United States District Court, Central District of California

FAQs about Judges' Procedures and Schedules

Last Updated: 07/25/2013

Name:Title:Court RoomLocation:
Hon. Suzanne H. SegalMagistrate Judge23 - 3rd FloorLos Angeles - Spring Street

Courtroom Deputy Clerk:Telephone:
Marlene Ramirez213-894-0958


The best way to contact the judge's courtroom deputy clerk is by calling 213-894-0958; if the clerk does not answer the phone, be sure to leave a voice-mail message.

JUDGE Suzanne H. Segal
Court Clerk: Marlene Ramirez
Courtroom No.:23 - 3rd Floor
Telephone: 213-894-0958

  1. Civil motions are heard on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.
    It is not necessary to clear a motion date with the court clerk prior to filing the motion.
    If Tuesday is a holiday, next motion date is the following Tuesday.

  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 Rules 37-1 and 37-2 is required.

  3. No tentative rulings are issued.

  4. Mandatory chambers copies are to be delivered to chambers.

    Mandatory chambers copies of e-filed documents are to be delivered to courtesy copy box outside chambers, 3rd Floor, Spring Street.

  5. Procedures for filing an ex parte application:
    Strict compliance with Local Rule 7-19 is required. A FILED stamped mandatory chambers copy should be delivered directly to the Judge’s chambers. Any opposition should be served and filed within 24 hours of applicant’s oral notice. Court will notify parties if a telephonic hearing is desired.

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

  7. Counsel are not allowed to contact the judge’s secretary or law clerk.

  8. Inquiries regarding the status of a motion, stipulation or proposed order:
    Counsel should check the docket sheet before inquiring of the court clerk. The Court discourages the practice of calling the court clerk.

  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 samples to chambers.

  13. Stipulated Protective Orders: Parties frequently file stipulated protective orders that do not satisfy Rule 26 and the Ninth Circuit's standards for protective orders. All proposed protective orders must describe the documents to be protected with particularity. See Rivera v. Nibco, Inc., 364 F.3d 1057, 1063 n. 3 (9th Cir. 2004). Therefore, the documents, information, items or materials that are subject to the protective order shall be described in a meaningful fashion (for example, “personnel records,” or “market surveys,” etc.). It is not sufficient to use only conclusory terms such as "confidential or proprietary information." Also, the Court cannot agree to "seal all confidential documents." If confidential material is included in any papers to be filed in Court, such papers shall be accompanied by an application, pursuant to Local Rule 79-5.1, to file the papers – or the confidential portion thereof – under seal. The application shall be directed to the judge to whom the papers are directed. Pending the ruling on the application, the papers or portions thereof subject to the sealing application shall be lodged under seal. In the event of a dispute regarding the designation of confidential information, the procedure for obtaining a decision from the Court is that set forth in Local Rule 37. All proposed protective orders must include a statement establishing the requisite good cause. Foltz v. State Farm Mut. Auto Ins. Co., 331 F.3d 1122, 1130 (9th Cir. 2003) (court’s protective order analysis requires examination of good cause) (citing Phillips v. Gen. Motors Corp., 307 F.3d 1206, 1210-11, 1212 (9th Cir. 2002); San Jose Mercury News, Inc. v. United States Dist. Court, 187 F.3d 1096, 1102 (9th Cir. 1999); Beckman Indus., Inc. v. Int’l Ins. Co., 966 F.2d 470, 476 (9th Cir.1992).

    The Court may only enter a protective order upon a showing of good cause. Kamakana v. City and County of Honolulu, 447 F.3d 1172, 1176 (9th Cir. 2006) (parties must make a “particularized showing” under Rule 26(c)’s good cause showing for court to enter protective order); Phillips, 307 F.3d at 1210-11 (Rule 26(c) requires a showing of good cause for a protective order); Makar-Wellbon v. Sony Electrics, Inc., 187 F.R.D. 576, 577 (E.D. Wis. 1999) (even stipulated protective orders require good cause showing). The Court recommends that a separate paragraph be included in each protective order and that paragraph should be labeled "GOOD CAUSE STATEMENT." The parties should then set forth the reasons establishing good cause. Finally, in all proposed protective orders and other filings pertaining to discovery, the parties shall include the following in the caption: “[Discovery Document: Referred to Magistrate Judge Suzanne H. Segal].”


  14. Trial preparation:
    1. Court hours: Tuesday - Friday - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    2. Exhibit preparation: Original Exhibit +4 copies (1 for judge, 1 for opposing counsel, 1 for themselves, 1 extra copy) 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.

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

  16. Other Information:
    Parties should contact CRD about dates available for settlement conferences.
    Settlement Conferences will generally be held on Mondays, Tuesdays or Fridays at 2:00 p.m.

    Counsel should review and follow procedures set forth in the court’s own settlement conference order (available for download below) which differs in some respects from Local Rule 16-15. All settlement conference papers should be delivered directly to the Judge’s chambers, Room 324, 3rd floor.

  17. Refer to the instructions specific to e-filing in Social Security Cases in the Case Management Order for Social Security cases.

  18. Under Seal Documents - Counsel/parties are directed to deliver to Civil Intake, one copy of the application, proposed order and document 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.
    Documents should also be emailed to SS_Chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov.



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