United States District Court, Central District of California

FAQs about Judges' Procedures and Schedules

Last Updated: 03/01/2016

Name:Title:Court RoomLocation:
Hon. Manuel L. RealJudge8 - 2nd FloorLos Angeles - Spring Street

Courtroom Deputy Clerk:Telephone:
Christine Chung213-894-5696

The best way to contact the judge's courtroom deputy clerk is emailing christine_chung@cacd.uscourts.gov.

Court Clerk: Christine Chung
Court Reporter: Sheri Kleeger
Bridget Montero
Courtroom No.: 8
Telephone: 213-894-5696
Telephone: 213-894-6604

  1. Civil motions are heard on: 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month, Time: 10:00 A.M.

    Pre-Trial Conferences are heard on: Mondays as set by Court, Time: 11:00 A.M.

    Criminal motions are heard on: Mondays, Time: 1:30 P.M.

    (If Monday is a holiday, motion date is: Next day (Tuesday) It is not necessary to clear a motion date with the court clerk prior to filing a motion

  2. Discovery motions are to be scheduled before the District Judge
    (Judge Real handles all his own discovery, does not refer to a Magistrate Judge)

  3. Are tentative rulings issued? No

  4. Are Mandatory Chambers Copies accepted by Court?

    Mandatory chambers copies of e-filed documents shall be shall be placed in the courtesy copy in-box outside of chambers or sent to the Court via overnight mail, within 12 court business hours of the time the document was e-filed. The courtesy copy shall be blue-backed and double-hole punched.

  5. Procedures for filing an Ex Parte Application: A party submits an Ex Parte Application, with a declaration of notification to the other parties (which includes notice that they have 24 hours from actual receipt of the papers to file any opposition), and a separate proposed order; the other parties have 24 hours to file their responses, and the matter then stands submitted. If the Court wishes a hearing, the court clerk will contact all counsel with the date and time of the hearing.

  6. To request a continuance of any scheduled court proceeding: The party(ies) must make the request in writing by either submitting a stipulation or ex parte application with a proposed order for the Court's signature; alternative dates should be cleared with the court clerk before submitting the document

  7. Are counsel allowed to contact the Judge's law clerks or secretary? No; all inquiries of any nature are to be directed to the court clerk

  8. Inquiries regarding the status of a motion, stipulation or proposed order: Are to be made to the court clerk

  9. Calendar conflicts (procedures for attorneys to follow if they have a calendar conflict): If a date is set by the Judge in court, counsel must advise the Judge at that time of any conflicts; if the conflict has arisen later, for instance just prior to
    a hearing, counsel must advise the court clerk by telephone (however, be advised: priority at the hearing can be arranged, or the matter put at the end of the calendar, but without a written stipulation/ex parte application and an order signed by the Judge, counsel must appear or risk being held in contempt)

  10. Procedures for bringing electronic equipment into the courtroom:
    • Arrangements for bringing voluminous exhibits into the courtroom may be made through the Space and Facilities Help Desk, at (213) 894-1400.

  11. To order a transcript of a proceeding: 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: Shall be directed to the Judge's secretary

  13. Trial Preparation:

    1. Court hours: 9:00 A.M. to 12 noon; then 1:30 P.M. to whenever the Judge adjourns court for the evening

    2. Exhibition preparation: Pursuant to the local rules (the exhibits, except for physical exhibits, shall be in 3-ring binders, the original tagged set for the court clerk -- who will pass same to the witnesses -- one set for the Judge, and a third set for the
      court reporter)

    3. Jury instructions: To be submitted in the form and time frames in accordance with the Federal Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure and the local rules; counsel need submit substantive instructions only

    4. Verdict forms: The court clerk prepares the verdict form in criminal cases; in civil cases the plaintiff submits the proposed verdict form in accordance with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the local rules

    5. Other: The parties shall come to court fully prepared, with the three sets of bound exhibits as described above; and also with three clean copies of their witness lists and three clean copies of their exhibit lists, all which shall be given to the court clerk
      before the start of court

  14. Procedures for obtaining the services of an interpreter on a civil case: The party must hire a certified Federal Court interpreter, whether it be done through the Court's Interpreter's Section, or from some outside source

  15. Proposed Orders, Judgments or any other Signature Items: A Microsoft Word or WordPerfect copy of any proposed document requiring a signature shall and must be e-mailed to the generic chambers e-mail address (r_chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov). The subject line of the e-mail shall be in the following format: court's divisional office, year, case type, case number, judge's initials and filer (party) name [e.g., 2:09 CV 09876 R (Plaintiff or Defendant's name)].

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