Oakland Courthouses

Last updated: October 24, 2013

Oakland is the busiest port city in Northern California and one of the most diverse cities in the country. The city also has very busy court system. There are five courthouses in or near downtown Oakland that serve the County of Alameda Superior Court. The Superior Court has seven divisions - civil, small claims, family law, probate, criminal, traffic and juvenile - and many more departments. Oakland also has two federal court locations: one for district court cases and another for bankruptcy proceedings. If you have business with an Oakland court, this guide to Oakland courthouses contains important information for you, including contact information, the types of cases heard at each location, and services offered there.

Alameda County Courthouses

  • Rene C. Davidson Courthouse

    1225 Fallon Street
    Oakland,
    CA 94612

    Tel: (510) 891-6000

    The courthouse hears civil, criminal and juvenile cases. Departments 1-13 are located here. Services available at this location include ADR services, family law facilitator services and a self-help center.

  • County Administration Building

    1221 Oak Street
    3rd and 4th Floors

    Oakland,
    CA 94612

    Tel: (510) 272-6984

    This location hears civil and small claims cases. Departments 14-25 are located here. The Clerk’s Office for these cases is located at the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse.

  • Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse

    661 Washington Street
    Oakland,
    CA 94607

    Tel: (510) 627-4700

    This courthouse hears criminal cases and traffic violations. Departments 101-115 are located here. Services available at this location include a children’s waiting room and pretrial services. There is a parking structure on the corner of 7th and Jefferson that charges $6.00 per day with validation from the courthouse.

  • George E. McDonald Hall of Justice

    2233 Shoreline Drive
    Alameda,
    CA 94501

    Tel: (510) 263-4300

    This location in Alameda hears cases involving family law issues, including child custody, visitation and support, juvenile dependency, elder abuse and domestic violence. Departments 301-303 are located here. There is also a self-help center at this location.

  • Berkeley Courthouse

    2120 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way
    Berkeley,
    CA 94704

    Tel: (510) 647-4470

    The Berkeley Courthouse hears probate cases. Departments 201 and 202 are located here. There is a fee for street parking and nearby parking garages.

Federal Courts in Oakland

  • Oakland Courthouse

    U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
    1301 Clay Street

    Oakland,
    CA 94612

    Tel: (510) 637-3530

    This courthouse hears cases arising under federal law or cases with parties form multiple states.