James R. Browning United States Courthouse
95 Seventh Street
San Francisco, CA 94103


The James R. Browning U.S. Courthouse, a National Historic Landmark, is located at the corner of Seventh and Mission Streets in San Francisco. The public entrance is 95 Seventh Street. Opened in 1905, this is considered one of America’s most beautiful public buildings.

Today, it is the headquarters for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which hears appeals from lower court decisions in the federal courts of nine Western states. Court of Appeals oral argument hearings are held for one week of each month, and the public may attend. For more information, or to see the court’s calendar of oral arguments, check the website http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov (See http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/calendar)

The court also offers free docent-led public tours of the historic courthouse on the Tuesdays listed below. The tours begin at 1 p.m. and last approximately 60 minutes. The tours include visiting the old post office lobby on the first floor, and available courtrooms. No reservations are required for individuals to join the public tour. Enter the building and meet the tour guide in the lobby. Each adult entering the building needs to pass through security screening and bring a photo ID.

The court also welcomes group tours, if arranged in advance. For more information about future tours, or to arrange a group tour, please call (415) 355-7988.

Public tours of the building and courtrooms begin at 1 p.m. on the following dates:

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
April 19, 2016
May 3, 2016
May 17, 2016
June 7, 2016
June 21 cancelled

June 28, 2016 - added

July 12, 2016
July 26, 2016
August 16, 2016
August 30, 2016
September 6 - cancelled

September 20, 2016 - added

September 27, 2016

October 11, 2016
October 25, 2016
November 8, 2016
November 22, 2016
December 6, 2016
December 20, 2016