United States District Court, Central District of California

FAQs about Judges' Procedures and Schedules

Last Updated: 05/09/2016

Name:Title:Court RoomLocation:
Hon. Philip S. GutierrezJudge880Los Angeles - Roybal

Courtroom Deputy Clerk:Telephone:
Wendy K. Hernandez213-894-8899

Court Clerk: Wendy K. Hernandez

Court Reporter: Marea Woolrich
Courtroom: 880 - Roybal
Telephone: 213-894-8899
Email: Wendy_Hernandez@cacd.uscourts.gov
Telephone: 213-894-2853
Email: mareawoolrich@aol.com

  1. Civil motions are heard on Mondays at 1:30 p.m.
    Criminal motions are heard on Mondays at 10:00 a.m.
    Motion dates are not reserved accordingly, parties are instructed to review the Closed Motion Dates Calendar (see above) before e-filing a motion.
    If Monday is a holiday, please select the next available Monday.

  2. Discovery motions are to be calendared before the assigned magistrate judge. Discovery proposed stipulations and protective orders are to be properly referenced before the assigned magistrate judge.

  3. Please see the attached Initial Standing Order for detailed procedures regarding cases assigned to Judge Gutierrez.

  4. Civil and criminal trials are held Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Motions In Limine are heard on the first day of trial at 9:00 a.m. Please review the attached orders regarding court or jury trials. These orders contain information regarding trial pleadings.

  5. Pursuant to Local Rule 5-4.5, mandatory chambers copies of all electronically filed documents should be delivered directly to Courtroom 880 no later than the following business day before Noon. The mandatory chamber copies shall be blue-backed and shall include the Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF), and the electronic header at the top of each document. Counsel are advised that failure to comply may result in the imposition of sanctions. In addition, all proposed orders should be electronically mailed in WordPerfect or Microsoft Word to the Judge’s generic e-mail address at psg_chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov.

  6. Inquiries regarding the status on a motion, stipulation, or proposed order are not handled telephonically. Counsel may review the Court’s docket via PACER, in order to obtain updated case information. Parties may register for access to PACER by visiting the court’s website.

  7. 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 shall be electronically filed, along with a declaration indicating the necessity of the Ex Parte, stating that opposing counsel has been notified and/or whether there is an opposition to the application. Ex Parte applications are typically considered on the papers. Therefore, if the Court finds that a hearing is necessary, then the parties shall be notified by minute order. Opposition to an Ex Parte application shall be filed no later than 3:00 p.m. on the first business day following service of the application. Ex Parte applications and oppositions shall be served by personal delivery or facsimile. A mandatory chambers copy of the application or opposition shall be delivered directly to Courtroom 880. Counsel shall be notified by minute order of the Court’s ruling.

  8. Counsel shall not contact the Judge’s chambers’ staff for any reason. All inquiries shall be directed to the court clerk.

  9. Calendar conflicts should be immediately brought to the attention of the court clerk by telephone. Please include the name of the judge and the conflicting time.

  10. Counsel shall electronically file a stipulation and order if they are seeking a hearing continuance or an extension of time. A mandatory chambers copy of the application shall be delivered directly to Courtroom 880 no later than the following business day before Noon, and the proposed orders should be electronically mailed in WordPerfect or Microsoft Word to the Judge’s generic e-mail address at psg_chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov.

  11. Telephonic appearances and/or telephonic conferences are not permitted by the Court.

  12. Electronic equipment is not allowed into the courtroom, without first obtaining the Court’s approval by stipulation and proposed order.

  13. To obtain a transcript of any reported proceeding, please contact the court reporter by reviewing the hearing date on the docket or by visiting the Court's web site and selecting Clerk Services>Court Reporting Services>Court Reporter Schedule. Once you have determined the correct court reporter for the desired hearing, select Phone List>Official Court Reporters or Contract Court Reporter Panel.

  14. To obtain the services of a court-certified interpreter on a civil case, please visit the Court's website and select Clerk Services>Interpreter Services

  15. 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 should include 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. A settlement conference with a magistrate judge is generally not available for cases in the Court-Directed ADR Program. See Civil L.R.26-1(c). For information about the Court’s 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.

  16. A copy of the Local Rules may be purchased at the following addresses:
    • Los Angeles Daily Journal, 915 East First Street, Los Angeles, California 90012
    • Metropolitan News, 210 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, California 90012
    • West Publishing Company, 50 West Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul, Minnesota 55164-9979

  17. 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 Gutierrez.

    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 Main St., Spring St. or Temple St. (Roybal Building)

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