United States District Court, Central District of California

FAQs about Judges' Procedures and Schedules

Last Updated: 07/28/2014

Name:Title:Court RoomLocation:
Hon. Arthur NakazatoMagistrate Judge6BSanta Ana

Courtroom Deputy Clerk:Telephone:
Ivette Gomez714-338-4756


The best way to contact the judge's courtroom deputy clerk is by calling 714-338-4756; if the clerk does not answer the phone, be sure to leave a voice-mail message.

JUDGE ARTHUR NAKAZATO
Court Clerk: Ivette Gomez
Courtroom No.: 6B
Telephone: 714-338-4756

  1. Unless otherwise directed by the Court, Civil motions are normally heard on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. in Santa Ana.

    Unless otherwise directed by the Court, Settlement Conferences are held on
    Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. or Fridays at 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in Santa Ana. Counsel must contact the courtroom deputy clerk in order to secure an available date.


  2. Discovery motions are to be scheduled directly before the Magistrate Judge on cases where the District Judge has a blanket referral policy or unless the District Judge's clerk has directed counsel to do so. Parties are directed to review and follow the form and substance of the sample Local Rule 37-1. Letter, Joint Stipulation, and Notice of Motion are available for download below.


  3. Mandatory Chambers Copies of all e-filed documents shall be delivered to the mandatory chambers copy box on the 6th Floor. It is imperative that the mandatory chambers copies be delivered by noon 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.


  4. Ex Parte Procedure - See L.R. 7-19 - The Ex Parte Application must be for a true emergency. The papers should be filed without a hearing date but must comply with the notice requirements set forth in L.R. 7-19.1. After a review of the papers, the court clerk will contact the moving counsel to give appropriate notice to all parties and a briefing schedule if the Magistrate Judge determines that a hearing should be held.

  5. Counsel may NOT contact the judge's law clerk or secretary.


  6. Counsel may contact the court clerk if the status of a motion, stipulation or proposed order is not yet docketed.


  7. Calendar conflicts: Counsel should file a stipulation to reschedule.


  8. Procedures for bringing electronic equipment into the courtroom: Parties should comply with the Local Rules and follow the courthouse rules.


  9. 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.


  10. Trial preparation: See Local Rules


    1. Court hours - currently 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. or 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. if the jury is amenable, or if counsel are amenable in a bench trial.


    2. Exhibit preparation - See Local Rules / contact court clerk - counsel
      should prepare 3 sets/binders:


      1. one which contains the original tagged exhibits for the clerk,
      2. one with copies for the Magistrate Judge,


      3. one with copies for the witness stand.

  11. It is the responsibility of the requesting party to secure its own interpreter for a particular matter on a civil case. The requesting party may arrange for an outside interpreter or may make an arrangement with Lenne Rosen-Kabe, Court Interpreter Services Manager at 213-894-4559 to secure an interpreter. The requesting party will bear the cost.

  12. 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., AN_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.


File for Download:
File Type: Adobe Acrobat

NoticeOfMotion.pdfJointStip.pdfLR 37-1Ltr.pdf

Order Setting Rule 26(f) Scheduling Conf.pdf
Order Setting Rule 26(f) Scheduling Conf.pdf

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