United States District Court, Central District of California
FAQs about Judges' Procedures and Schedules
Last Updated: 12/04/2015
Hon. Michael R. Wilner
Los Angeles - Roybal
Courtroom Deputy Clerk:
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Michael R. Wilner
Judge Wilner hears civil motions 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. If the district judge authorizes a party to request a conference with the Court before moving for an order relating to discovery (Fed. R. Civ. P. 16(b)(3)(v)), that party may send an e-mail request to MRW_chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov. The request must: (a) include a one- or two-line summary of the discovery dispute; (b) indicate that the parties have been unable to resolve the dispute informally; and (c) copy all parties on the e-mail.
If the parties in a civil action wish to have a protective order entered regarding discovery, the Court encourages the parties to amend and use the preferred form order (available below).
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.
In advance of any bail review hearing, defense counsel is directed to have a face-to-face meeting or telephonic discussion with the assigned AUSA regarding the defense request. Defense counsel are further directed to provide any relevant information (including accurate contact information for potential sureties) to the Pretrial Services Agency at least one full business day before the hearing.
Mandatory chambers copies of e-filed documents must be delivered to Judge Wilner's drop box (outside Room 181-L - Roybal Clerk's office) by noon on the day after filing. 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 will be in Microsoft Word (strongly preferred) or WordPerfect format.
Any party who wishes to appear at a hearing by telephone must make such a request at least two court days before the hearing. A party requesting a video appearance via Skype (generally reserved for out-of-district parties or those with mobility limitations) must contact the clerk one week in advance of the hearing and provide a valid Skype ID.
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.
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 (
) 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.
File for Download:
MRW Form Stipulated Protective Order [Sept. 2015]