- Civil Motions: Friday at 9:30 a.m.
- Criminal Motions: Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.
Motions: You must click on the link at the top of the page to view closed motion dates. It is not necessary to clear a hearing date with the court clerk prior to filing a motion, except for motions for summary judgment or preliminary injunction. Moving papers are to be filed and served at least twenty-eight (28) days before the hearing date. Opposition papers are to be filed and served no later than twenty-one (21) days before the hearing date, and any reply papers are to be filed and served at least fourteen (14) days before the hearing date. See Local Rules 6-1, 7-9, 7-10.
Prior to filing a motion, Counsel shall comply with the requirement of conference of counsel under Local Rule 7-3.
Telephonic Appearances: The Court may permit appearances by telephone for status conferences, scheduling conferences, and for oral argument on motions upon a showing that a personal appearance will cause undue hardship. If you wish to appear by telephone, you must:
- notify the court clerk and opposing counsel at least three (3) court days in advance of the scheduled appearance;
- provide the court clerk with the telephone number (land lines only; no cellular phones) at which the Court can reach you;
- be available at that number for at least one-half hour before the time of the scheduled hearing.
Tentative Rulings: The Court makes every effort to issue a tentative ruling on the day of the hearing.
Mandatory Chambers Copies: All original filings are to be filed electronically pursuant to Local Rule 5-4. ONE mandatory chambers copy of ALL electronically filed documents MUST be delivered to the courtroom deputy clerk (Room G-19) no later than 12:00 p.m. the following business day. See Local Rule 11-4.1. ONLY documents pertaining to ex parte applications should be delivered directly to the mandatory chambers copy box located next to the chambers (Room 218P, 312 N. Spring Street). Mandatory chambers copies DO NOT need to be blue-backed. All mandatory chambers copies of pretrial documents shall be two-hole punched at the top.
Ex Parte Applications: Ex parte applications are solely for extraordinary relief and should be used with discretion. (See Mission Power Engineering Co. v. Continental Casualty Co., 883 F. Supp. 488 (C.D. Cal. 1995). Ex parte applications are taken under submission on the papers and are rarely set for hearing. Counsel will be notified of the Court’s ruling. If a hearing is necessary, the court clerk will notify counsel of the date and time of the hearing. The moving party shall immediately serve the ex parte application on the opposing party by fax, email, or hand delivery and shall notify the opposing party that any opposition must be filed not later than 24 hours (or one court day) after the service of the application. The moving party shall advise the Court in its application whether opposing counsel will be filing opposition and explain what efforts, if any, have been made to confer with opposing counsel regarding the substance of the application and any potential resolution prior to the filing of the application. The mandatory chambers copy of the ex parte application and any opposition must be delivered directly to the Chambers (courtesy box outside Chambers door) on the same day it is e-filed. All ex parte applications should include a proposed order. See Local Rules 7-19 and 7-19.1.
Continuances: A stipulation to continue the date of any matter before this Court must be supported by a sufficient basis that demonstrates good cause why the change in the date is essential. Counsel requesting a continuance must electronically file a stipulation and lodge a proposed order including a detailed explanation of the grounds for the requested continuance or extension of time. Counsel should avoid submitting requests for continuance or extension of time less than at least five (5) court days prior to the expiration of the scheduled date.
Conformed copies: Sufficient copies of any proposed orders or face pages of papers should be provided for conforming along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
Telephone contact: Counsel may determine the status of any submitted motion, stipulation, proposed order, or hearing date by accessing the docket sheet through PACER. Parties shall first check the Local Rules or the docket sheet before calling the court clerk with inquiries in that regard. Counsel may not contact the Judge’s law clerks unless responding to an inquiry they initiated.
Electronic equipment: The Local Rules prohibit the recording of federal proceedings, either by electronic recording means or by camera. Video cassette recorders, monitors, computers, overhead projectors, and silent copiers, and the like for presentation of evidence are permitted, only by approval. Counsel may contact the Help Desk at 213-894-3061 to arrange training on the Court's Audio Visual Equipment. Counsel shall contact the Courtroom Deputy Clerk by telephone to request leave to bring electronic equipment into the courtroom. Counsel will be advised by the Courtroom Deputy Clerk that such a request shall be made by a letter addressed to the U.S. Marshal's Office, carbon copied to Space and Facilities and prepared for the Courtroom Deputy Clerk's signature, along with the case name and case number, the purpose, and on what date or for what duration equipment is needed. Counsel may email the letter listing the equipment that he or she intends to utilize to the Courtroom Deputy Clerk for signature, in advance of the trial or hearing, for approval and authorization. Upon approval, counsel shall present the letter to Court Security on the day(s) of the hearing, for admission.
Transcripts: 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.
Discovery: All discovery motions are to be calendared before the Magistrate Judge assigned to the case.
Scheduling and Case Management Orders: A Scheduling and Case Management Order will be issued after the Scheduling Conference has been held. The Order will set case management deadlines, pre-trial conference dates, and trial dates.
Trials are generally conducted Tuesday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with two 15-minute breaks, and a 75-minute lunch break, unless otherwise ordered by the Court.
Counsel shall comply with Local Rule 16-6 with regard to exhibits. In addition, on the first day of trial, Counsel shall submit to the court clerk three copies of the Joint Exhibit List. The Joint Exhibit List shall be substantially in the format indicated by the following example.
Case Title: _____________________ Case No.: ______________________
Counsel are to prepare their exhibits for submission to the court clerk on the first day of trial by placing them in tabbed binders indexed by exhibit number with exhibit tags affixed. Counsel shall submit to the court clerk an original and one copy of the binder. The exhibits shall be in three-ring binders labeled on the spine portion of the binder as to the volume number and contain an index of each exhibit included in the volume. Plaintiffs shall use yellow tags; defendants shall use blue tags. Each tag shall be affixed consistently on the upper or lower right hand side of the front of the exhibit. Exhibit tags can be obtained from the Clerk's Office. All exhibits will be returned to Counsel at the end of trial and will not be kept by the Court. Counsel shall keep the lodged and admitted exhibits in their possession pursuant to Local Rules 79-3 and 79-4.
Counsel shall comply with Local Rule 16-5. In addition, on the first day of trial, Counsel shall submit to the court clerk three (3) copies of witness lists, with witnesses listed in the order in which they are expected to be called.
At the time of filing the proposed final pretrial conference order, Counsel are to submit to the Court a joint set of agreed-upon jury instructions, along with a separate set of proposed instructions as to which there are objections. The disputed instructions, if any, shall have a section for each party’s proffered instructions and all other parties’ briefly stated objections and citation of authorities in support of such objections.
The court clerk will prepare any verdict forms necessary in a criminal trial. In a civil matter, the parties shall prepare a proposed verdict form(s) and lodge it at the time designated in the Court's scheduling and case management order.
Interpreters: It is the responsibility of Counsel in a civil case to arrange for the services of an Interpreter. The Interpreter’s Office may be reached at 213-894-4599.
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR): This Court participates in the Court-Directed ADR Program. If counsel have received a Notice to Parties of Court-Directed ADR Program (ADR-08), the case will be presumptively referred to the Court Mediation Panel or to private mediation. See General Order 11-10, §5.1, Local Rule 16-15, and Local Rule 26-1(c). The Court will review and consider the parties’ ADR Procedure Selection form and their ADR preferences as set forth in their Joint Rule 26(f) Report. For information about the Court’s ADR Program, review General Order 11-10 on the “ADR” page of the Court website.
Settlement: Please notify the court clerk as soon as a settlement of your case has been reached.
Electronic Filings: Counsel shall e-file all criminal and civil filings pursuant to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 5(d)(3), Local Rule 5-4, and General Order 10-07, as follows:
Step 1: All non-signature items shall be E-FILED in pdf format. All proposed signature items shall be E-FILED as an attachment to the main document in pdf format.
Step 2: All proposed signature items shall be E-MAILED to the chambers email address at email@example.com in Word or Word Perfect format. ONLY proposed signature items should be emailed to the chambers’ email address. Please do NOT email other associated documents, and DO NOT use this email address for communication with the Court or the court clerk.
Step 3: A MANDATORY CHAMBERS COPY of all e-filed documents shall be delivered to the Clerk’s Office, Room G-19, Attention: Valencia Vallery, by no later than 12:00 noon the business day following any electronic filing or on the same day if priority processing is being requested. Only emergency matters or Ex Parte Applications must be delivered directly to the Chambers (box outside Chambers door). Each document must be prominently labeled, "CHAMBERS COPY" on the front page. All courtesy copies shall have the notice of E-filing attached at the end of the document.
Filings Under Seal: See Local Rule 79-5.
Other Information: Counsel are directed to comply with all Local Rules, except as modified herein. If Counsel have received a “Notice to Parties of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program” with an attached “ADR Program Questionnaire” (form ADR-09), please see General Order 07-01, which is located in the “General Orders” section on the home page of the Central District’s website, for further information. The “Attorney Information > ADR” section also contains Attorney Settlement Officer information.