United States District Court, Central District of California

FAQs about Judges' Procedures and Schedules

Last Updated: 01/06/2016

Name:Title:Court RoomLocation:
Hon. Fernando M. OlguinJudge22 - 5th FloorLos Angeles - Spring Street

Courtroom Deputy Clerk:Telephone:
Vanessa Figueroa213-894-0215

The best way to contact Judge Olguin’s Courtroom Deputy Clerk is by email at Vanessa_Figueroa@cacd.uscourts.gov. Alternatively, you can reach Vanessa by calling 213-894-0215. If the clerk is unavailable, please leave a brief voicemail message with your contact information, the case name and the case number. All proposed orders for consideration shall be emailed to FMO_Chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov.

JUDGE Fernando M. Olguin
Court Clerk: Vanessa Figueroa
Court Reporter: Lisa Gonzalez
Courtroom No.: 22 - 5th Floor
Telephone: 213-894-0215
Telephone: 213-894-2979

  1. Calendar:

    • Civil Motions: Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.
    • Criminal Motions: Thursdays at 2:00 p.m.

  2. Sealed Documents: Effective December 1, 2015, please see Local Rule 79-5.2 and the “Guide to E-filing Sealed Documents 11.25.15", found on the court’s website. For instructions on submission of sealed documents in criminal cases, please see the attached PDF document below. Proposed sealed items that are presented for filing at the Civil Intake or Criminal Intake Windows will be rejected, and filers will be directed to follow 79-5.2, or Judge Olguin’s criminal sealed document procedure attached.

  3. Motions: It is not necessary to clear a motion with the Courtroom Deputy (“CRD”) before filing a motion. However, a party cannot reserve a specific date for a motion that will be filed. Closed motion dates can be obtained on the Motion Calendar.

  4. Discovery Motions and Proposed Protective Orders: All discovery motions and proposed protective orders are to be calendared and/or presented to the assigned Magistrate Judge.

  5. Ex Parte Applications: Ex parte applications are solely for extraordinary relief and are rarely granted. Ex parte applications are taken under submission on the papers and are rarely set for hearing. If a hearing is necessary, the CRD will notify counsel of the date and time of the hearing. The moving party shall immediately serve the ex parte application on the opposing party by fax, e-mail or hand delivery and shall notify the opposing party that any opposition must be filed not later than 5:00 p.m. the next court day after the service of the application. For example, if an ex parte application is served on a Wednesday at 2:00 p.m., the opposition must be filed and served no later than Thursday at 5:00 p.m. The moving party shall advise the court in its application whether opposing counsel will be filing an opposition and describe what efforts, if any, have been made to confer with opposing counsel regarding the substance of the application and any potential resolution of the application. A copy of the ex parte application and any opposition must be delivered directly to the Chambers (drop box outside Chambers’s door) on the same day it is e-filed. All ex parte applications must include a proposed order. See Local Rules 7-19 and 7-19.1. Local Rules 7-19 and 7-19.1.

  6. Documents Filed with the Court: All filings shall conform to the requirements set forth in Local Rule 11. In addition, counsel shall e-file all criminal and civil documents pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 5(d)(3) and Local Rule 5-4. Any party seeking to file any document under seal must comply with Local Rule 79-5.

  7. Mandatory Chambers Copies: A mandatory chambers copy of all e-filed documents shall be delivered to the drop box outside chambers no later than noon the following business day. All mandatory chambers copies shall fully comply with the document formatting requirements of Local Rule 11, including the “backing” requirements of Local Rule 11-3.5. Each document must be labeled prominently, “Mandatory Chambers Copy,” on the front page and the notice of electronic filing shall be attached to the back of the document. Do not bind or staple separate filings together as one document.

  8. Continuances: Counsel must submit any request for a continuance or extension of time no later than five court days prior to the expiration of the scheduled date. Requests for continuances will not be granted routinely. A stipulation to continue the date of any matter must be supported by a sufficient basis that demonstrates good cause as to why the change in the date is essential. The stipulation must also indicate whether there have been any previous requests for continuances and whether these requests were granted or denied by the court. Counsel requesting a continuance must electronically file a stipulation and lodge a proposed order including a detailed explanation of the grounds for the requested continuance.

    If it is necessary to file an ex parte application seeking an extension of any deadlines, the application must be accompanied by a declaration setting forth the reasons for the requested extension of time. The declaration must also indicate whether there have been any previous requests for continuances and whether these requests were granted or denied by the court.

  9. Telephonic Appearances: Telephonic appearances for hearings in court are not permitted.

  10. 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 “by Date.” Once you have determined the correct court reporter/recorder for the desired session, click on Court Reporter Phone and E-mail List for contact information.

  11. Interpreters: In a civil case, it is the responsibility of counsel to arrange for the services of an interpreter. In a criminal case, the court will provide an interpreter at no charge to the parties. The CRD requires advance notice of no less than 24 hours for Spanish language and 48 hours for any other language. The more notice the better, as the CRD cannot guarantee an interpreter on less than one day’s notice.

  12. Scheduling, Case Management and Trial Procedures: Orders addressing all of these issues will be issued by the court.

  13. Electronic Equipment: Counsel shall file a request and lodge a proposed order detailing what items they would like to bring into the courtroom. If the request is granted, counsel shall present the order to the court’s security officers upon entering the courthouse.

  14. Courtroom Equipment: Counsel should contact the Help Desk at 213-894-3061 to arrange training on the Court’s Audio Visual Equipment.

  15. Communications with Chambers Staff: Counsel should not contact the court’s law clerks unless responding to an inquiry initiated by chambers.

  16. Status Inquiries: The CRD will not return calls regarding the status of submitted motions, stipulations or proposed orders. Counsel may determine the status of any submitted motion, stipulation or proposed order by accessing the docket sheet through PACER.

  17. Law Clerk/Extern Applicants: Applications should be sent to Judge Fernando M. Olguin, 312 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, California, 90012. Applications should include: (a) a cover letter; (b) resume; (c) two writing samples; (d) two letters of recommendation; and (e) if out of law school less than three years, a law school transcript.

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