United States District Court, Central District of California

FAQs about Judges' Procedures and Schedules

Last Updated: 08/17/2015

Name:Title:Court RoomLocation:
Hon. Patrick J. WalshMagistrate Judge23 - 3rd FloorLos Angeles - Spring Street

Courtroom Deputy Clerk:Telephone:
Isabel Martinez213-894-8958

The best way to contact the judge's courtroom deputy clerk is by calling (213) 894-8958; if the clerk does not answer the phone, be sure to leave a voice-mail message.

Hon. Patrick J. Walsh
Court Clerk: Isabel Martinez
Courtroom No.: 23
Telephone: (213) 894-8958

  1. Civil motions are heard on: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 1:00 p.m.
    Criminal motions are heard on: As scheduled.
    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 after checking if the assigned district judge has a blanket referral policy. Strict Compliance with Local Rule 37 is required.

  3. Are tentative rulings issued? As appropriate.

  4. Mandatory chambers copies:
    1. Mandatory chambers copies of criminal e-filed documents are to be delivered to courtesy copy box outside chambers, 3rd Floor, Spring Street Courthouse.
    2. Regular filings are to be delivered to courtesy copy box outside chambers, 3rd Floor, Spring Street Courthouse.

  5. Procedures for filing an ex parte application: Must comply with local rules, obtain opposing side’s position and phone number.

  6. To request a continuance of any scheduled court proceeding: Submit stipulation no less than 3 business days before hearing.

  7. Are counsel allowed to contact the judge's law clerk or secretary? Do not contact the secretary. Counsel may contact the law clerk, but they are not allowed to discuss the merits of the case.

  8. Inquiries regarding the status of a motion, stipulation or proposed order: Contact the CRD.

  9. Calendar conflicts: (Procedures for attorneys to follow if they have a calendar conflict) Contact opposing counsel then CRD.

  10. Procedures for bringing electronic equipment into the courtroom: Contact the CRD.

  11. 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: Submit letter, resume, and writing sample to chambers.

  13. Trial preparation:
    1. Court hours: Tuesday (or Monday) - Friday - 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
      Break - 10:30 - 10:45 a.m. & 3:15 - 3:30 p.m.
      Lunch - 12 - 1:30 p.m.
    2. Exhibit preparation: Original Exhibits + 4 copies (1 for judge, 1 for opposing counsel, 1 for themselves, 1 extra); 3 copies of exhibit list/witness list on the first day of trial
      Submit copies of all exhibits (both sides) except for exhibits used for impeachment/cross examination.
    3. Jury instructions (form, when they're to be submitted, whether counsel need to submit general or substantiative instructions or both) general 7 days before trial on computer disc to CRD.
    4. Verdict forms - Follow local rules.
    5. Other

  14. Procedures for obtaining the services of an interpreter on a civil case - Call Interpreter’s Office

  15. Other information: Parties are required to read and follow local rules. No sidebars are allowed.

  16. Under Seal Documents - Counsel/parties are directed to deliver to Civil Intake, one copy of the application, proposed order, and document requested to be filed under seal, no later than 12 noon on the next business day after the documents are electronically filed, pursuant to Local Rule 5-4.5.

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