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/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 hosted group tour, please submit an application at least 21 days in advance. If you have additional questions, call (415) 355-8090.
Public tours of the building and courtrooms begin at 1 p.m. as listed below: