, as with any Oakland-venued criminal case.

Manually-filed documents in Judge White's Oakland criminal cases must be filed in the Oakland Clerk's Office, and chambers copies should be submitted to Judge White's San Francisco chambers in accordance with his standing orders. When a party is seeking to file a document under seal, they must follow the procedures required by Criminal Local Rule 55-1(b). All under seal documents should be lodged with the Oakland Clerk's Office. However, the parties shall submit a chambers copy of the under seal documents directly to Judge White's San Francisco chambers in accordance with his standing orders.

Retrieved from http://www.cand.uscourts.gov/news/102