The official webpage of the Federal Public Defender for the Nothern District of California. The office provides indigent defense for individuals accused of federal offenses in the San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose area.


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The Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of California was established in 1972, and is dedicated to the defense of clients charged with federal offenses. The Federal Defender is authorized and funded pursuant to the Criminal Justice Act, ("CJA") 18 USC § 3006A, et seq. The caseload ranges from petty offenses, to multi-defendant drug conspiracies, sophisticated computer crimes, and international smuggling cases.

The Northern District of California stretches along the coast from Monterey County in the south to the Oregon border in the north. It includes the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Sonoma.

This website is designed to provide information for CJA counsel and our clients.



➤ San Francisco Office

450 Golden Gate Avenue
Room 19-6884, Box 36106
San Francisco, CA 94102
415.436.7706 (fax)

➤ Oakland office

1301 Clay Street
Suite 1350N
Oakland, CA 94612
510.637.3507 (fax)

➤ San Jose office

55 South Market Street, Ste. 820
San Jose, CA 95113
408.291.7399 (fax)