Civil motions are heard on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. Please check the Closed Motion Dates link above before filing a motion. It is not necessary to clear a civil motion date with the Court before filing the motion. The parties must contact the courtroom deputy clerk to schedule all motions in criminal cases.
- If any party is in federal or state custody, the moving party must file the motion without requesting a hearing date. The Court will review the pleadings to determine whether a hearing is necessary.
The parties may file discovery motions with Judge Wilner only if the assigned district judge has so directed. Counsel are advised to review the procedures and standing orders of the assigned district judge before filing any discovery motion. Strict compliance with all local rules regarding motion practice is required.
UNDER SEAL DOCUMENTS (CIVIL AND CRIMINAL): Judge Wilner is participating in the Pilot Project for Electronic Submission and Filing of Under Seal Documents. A party seeking to file materials under seal must first file the application electronically via the Court's CM/ECF system. After electronically filing the application, the moving party will send an e-mail to the Chambers e-mail (MRW_chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov) containing the application, and a PDF version of the materials to be filed under seal. The subject line of the e-mail must bear the name and number, and include the phrase "UNDER SEAL REQUEST."
Mandatory chambers copies of all e-filed documents including under seal documents must be delivered to chambers (by hand or overnight courier) by noon on the following day. Chambers copies do not need to be blue backed. Electronic copies of proposed orders must be e-mailed to the Court at MRW_chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov. Proposed orders shall be in WordPerfect (preferred) or Microsoft Word format.
Requests to reschedule a hearing, conference, or other proceeding must be submitted in writing. The parties must contact the courtroom deputy clerk as soon as the need to reschedule a proceeding is discovered.
Any party who wishes to appear at a hearing by telephone must make such a request at least two court days before the hearing.
Federal law enforcement agents and the U.S. Attorney’s Office are encouraged to advise the courtroom deputy clerk in advance of the anticipated submission of warrants, criminal complaints, and other applications for the Court’s review.
The parties are not allowed to contact or communicate with the judge’s law clerks in any manner without express authorization from the Court. Letters to chambers are strictly forbidden and may lead to sanctions against the offending party.
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.