United States District Court, Central District of California

FAQs about Judges' Procedures and Schedules

Last Updated: 03/03/2016

Name:Title:Court RoomLocation:
Hon. Josephine L. StatonJudge10ASanta Ana

Courtroom Deputy Clerk:Telephone:
Terry Guerrero714-338-4738

The best way to contact the judge's courtroom deputy clerk is by calling (714) 338-4738; if the clerk does not answer the phone, be sure to leave a voice-mail message.

Click here to view Tentative Rulings.

District Judge:Josephine L. StatonCourtroom No.10A
Court Clerk:Terry GuerreroTelephone No. 714 338-4738
Court Reporter:Deborah ParkerTelephone No. 714-542-8409

Some information regarding procedures and schedules is provided below. Additional and more detailed information is contained in the .pdf attachment(s) at the bottom of this page. Counsel should review and strictly comply with all provisions of the Local Rules (unless specifically superseded by an order of this Court) and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Copies of the Local Rules can be found at http://www.cacd.uscourts.gov/LocalRules or purchased from one of the following:

Los Angeles Daily Journal
915 East 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Metropolitan News
210 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
West Group
610 Opperman Drive
Eagan, Minnesota 55123

  1. Scheduling Motions.

    Civil motions are heard on Friday at 2:30 p.m.

    Criminal motions are heard on Friday. The date and time for all criminal settings shall be cleared in advance with the court clerk.

    On civil cases it is not necessary to reserve a motion date with the court clerk prior to filing the motion, but counsel must comply with all Local and Federal Rules regarding service and must review the Court's Closed Motion Dates. If the Court does not believe that oral argument will be helpful, the Court will advise the parties in advance.

  2. Telephone Appearances. The Court does not entertain telephone appearances for hearings except in exceptional circumstances.

  3. Discovery Motions. All discovery motions are to be calendared before the magistrate judge.

  4. Tentative Rulings. Tentative rulings may be issued. If issued, they will be available either by clicking on the “Tentative Rulings” link above or in the courtroom on the morning of the hearing.

  5. Mandatory Chambers Copies. Mandatory Chambers Copies of all e-filed documents shall be delivered to the mandatory chambers copy box on the 10th Floor. It is imperative that the mandatory chambers copies be delivered by noon following the date of filing as required by Local Rule 5-4.5. Mandatory chambers copies shall not be blue-backed. Failure to deliver timely mandatory chambers copies may result in a delay in hearing a motion or ordering the matter off calendar.

  6. Procedure for Presenting Documents for Sealing in Civil Cases. Effective December 1, 2015, all parties and counsel must fully comply with all steps of the multi-step procedure set forth in Local Rule 79-5. A document presenting an overview of the steps required to file documents under seal in non-sealed civil cases, as well as the court's Guide to Electronically Filing Under-Seal Documents in Civil Cases, appear on this page, below, in PDF format.

  7. Ex Parte Applications. Ex parte applications are for extraordinary relief only. Ex parte applications are considered on the papers and are rarely set for hearings. The moving party shall serve the opposing party by facsimile or personal service and shall notify the opposing party that any opposition must be filed no later than 24 hours after such facsimile or personal service. If counsel do not intend to oppose the ex parte application, counsel must inform the Courtroom Deputy by telephone as soon as possible.

  8. Status Inquiries. Do not inquire by phone regarding the status of a motion, stipulation, or proposed order. Please follow Local Rule 11-4.5.

  9. Contact with Chambers. Counsel shall not initiate telephone calls to Judge Staton’s chambers, law clerks, or judicial assistant.

  10. Calendar Conflicts. Counsel shall notify the Courtroom Deputy Clerk for each judge prior to the date of the conflict. Counsel should appear before the most senior judge and request priority.

  11. Continuances. Continuances are granted only upon a showing of good cause, particularly focusing upon evidence of diligent work by the party seeking delay and of prejudice that may result from the denial of the continuance. Counsel requesting a continuance, whether by application or stipulation, must submit a detailed declaration as to the reason(s). The Court will not consider any request that does not comply with the Local Rules or the Initial Standing Order attached below. The Court sets firm trial dates and will not change them without good cause having been shown. Requests should be submitted well in advance of the relief requested. Counsel is not to assume the request is granted unless approved by the Court. See Local Rule 40-1. Any request shall be accompanied by a separate proposed order.

  12. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). This Court participates in the Court-Directed ADR Program. If counsel have received a Notice to Parties of Court-Directed ADR Program (ADR-08), the case will be presumptively referred to the Court’s Mediation Panel or to private mediation. See General Order 11-10, §5.1 and Local Rule 26-1(c). This Court generally does not refer settlement conferences to magistrate judges.

  13. Electronic Equipment. Counsel should contact the courtroom deputy clerk at the earliest possible date concerning procedures for bringing electronic equipment into the courtroom.

  14. Transcripts. 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.

  15. Law Clerk/Extern Positions. Questions regarding law clerk/extern positions should be directed to Judge Staton’s chambers.

File for Download:
File Type: Adobe Acrobat

Revised InitialStandingOrder.Rev.DECEMBER 1 2015.pdf
Revised InitialStandingOrder.Rev.December 1, 2015.pdf

Order Setting Scheduling Conference.Rev 6.30.2015.pdf
Order Setting Scheduling Conference.Rev 6.30.2015

JLS-Civil Trial Order-Rev1-14.pdf
JLS-Civil Trial Order-Rev1-14.pdf

JLS-Order Re Criminal Proceedings rev 03-01-16.pdf

Patent Case EXHIBIT B REV 06-30-15.pdf

Patent Case Exhibit B Rev 06-30-15

LR 79-5 Overview rev 12.10.15.pdf

LR 79-5 Overview rev 12.10.15.pdf

Guide to Electronically Filing Under-Seal Document in Civil Cases.pdf

Guild to Electronically Filing Under-Seal Document in Civil Cases.pdf

File Size: 30; 32; 36; 125; 1,599; 64; 20 KBytes