United States District Court, Central District of California

FAQs about Judges' Procedures and Schedules

Last Updated: 02/21/2014

Name:Title:Court RoomLocation:
Hon. Dean D. PregersonJudge3 - 2nd FloorLos Angeles - Spring Street

Courtroom Deputy Clerk:Telephone:
John Chambers213-894-3913


The best way to contact the judge's courtroom deputy clerk is via email: John_Chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov.

JUDGE DEAN D. PREGERSON
Court Clerk: John A. Chambers
Court Reporter: Maria Bustillos
Courtroom No.: 3 - 2nd Floor
Telephone: 213-894-3913
Telephone: 213-894-2739


NEW: COURTESY COPY OPTIONS, SEE SECTION V. MANDATORY CHAMBERS COPIES


TABLE OF CONTENTS:

I. COURT HOURS
A. Trials
B. Civil Motions
C. Criminal Motions
D. Civil Pre-Trial Conferences
E. Criminal Pre-Trial Conferences
F. Scheduling Conferences
II. CONTACT WITH CHAMBERS
III. CALENDAR CONFLICTS
IV. CONTINUANCES
V. MANDATORY CHAMBERS COPIES
VI. FILINGS
VII. TELEPHONIC HEARINGS
VIII. DISCOVERY MOTIONS:
IX. TRIAL EXHIBITS
A. Exhibit Tags
X. JURY INSTRUCTIONS
A. Civil Jury Trials
B. Criminal Jury Trials
XI. EX PARTE APPLICATIONS AND TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDERS
XII. TRANSCRIPT ORDERS
XIII. INTERPRETERS
XIV. OTHER INFORMATION
XV. LAW CLERK and EXTERN APPLICANTS
XVI. PURCHASING COPIES OF LOCAL RULES
I. COURT HOURS:

  1. Trials -- Generally 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a lunch break and short breaks in the morning and afternoon.

  2. Civil Motions -- Mondays at 10:00 a.m. only.

  3. Criminal Motions -- Mondays at 3:00 p.m. only.

  4. Civil Pre-Trial Conferences -- Mondays at 11:00 a.m.

  5. Criminal Pre-Trial Conferences -- Mondays at 9:00 a.m.

  6. Scheduling Conferences -- Mondays at 3:30 p.m.

II. CONTACT WITH CHAMBERS:

Counsel are not to communicate with chambers unless first contacted by a law clerk or Judge Pregerson’s assistant.

III. CALENDAR CONFLICTS:

If counsel has an appearance with another district judge, please leave a voice mail message with the Court Clerk at 213-894-3913 indicating the time of the appearance and the name of the other judge. On the day of the appearance, if possible, request the other judge’s Court Clerk to update Judge Pregerson’s Court Clerk as to when counsel will be appearing in Judge Pregerson’s courtroom.

If counsel cannot make a court appearance, good cause must be shown. The Court must approve all continuances and special requests. Counsel must make such requests in pleading form by submitting a stipulation and proposed order in accordance.

If a stipulation cannot be reached, counsel must submit an ex parte application and proposed order. Please notify the Court Clerk at 213-894-3913 if there is any opposition to the ex parte application. The written opposition to the ex parte application must be submitted within 24 hours for consideration by the Court.

IV. CONTINUANCES:

Continuances and special requests must be approved by the Court. Good cause must be shown.

If a stipulation cannot be reached, counsel must submit an ex parte application and proposed order. Please notify the Court Clerk at 213-894-3913 if there is any opposition to the ex parte application. The written opposition to the ex parte application must be submitted within 24 hours for consideration by the Court.

Time does not permit the Court Clerk to respond to questions regarding whether the Court has approved requests, or to confirm a message left for counsel.

V. MANDATORY CHAMBERS COPIES:

Concerning Mandatory Courtesy Copies, the Court requires delivery to Room 244-J (blue back optional) only the following filed documents, no later than the next business day after filing:
  1. All noticed motions and related documents* (2 copies); and
    [Exhibits and attachments must be separately tabbed].
  2. All ex parte applications and related documents* (2 copies);
    [Exhibits and attachments must be separately tabbed].
NEW: The court encourages parties to prepare hyperlinked versions of documents and submit them as courtesy copies on CD or flash drive. As an alternative to submitting Mandatory Courtesy Copies in paper format, parties may submit two CDs or flash drives containing the hyperlinked documents. Hyperlinks shall be limited to case or statutory citations, exhibits, and other portions of the record. Hyperlinks can greatly facilitate the analysis of a motion and can assist counsel in effectively presenting arguments. Hyperlinks also encourage accuracy by allowing quick confirmation of references and citations.

At present, ECF will not accept electronically filed documents containing hyperlinks. The court is hopeful that hyperlinking will be permitted in electronically filed documents in the near future.

Court staff cannot assist counsel or parties in preparing hyperlinked documents, and should not be contacted for any such purpose.

*[WHEN IN DOUBT deliver a courtesy copy.]
**Attention ECF Attorneys - Chambers Email Addresses are available under your Utilities menu.

VI. FILINGS:

Follow the local rules and federal rules of procedure.

It is not necessary to clear a motion date with the Court Clerk prior to filing the motion. The Court hears motions only on Mondays (civil at 10:00 a.m. and criminal at 3:00 p.m.).

Motions in limine are to be noticed for hearing no later than the Monday eight days prior to the trial date. If the hearing date falls on a legal holiday, notice the motion-in-limine hearing fifteen days prior to the trial date.

Discovery motions are to be scheduled before the magistrate judge assigned to the case (the magistrate judge’s initials, followed by a small “x”, are in the parenthetical in the case number). All discovery motion papers must include “DISCOVERY MATTER” in the caption.

VII. TELEPHONIC HEARINGS:

At least one week prior to the scheduled hearing, counsel located outside the Central District may arrange to appear telephonically. Contact the Court Clerk at 213-894-3913 for the Court’s permission. The requesting attorney is responsible for informing all parties of the telephonic appearance, which parties are to appear in person or telephonically, as well as any change in the hearing time. The requesting attorney is responsible for coordinating and initiating the telephone call. No cellular or speaker telephones may be used. All participants are to be on the telephone line before connecting the Court.

VIII. DISCOVERY MOTIONS:

All discovery motions must be heard prior to the discovery cut-off date.

Discovery motions are to be scheduled before the magistrate judge assigned to the case (the magistrate judge’s initials, followed by a small “x”, are in the parenthetical in the case number). All discovery motion papers must include “DISCOVERY MATTER” in the caption.

IX. TRIAL EXHIBITS:

Three non-blue backed copies each of exhibit lists and witness lists (in the order they are to be called) are to be delivered to the Court Clerk on the morning of the first day of trial.

Two exhibit notebooks (an original and the Judge's copy) are required to be delivered to the Court Clerk on the morning of the first day of trial. No additional notebook is needed for witnesses. Counsel are to prepare their exhibits by placing them in 3-hole notebooks. The notebooks are to be tabbed down the right side with numeric tabs separating each exhibit. The exhibits are to be numbered in accordance with Local Rule 26.4. Each exhibit must have an exhibit tag stapled to the upper right-hand corner of its first page. The spine on the exhibit notebook must reflect the exhibit numbers contained within. For example: Trial Exhibit Notebook 1, Exh. Nos. 1-25.

  1. Exhibit Tags:

    The Court requires the large exhibit tags, which may be obtained from the Clerk’s Office, Room G-19, 312 North Spring Street, Los Angeles.

    Each exhibit should have an exhibit tag stapled to the upper right-hand corner of its first page. The plaintiff's exhibits shall be tagged with yellow tags; and the defendant's exhibits shall be tagged with blue tags. The tags shall indicate the case number, case name, and exhibit number.

X. JURY INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Civil Jury Trials –

    Local Rule 16.2 requires that counsel meet at least forty (40) days in advance of the date set for the final Pre-Trial Conference for the purpose of accomplishing various tasks in preparation for trial. In accordance with the Local Rules, the parties shall meet with the goal of reaching agreement to one set of joint jury instructions and one verdict form. The set of joint jury instructions must be filed at least five (5) court days before the final Pre-Trial Conference. The parties may submit another set of jury instructions containing the instructions upon which the parties disagree and the objections to those instructions.

    Where the parties disagree on an instruction, the party opposing the instruction must attach a short (i.e., one to two paragraphs) statement supporting the objection and the party submitting the instruction must attach a short statement supporting the instruction. Each statement should be on a separate page and should follow directly after the disputed instruction.

    Accordingly, the parties ultimately will submit one document or, if the parties disagree over any proposed jury instructions, two documents. If the parties submit two documents, those documents should consist of: (1) a set of agreed upon jury instructions and (2) a set of disputed jury instructions along with reasons supporting and opposing each disputed instruction.

    The Court orders the parties to make every attempt to agree upon the jury instructions before submitting them to the Court. In addition, where the Manual of Model Civil Jury Instructions for the Ninth Circuit (2007 edition) provides a version of a requested instruction, the parties shall submit the Model instruction. Where California law applies, the Court prefers counsel to use California Jury Instructions -- Civil ("BAJI"). If neither of the above sources is applicable, counsel are directed to use the instructions from O'Malley-Grenig-Lee, et al., Federal Jury Practice and Instructions(Fifth Edition). Each requested jury instruction shall cover only one subject or principle of law and shall be numbered and set forth in full on a separate page, citing the authority or source of the requested instruction (except for the jury copy discussed below).

    The Court will send a copy of the jury instructions into the jury room for use by the jury during deliberations. Accordingly, in addition to the file copies described above, the parties shall file with the Courtroom Deputy Clerk on the first day of the trial a "clean set" of joint and/or proposed jury instructions which contain only the text of each instruction set forth in full on each page, with the caption "Court’s Instruction Number " (eliminating titles, supporting authority, indication of party proposing, etc.). This will be referred to as the "Jury Copy" of the jury instructions.

    If counsel prepared the jury instructions using WordPerfect, counsel shall provide the Court with a compact disk (CD) containing the proposed jury instructions along with the hard copy.

    An index page shall accompany all jury instructions submitted to the Court. The index page shall indicate the following:

    a. The number of the instruction;
    b. A brief title of the instruction;
    c. The source of the instruction and any relevant case citations; and
    d. The page number of the instruction.

    EXAMPLE:
Number
Title
Source
Page
1
Burden of Proof
9th Cir. 12.02
7
    Counsel shall also prepare a joint statement of the case which will be read by the Court to the prospective panel of jurors prior to the commencement of voir dire. The statement should not be longer than two or three paragraphs. The statement shall be filed with the Court five (5) court days before the Pre-Trial Conference.

B. Criminal Jury Trials –

    At least five (5) court days prior to the final Pre-Trial Conference, the parties shall meet with the goal of reaching agreement to one set of joint jury instructions.

    Where the parties disagree on an instruction, the party opposing the instruction must attach a short (i.e., one to two paragraphs) statement supporting the objection and the party submitting the instruction must attach a short statement supporting the instruction. Each statement should be on a separate page and should follow directly after the disputed instruction.

    Accordingly, the parties ultimately will submit one document or, if the parties disagree over any proposed jury instructions, two documents. If the parties submit two documents, those documents should consist of: (1) a set of agreed upon jury instructions and (2) a set of disputed jury instructions along with reasons supporting and opposing each disputed instruction.

    The Court orders the parties to make every attempt to agree upon the jury instructions before submitting them to the Court. In addition, where the Manual of Model Criminal Jury Instructions for the Ninth Circuit provides a version of a requested instruction, the parties shall submit the Model instruction. The only exception to the above is that the Court prefers the instruction from Edward J. Devitt, et al., Federal Jury Practice and Instructions on the burden of proof. If a Model instruction does not exist for a particular subject, counsel may submit an instruction from Devitt (supra). Each requested jury instruction shall cover only one subject or principle of law and shall be numbered and set forth in full on a separate page, citing the authority or source of the requested instruction (except for the jury copy discussed below).

    The Court will send a copy of the jury instructions into the jury room for use by the jury during deliberations. Accordingly, in addition to the file copies described above, the parties shall file with the Courtroom Deputy Clerk on the first day of the trial a "clean set" of joint and/or proposed jury instructions which contain only the text of each instruction set forth in full on each page, with the caption "Court’s Instruction Number " (eliminating titles, supporting authority, indication of party proposing, etc.). This will be referred to as the "Jury Copy" of the jury instructions.

    If counsel prepared the jury instructions using WordPerfect, counsel shall provide the Court with a three and one-half inch floppy disk containing the proposed jury instructions along with the hard copy.

    An index page shall accompany all jury instructions submitted to the Court. The index page shall indicate the following:

    a. The number of the instruction;
    b. A brief title of the instruction;
    c. The source of the instruction and any relevant case citations; and
    d. The page number of the instruction.

    EXAMPLE:
Number
Title
Source
Page
1
Burden of Proof
9th Cir. 12.02
7
    Counsel shall also prepare a joint statement of the case which will be read by the Court to the prospective panel of jurors prior to the commencement of voir dire. The statement should not be longer than two or three paragraphs. The statement shall be filed with the Court five (5) court days before the Pre-Trial Conference.

XI. EX PARTE APPLICATIONS AND TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDERS:

Do not attempt to schedule a hearing date and time for ex parte applications and temporary restraining orders. Follow the local rules and federal rules of procedure. Judge Pregerson will review your papers. If a hearing is necessary, counsel will be notified as soon as possible.

XII. TRANSCRIPT ORDERS:

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.

XIII. INTERPRETERS:

Procedures for obtaining the services of an interpreter on a civil case are the responsibility of counsel. Interpreters must be certified. For information, dial 213-894-4599.

XIV. OTHER INFORMATION:

General information: 213-894-3535 or 213-894-1565 (recording).

XV. LAW CLERK and EXTERN APPLICANTS:

Applicants may submit applications to Judge Dean D. Pregerson, Room #244-J, 312 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, California 90012. Applications are to include a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample. Letters of recommendation are to be directed to this address. "All law clerk positions for the 2013-14 term have been filled".

XVI. PURCHASING COPIES OF LOCAL RULES:

Los Angeles Daily Journal, 915 East First Street, Los Angeles, California 90012;

Metropolitan News, 210 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, California 90012;

West Publishing Company, 50 West Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul, Minnesota 55164-9979.