United States District Court, Central District of California

FAQs about Judges' Procedures and Schedules

Last Updated: 07/25/2013

Name:Title:Court RoomLocation:
Hon. Margaret M. MorrowJudge780Los Angeles - Roybal

Courtroom Deputy Clerk:Telephone:
Anel Huerta213-894-7857


The best way to contact the judge's courtroom deputy clerk is by calling (213) 894-7857; if the clerk does not answer the phone, be sure to leave a voice-mail message. Phone messages without case name, number and a brief message will not be returned. Due to the high volume of calls, not all phone calls can be returned. Requests that can be answered by reviewing the Local Rules or the Court's website will not be returned. Do not leave multiple messages regarding the same issue.

Counsel shall not contact the clerk with procedural questions regarding electronic filing. Counsel shall refer to Local Rule 5-4 and/or contact the electronic filing help desk at (213) 894-0242.

Hon. Margaret M. Morrow
Court Clerk: Anel Huerta
Court Reporter: C. Nirenberg
Courtroom No.: 780, Los Angeles - Roybal
Telephone: 213-894-7857
Telephone: 213-894-2449

  1. Civil motions are heard on: Mondays, Time: 10:00 a.m.

    It is not necessary to clear a motion date with the court clerk prior to filing a motion. Closed motion dates can be obtained on the Motion Calendar.

    All documents which are required to be filed in an electronic format pursuant to Local Rule 5-4 shall be filed electronically no later than 5:00 p.m. on the date due unless otherwise ordered by the Court. Any documents filed electronically after 5:00 p.m. on the date due will be considered late and may be stricken by the Court.

    CIVIL UNDER SEAL DOCUMENTS:
    Effective July 8, 2013, all proposed sealed documents must be submitted via e-mail to the Chambers email at MMM_chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov. For instructions, please see the order below.

    CIVIL MOTIONS IN LIMINE:
    All motions in limine will be heard at the time of the Final Pretrial Conference and must be filed according to the Local Rules and Local Rule 5-4.

  2. CRIMINAL MOTIONS: Mondays, Time: 1:15 p.m.

    CRIMINAL UNDER SEAL DOCUMENTS:
    Effective July 8, 2013, all proposed sealed documents must be submitted via e-mail to the Chambers email at MMM_chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov. For instructions, please see the order below.

    CRIMINAL E-FILING:
    All documents which are required to be filed in an electronic format pursuant to Local Rule 5-4 shall be filed electronically no later than 5:00 p.m. on the date due unless otherwise ordered by the Court. Any documents filed electronically after 5:00 p.m. on the date due will be considered late and may be stricken by the Court. Any documents which counsel attempt to file electronically which are improperly filed will not be accepted by the Court.


  3. Mandatory Chambers Copies

    SEE Local Rule 5-4: VI. Electronic Filing C. Courtesy Paper Copies. Only ONE copy of each document is required. Mandatory chambers copies of ALL e-filed documents are to be delivered to Judge Morrow'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).


  4. Discovery motions:
    Are to be calendared before the magistrate judge.

  5. Are tentative rulings issued?
    In most cases, tentative rulings are available from the court clerk in the courtroom from 8:45 am - 9:45 am on the day the motion is scheduled to be heard. Tentative orders are NOT faxed to counsel nor are they available for pickup prior to the date motion is set for (see above).

  6. PROCEDURES FOR FILING AN EX PARTE APPLICATION:

    Refer to L.R. 7-19 and Local Rule 5-4. A hearing is not required unless notified by the court. As a general policy, all oppositions are due within 24-hours from service of the ex parte. Also, opposing counsel shall contact the clerk within 24-hours as to their position. Counsel shall be notified by order of the Court’s ruling. DO NOT CONTACT THE CLERK INQUIRING THE STATUS OF THE EX PARTE APPLICATION.

  7. STIPULATIONS AND PROPOSED ORDERS

    SEE Local Rule 5-4: VIII. Orders. A. Proposed Orders, Judgments or Other Proposed Documents Which Require a Judge’s Signature.

  8. To Request a Continuance of Any Scheduled Court Proceeding:
    A proposed stipulation and order must be submitted at least one week in advance.

  9. Are Counsel Allowed to Contact the Judge's Law Clerk or Secretary?
    NO.

  10. Inquiries Regarding the Status of a Motion, Stipulation or Proposed Order:
    Information regarding the status of motions, ex parte applications, stipulations or proposed orders are not available. Counsel shall follow L.R. 11-4.5. DO NOT CONTACT THE CLERK. It’s the court’s policy not to return such calls.

  11. Calendar Conflicts: (Procedures for attorneys to follow if they have a calendar conflict)
    Counsel shall contact the court clerk at least 3 calendar days prior to a hearing date if counsel has an appearance with another district judge. Counsel shall indicate the time of the appearance and the name of the judge.

  12. Procedures for Bringing Electronic Equipment into the Courtroom:
    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, with a copy to the Court Coordinator and prepared for the Courtroom Deputy Clerk’s signature, along with the case name and case number. Counsel may fax the letter to the Courtroom Deputy Clerk for signature at (213) 894-1815. Upon arrival to the courthouse, counsel shall present the letter to Court Security for approval.

  13. 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.

  14. Trial preparation:


    1. Court hours:
      8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    2. Exhibit preparation:
      L.R. 16-5.1.
    3. Jury instructions (form, when they're to be submitted, whether counsel need to submit general or substantiative instructions or both)
      The Court will instruct counsel at the time of the Pretrial Conference.
    4. Verdict forms:
      Criminal: Court clerk
      Special verdict form: Government
      Civil: Counsel
      Special verdict form: Counsel
    5. Other:
      Three copies of witness list and exhibit list shall be provided to the court clerk the morning of trial.

  15. Procedures for obtaining the services of an interpreter on a civil case
    It is the responsibility of counsel in a civil case to arrange for the services of an Interpreter. Interpreter’s Office: (213) 894-4599

  16. Other information:
    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.

    COURT'S WEBSITE: www.cacd.uscourts.gov

    JUDGE'S GENERIC E-MAIL ADDRESS FOR ELECTRONIC FILING ONLY: MMM_Chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov


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