United States District Court, Central District of California

FAQs about Judges' Procedures and Schedules

Last Updated: 05/23/2016

Name:Title:Court RoomLocation:
Hon. R. Gary KlausnerJudge850Los Angeles - Roybal

Courtroom Deputy Clerk:Telephone:
Sharon L. Williams213-894-2649

The best way to contact the judge's courtroom deputy clerk is by calling (213) 894-2649; if the clerk does not answer the phone, be sure to leave a voice-mail message.

Judge: Hon. R. Gary Klausner
Court Clerk: Sharon L. Williams
Court Reporter: Sandra MacNeil
Courtroom: 850
Telephone: 213-894-2649
Telephone: 213-894-5949

  1. Mandatory chambers copies of ALL e-filed documents are to be delivered to Judge Klausner’s Courtesy Box (located outside of the Clerk’s Office, Room 181-L) not later than 12:00 noon the day following e-filing. Please mark the document “Mandatory Chambers Copy", E-filed on (fill in the date).

  2. Counsel shall not contact the clerk with procedural questions regarding e-filing. Counsel shall contact the e-filing help desk at (213) 894-0242.

  3. Civil motions are heard on: Mondays: 9:00 a.m.
    Criminal motions are heard on: Mondays: 1:30 p.m.

    If Monday is a holiday, the next motion date is Tuesday following the Monday holiday. Opposition or reply papers due on a holiday Monday shall be filed the preceding Friday.


  4. Discovery motions are to be calendared before the Magistrate Judge assigned.

  5. Tentative rulings on motions are not issued. Telephonic appearances are NOT permitted.

  6. Ex parte applications are ONLY for extraordinary relief. Sanctions may be imposed for misuse of ex parte applications. See Mission Power Engineering Co. v. Continental Casualty Co., 883 F. Supp. 488 (C.D. Cal. 1995). Ex Parte applications are normally considered on the papers and are rarely set for hearing. If the Court finds that a hearing is necessary, the parties will be notified. Opposition papers are to be filed no later than 3:00 p.m. on the first business day following service of the application. Counsel will be notified by minute order of the Court’s ruling. Counsel shall NOT contact the Courtroom Deputy Clerk regarding status.

  7. Continuances are granted only upon a strong showing of good cause. Requests for continuances must be by motion, stipulation or application accompanied by a declaration setting forth detailed reasons for the requested continuance. The declaration shall also include whether there have been any prior requests for continuances and whether these requests were granted or denied by the Court. Stipulations extending dates set by this Court are not effective unless approved by the Court. Requests for continuance should be submitted well in advance of the requested relief. Requests for continuance not in compliance with this Order or the Local Rules of Practice for the Central District of California will be denied.

  8. Counsel shall not contact the Judge’s law clerks or secretary. All appropriate inquiries shall be directed to the Courtroom Deputy Clerk.

  9. Telephone calls will NOT be returned regarding the status of submitted motions, stipulations or proposed orders. Counsel may determine the status of any submitted motion, stipulation or proposed order by accessing the docket sheet via the internet through the PACER program. Telephone calls will NOT be returned if the information sought is available on the Court’s website, www.cacd.uscourts.gov.

  10. If a calendar conflict exists, counsel shall immediately notify the Courtroom Deputy Clerk by telephone.

  11. Procedures for reserving electronic equipment are available on the Court’s web site under “Services”. If the equipment is not available from the Court, counsel shall request leave to bring electronic equipment into the courtroom. The request shall be made by a letter addressed to the Judge with 2 additional copies, referencing the case name and number, equipment, and vehicles transporting such equipment. Upon delivery of equipment to the Courthouse, the letter if approved shall be provided to Court Security for approval.

  12. 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 you 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.

  13. If counsel has received a "Notice to Parties of Court-Directed ADR Program" (form ADR-08) the Court will presumptively refer the case to the Court Mediation Panel or to private mediation at the time of the initial scheduling conference. See General Order 11-10 5.1. Counsel are directed to furnish and discuss this Notice with their clients in preparation for the parties' Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(f) conference. Counsel shall iinclude their shared or separate views regarding a preference for the Court Mediation Panel or private mediation, and when the mediation should occur, in the written report required by Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(f) and Civil. L.R. 26-1. Although not preferred, sometimes a Magistrate Judge may also be available for settlement conferences. For information about the Court's ADR Court-Directed ADR Program, please see General Order 11-10, which is located in the "General Orders" section on the home page and in the "ADR" page of the Court's website.

  14. Requests for daily trial transcripts should be made through the Court Reporter. The request should be made at least 3 weeks before trial.

  15. Law clerk applicants should consult the Federal Law Clerk Information System website for future openings, deadlines, and application requirements (available at https://oscar.uscourts.gov/). Fall, Spring and Summer full-time externships are available to qualified law students. Extern applicants should mail the Court a cover letter, resume, 10-page writing sample, and a copy of law school transcripts. Please call (213) 894-3938 for any law clerk or extern position questions.

  16. Please see the Judge’s order regarding court or jury trials. These orders contain information regarding exhibit preparation, jury instructions, and verdict forms.

  17. To obtain the services of a court certified interpreter on a civil case, please call the Interpreter’s Section at (213) 894-4370.

  18. Voluminous Trial Materials & Exhibits:
    Arrangements for bringing voluminous trial materials or exhibits into the Courtroom through the Building Vehicle Loading Dock (if required) may be made through the Space & Facilities (S&F) Help Desk, at 213.894.1400.

    Before contacting S&F for a required building security pass, prior approval of delivery time must be coordinated with the Courtroom Deputy Clerk to Judge Klausner.

    Once approval from the Clerk is received, logistical delivery information must be provided to S&F with adequate notice (at least one day) to create and issue required building security pass.

    Counsel and messengers who attempt to access building parking and loading dock without required pass will be denied entry and must utilize public entrances, located on Temple Street.

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Civil Court Trial Order (Nov. 2010).pdf

Order for Discovery and Inspection in Criminal Cases Before Judge R. Gary Klausner.pdf

Order for Discovery and Inspection in Criminal Cases before Judge R Gary Klausner.pdf


CIVIL JURY TRIAL ORDER (revised July 2009).pdf
CIVIL JURY TRIAL ORDER (revised July 2009).pdf

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