United States District Court, Central District of California

FAQs about Judges' Procedures and Schedules

Last Updated: 11/05/2015

Name:Title:Court RoomLocation:
Hon. David O. CarterJudge9DSanta Ana

Courtroom Deputy Clerk:Telephone:
Deborah Goltz714-338-4543

THE BEST WAY to contact Judge Carter’s Courtroom Deputy Clerk is by e-mail at DOC_Chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov. Alternatively, you can reach Ms. Goltz by calling (714) 338-4543. If Ms. Goltz is unavailable, please leave a voicemail with your contact information, the case name and number, and a brief message. Counsel should not contact the court clerk with procedural questions regarding electronic filing. Counsel shall refer to L.R. 5-4 and/or contact the electronic filing help desk at 213-894-0242.

Hon. David O. Carter
Court Clerk: Deborah Goltz
Court Reporter: Debbie Gale
Courtroom: 9D, Santa Ana
Telephone: 714-338-4543
Telephone: 714-558-8141


  1. Motions. Motions are heard on Mondays. When Monday is a holiday, the next motion date is the following Monday. It is not necessary to clear or reserve a motion date with the court clerk prior to filing the motion, but the motion must be in compliance with all Local and Federal Rules regarding service.

    1. Civil Motions, Status Conferences, and Pre-Trial Conferences are set for Mondays at 8:30 a.m.

    2. Criminal Motions, Status Conferences, Pleas, and Sentencings are set for Mondays at 1:30 p.m.

  2. Trials. Trials are held Tuesday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until the Court recesses for the day.


  1. Mandatory Chambers Copies and Filing in Santa Ana. Mandatory Chambers Copies of all e-filed documents shall be delivered to the mandatory chambers copy box on the 9th Floor by noon following the date of filing as required by Local Rule 5-4.5. Counsel shall email any proposed order in WordPerfect or Microsoft Word to DOC_Chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov as required by Local Rule 5-4.4.2.

  2. Continuances. Continuances are rarely granted. To request a continuance of a hearing date, a stipulation signed by all parties should be filed, setting forth in detail the reason for the requested continuance. Ex parte applications for continuances will be granted only upon good cause shown.

  3. Tentative rulings. The Court may issue a tentative ruling on a motion. If so, copies will be distributed to counsel the morning of the hearing.

  4. Court appearances. Parties shall be represented at all court appearances by the counsel expected to be in charge of conducting trial on behalf of the parties. Under no circumstances should counsel, or a party if the party is appearing pro se, fail to appear at a court appearance unless their appearance has been waived by prior order of the Court. Even if a settlement has been reached, counsel for all parties, or the party if appearing pro se, must appear at court appearances until a stipulation of dismissal signed by all parties has been lodged with the Court.

  5. Ex Parte Applications. Ex -Parte applications are submitted on the papers. If the Court finds that a hearing is necessary, counsel will be notified and given a hearing date and time. The moving party shall serve the opposing party and shall notify the opposing party that any opposition must be filed no later than 24 hours after such service. If counsel does not intend to oppose the ex parte application, counsel must inform the Court as soon as possible.


Early in the litigation of a case, the Court sends out an Order Setting a Scheduling Conference. This Order provides important guidance regarding the procedures counsel should follow. At or after the Scheduling Conference, the Court provides counsel with a Scheduling Order. This Order confirms the dates selected by counsel and the Court and provides further guidance regarding the procedures that counsel should follow. Both Orders should be read and attended to carefully, as compliance with the Orders is required. Samples of the Orders can be obtained by clicking on the attachments below.


Effective July 8. 2013, procedures for all requests to file documents under seal have changed. Please see order below for instructions.


Law clerk applications should be submitted online through OSCAR (https://oscar.uscourts.gov/). All requirements for law clerks are found on OSCAR. Questions should be directed to the Judge's law clerks, who can be reached at (714) 338-4545.

Externs are hired for the spring, summer and fall terms. All externs are expected to be full-time. Extern applicants should apply in August for spring externships; in December for summer externships; and in February for fall externships. Applicants should send a resume, brief writing sample and transcript (if available) to the following address: Chambers of David O. Carter 9-160, Ronald Reagan Federal Building and United States Courthouse, 411 West Fourth Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701-4516.

Other information:
Counsel are directed to comply with all Local Rules. If counsel have received a "Notice to Parties of ADR Program" (form ADR-08, ADR-10, or ADR-11 with attached "ADR Program Questionnaire" form ADR-09), please see the section on the Court's website entitled "ADR," General Order 02-07, for further information. The ADR section also contains Attorney Settlement Officer information.

For general information on how to order a transcript of any reported or digitally recorded proceeding, please contact 213-894-3015 or visit the court website (www.cacd.uscourts.gov) section referring to Court Reporter/Recorder Transcripts. If your require an estimate of cost for the preparation of a transcript, contact the court reporter/recorder for the desired proceeding.

To determine the court reporter/recorder for a particular proceeding, go to the Court Reporter Schedule web page and click on View by Date. Once you've determined the correct court reporter/recorder for the desired session, click on Court Reporter Phone and Email List for contact information.

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