- Unless otherwise directed by the Court, civil motions are heard on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. It is not necessary to clear a motion date with the Court’s clerk prior to filing the motion, although the Court reserves the right to sua sponte continue motions or decide them on the papers without oral argument. The Court does not permit telephonic appearances for hearings absent exceptional circumstances.
Unless otherwise directed by the Court, settlement conferences will be held on Fridays at 1:30 p.m. in Santa Ana. Counsel must contact the Court’s clerk to schedule a settlement conference after the filing of the ADR-01 form: Settlement Procedure Selection - Notice, Request and Order or Order from the District Judge assigned. The Court does not permit telephonic appearances for settlement conferences absent exceptional circumstances.
Discovery motions are to be calendared before the magistrate judge unless otherwise ordered by the district judge. Strict compliance with Local Rule 37 is required. Mandatory chambers copies are required by the Court on all e-filed discovery motions. It is not necessary to clear a motion date with the Court’s clerk prior to filing the motion. It is the Court’s general practice to decline requests by counsel for telephonic conferences to resolve discovery disputes that arise during depositions.
Mandatory Chambers Copies of all e-filed documents shall be delivered to the chambers copy box on the 9th floor. It is imperative that mandatory chambers copies be delivered by noon the day following the date of filing as required by General Order 10-07.IV.D. Failure to deliver timely mandatory chambers copies may result in a delay in hearing a motion or ordering the matter off calendar.
If there is a tentative ruling, it will be provided to counsel at the time counsel check in with the Court’s clerk.
Procedures for filing an ex parte application: Strict compliance with Local Rule 7-19 and 7-19.1 are required. An ex parte application is usually considered on the papers only. If the application is opposed, opposition papers should be filed no later than noon on the first court day following service of the application. In most cases, the Court will wait until that time before ruling. If needed, the Court will schedule a hearing. Discovery disputes should generally not be brought to the Court’s attention in an ex parte application.
When no reporter cite is available for a case, parties should cite to Westlaw instead of Lexis.
Continuances of any scheduled court proceeding will be granted only on a showing of good cause. To request a continuance, the parties should submit a signed stipulation and proposed order. If opposing counsel will not agree to a continuance, the request should be made by ex parte application.
Counsel are not allowed to call chambers or the Court’s law clerks unless specifically directed to do so by the Court or the Court’s clerk.
Calls will not be returned regarding the status of a motion, stipulation, or proposed order. Counsel should check the docket sheet to ascertain the status.
In the event of calendar conflicts, counsel should immediately advise the Court’s clerk telephonically and attempt to secure other counsel’s agreement to stipulate to a new date.
Counsel should contact the Court’s clerk prior to bringing electronic equipment into the courtroom. The clerk will inform counsel of the appropriate procedures. The use of ELMO (Electronic Visual Evidence Presenter) is available to all counsel. Please notify the Court’s clerk, Lisa Bernson, at 714-338-4776 at least five (5) working days prior to the hearing if you wish to use this system.
- To order an audiotape 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.
It is the responsibility of the parties to obtain the services of an interpreter on a civil case if one is needed.
- Other information:
The Court does not permit special appearances. Counsel of record shall appear at all court proceedings.
Procedure for Presenting Documents Electronically for Sealing (Pilot Project effective July 8, 2013):
The filing party is required to (1) electronically file the Application to File Under Seal, proposed order, and notice of Manual Filing, (2) email a PDF version of the proposed under seal documents and a Word or WordPerfect version of the proposed order to the Judge's chambers e-mail address (i.e., JPR_Chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov); and (3) deliver the following to the Clerk's Office window no later than noon the next court day: one copy each of the Notice of Manual Filing, the Application, the proposed order, and the proposed under seal documents. DO NOT deliver copies to the Judge's drop box on the 6th floor. If the Court grants the application to file under seal, the CRD will e-mail conformed copies of the sealed documents to the filing party. The filing party is required to serve copies of the sealed documents on all other parties as applicable and to e-file a proof of service within 24 hours. The parties are reminded that the Application itself is not under seal. If a party wishes to file declarations, memoranda, and/or exhibits in support of the Application under seal then the procedures set out above would have to be followed.