Robert F. Peckham Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse
280 S. 1st Street
San Jose, CA 95113
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The five-story courthouse is part of the United States District Court's Northern California district. It is the San Jose branch serving Santa Clara, San Benito, Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties.
Property Manager: Darin Nott
Public Hours: 8 a.m.– 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (except federal holidays)
For more building information or service calls, see contact information at top right (or by scrolling down on mobile devices). For other federal government information, call 1-800-FED-INFO.
Parking and Public Transportation
There is paid covered parking at the Second and San Carlos Street Garage. Public transportation is available via Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority [a nongovernment website].
All public visitors are required to pass through electronic security equipment located on the first floor. ADA access is available at the main entrance of the building.
Major tenants are the U.S. District Court, SSA, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review, U.S. Probation, and U.S. Bankruptcy Court. In the latest (2015) Tenant Satisfaction Survey, 55% rated the federal building and GSA services four or five on a five-point scale. Additional information for tenants >
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History and Architecture
Located in the Central Business District on prime real estate in downtown San Jose, the facility consists of two low-rise steel framed buildings with concrete exteriors connected by a canopy-covered courtyard. The canopy is constructed with large crystal prisms that catch and reflect rainbow hues into the courthouse lobbies.
The building is named after the late Judge Peckham, a former chief district judge of the Northern District who helped pioneer use of legal means other than court trials to resolve disputes. The Northern District’s Alternative Dispute Resolution program took root under his leadership and has since become one of the most innovative and successful in the nation.