United States District Court, Central District of California

FAQs about Judges' Procedures and Schedules

Last Updated: 05/27/2014

Name:Title:Court RoomLocation:
Hon. Virginia A. PhillipsJudge2Riverside

Courtroom Deputy Clerk:Telephone:
Marva Dillard951-328-4461


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JUDGE Virginia A. Phillips
Court Clerk: Marva Dillard
Court Reporter: Phyllis Preston
Courtroom No.: 2
Telephone: 951-328-4461
Telephone: 951-205-7959

  1. Civil motions are heard on: Mondays. Time: 2:00 PM

    Criminal motions are heard on: Mondays. Time: 9:00 AM

    (If Monday is a holiday, next motion date is the following Monday

    It is not necessary to clear a motion date with the court clerk prior to filing the motion.

  2. Discovery motions are to be calendared before the Magistrate Judge.

  3. Are tentative rulings issued?
    Yes. Tentative rulings are distributed in Court before the hearing.


  4. Mandatory chambers copies:
    Counsel shall provide conformed mandatory chambers copies of all motions, responses, and replies in motion matters to Judge Phillips’ courtesy box, located outside of Courtroom 2 , 3470 Twelfth Street, Riverside , CA 92501.


    Mandatory chambers copies of e-filed documents shall be delivered to the courtesy tray outside of the Courtroom.

  5. Procedures for filing an ex parte application:
    Ex parte applications are considered on the papers and are not usually set for hearing. Counsel's attention is directed to Local Rule 7-19. The moving party shall serve the opposing party by FAX or hand service and shall notify the opposing party that any opposition must be filed not later than 24 hours after such FAX or hand service. If counsel do not intend to oppose the ex parte application, counsel must inform the court clerk by telephone.


  6. To request a continuance of any scheduled court proceeding:
    Continuations and special requests must be approved by the Court. Good cause must be shown. Counsel must make such requests in pleading form by submitting a stipulation and a proposed order to the filing window, clerk's office, at least one week in advance. Refer to Local Rules 7-1 and 7-11 for proper format.


  7. Are counsel allowed to contact the judge's law clerk or secretary?
    Counsel shall not attempt to contact the Court or its staff by telephone or by any other ex parte means.


  8. Inquiries regarding the status of a motion, stipulation or proposed order are not available by telephone. Follow Local Rule 11.4.5.

  9. Calendar conflicts:
    (Procedures for attorneys to follow if they have a calendar conflict). If there is a calendar conflict, counsel are to inform the court clerk prior to the date of the conflict.


  10. Procedures for bringing electronic equipment into the courtroom:
    Counsel are to request, through the court clerk, bringing in or using audio, video or electronic equipment into the courtroom.


  11. To order an audio tape or transcript:
    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.

  12. Questions regarding law clerk/extern positions should be directed to chambers.

  13. Trial preparation:
    See also the Court's "Civil Trial Order" for details. A copy of this order was provided to counsel at the time of the mandatory status conference.

    Trial Court hours - Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the first day of trial, and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the remaining days, with a 15 minute break in the morning and afternoon, and a lunch break from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

  14. Procedures for obtaining the services of an interpreter on a civil case:
    Counsel in civil cases are to obtain the services of an interpreter, if one is needed.


  15. PILOT PROGRAM FOR EMAILING UNDER SEAL DOCUMENTS

    Request to Seal Documents (does NOT include the Sealing of an Application and Proposed Order)

    Electronically file the application to seal and/or declaration giving notice or proof of service. During the electronic filing process, attach the proposed order to the application. See Local Rule 5-4.4.1.

    Send an email to the chambers email at VAP_chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov.

    Subject line of the email shall be in the following format:
    1) The word PILOT
    2) Court’s divisional office (ED for Riverside, LA for Los Angeles, SA for Santa Ana)
    3) Year case was filed (11,12,13,14)
    4) Case type (CR for criminal, CV for Civil)
    5) 5 digit case number
    6) Judge’s initials, VAP, in capital letters

    (e.g., Civil for Riverside: PILOT-ED14CV00123-VAP)
    (e.g., Criminal for Riverside: PILOT-ED14CR00123-VAP)

    The email shall contain PDF versions of the following:
    - Application to Seal
    - Supporting Declarations and Exhibits, if applicable
    - Proof of Service
    - All documents requested to be filed under seal

    The email shall contain a WORD or WORDPERFECT version of the proposed order.

    Mandatory Chambers Copy: Deliver a blue-backed mandatory paper chambers copy of the documents listed above, together in one envelope, to Judge Phillips’ courtesy box, located outside of Courtroom 2, 3470 Twelfth Street, Riverside CA 92501 or to the clerk’s office located on the first floor.

    Upon judicial determination, a PDF version of the Order will be emailed to the requestor. It is the responsibility of the submitting party to serve all parties, as appropriate.

    Request to Seal the Application, Order AND Documents

    Electronically file a NOTICE OF MANUAL FILING (Form G-92) indicating that an application to seal, declaration giving notice or a proof of service, proposed order sealing and under seal documents have been submitted to the Court.

    Send an email to the chambers email at VAP_chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov.

    Subject line of the email shall be in the following format:
    1) The word PILOT
    2) Court’s divisional office (ED for Riverside, LA for Los Angeles, SA for Santa Ana)
    3) Year case was filed (11,12,13,14)
    4) Case type (CR for criminal, CV for Civil)
    5) 5 digit case number
    6) Judge’s initials, VAP, in capital letters

    (e.g., Civil for Riverside: PILOT-ED14CV00123-VAP)
    (e.g., Criminal for Riverside: PILOT-ED14CR00123-VAP)

    The email shall contain PDF versions of the following:
    - Application to Seal
    - Supporting Declarations and Exhibits, if applicable
    - Proof of Service
    - All documents requested to be filed under seal

    The email shall contain a WORD or WORDPERFECT version of the proposed order.

    Mandatory Chambers Copy: Deliver a blue-backed mandatory paper chambers copy of the documents listed above, together in one envelope, to Judge Phillips’ courtesy box, located outside of Courtroom 2, 3470 Twelfth Street, Riverside CA 92501 or to the clerk’s office located on the first floor.

    Upon judicial determination, a PDF version of the Order will be emailed to the requestor.
    It is the responsibility of the submitting party to serve all parties, as appropriate.



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