United States District Court, Central District of California

FAQs about Judges' Procedures and Schedules

Last Updated: 07/25/2013

Name:Title:Court RoomLocation:
Hon. Alicemarie H. StotlerJudgeTBDSanta Ana

Courtroom Deputy Clerk:Telephone:
Carolyn Voss714-338-4730


The best way to contact the judge's courtroom deputy clerk is via email at Carolyn_Voss@cacd.uscourts.gov. You may also call at 714-338-4758.

Click here to view Tentative Rulings.


ALL CRIMINAL MOTION DATES MUST BE CLEARED WITH COURT CLERK PRIOR TO FILING MOTIONS.

District Judge:Alicemarie H. StotlerCourtroom No.TBD
Court Clerk:Carolyn VossTelephone No. 714-338-4730
Court Reporter:TBDTelephone No. TBD


TABLE OF CONTENTS
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I.COURT PROCEEDINGS
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A. Scheduled times (Civil)
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B. Scheduled times (Criminal)
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II.COURT PROCEDURES - MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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ATTACHMENTS


A.
B.
C.
Order For Jury Trial – Civil (A.pdf)
Order For Court Trial – Civil (B.pdf)
Order Governing Pretrial Motions, Trial, and Sentencing – Criminal (C.pdf)

I. COURT PROCEEDINGS
A. Scheduled times: CIVIL.
Proceeding
Day (M-F)
Time
Motions
It is not necessary to clear or reserve a motion date with the court clerk prior to filing the motion.
Mondays, except 5th Monday of the month. If Monday is a holiday, set on next available Monday
10:00 a.m.
Most motions are adjudicated without oral argument. A separate, proposed order is required.
Discovery motionsto be scheduled before the Magistrate Judge assigned to the case
Scheduling Orders pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 16(b) and 26(f)Scheduling orders are issued based on the pleadings and the parties’ Joint Report usually without a court hearing.
Final Pretrial ConferencesFridays
2:00 p.m.
Trials
Tuesday start
otherwise, Tues.-Thurs.
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.,
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m.
Bankruptcy AppealsFridays
1:30 p.m.
Most appeals are adjudicated without oral argument.
Ex Parte Applications
Call Court Clerk to notify of ex parte application. Clerk may hold for opposition. Submitted on the papers unless otherwise scheduled by the Court. A separate proposed order must be submitted.
Trial preparation**See Judge’s order regarding Court or Jury Trials issued with Scheduling Order. The order contains information re: jury instructions, conduct at trial, Exhibit Conference Friday before trial, etc.
**Court’s Order For Jury Trial is attached as Attachment A.
**Court’s Order for Court Trial is attached as Attachment B.

B. Scheduled times: CRIMINAL
Proceeding
Day (M-F)
Time
MotionsFridays ** As scheduled by clerk
Motions in Limine1st day of trial 9:00 a.m.
Motions to SuppressFridays**As scheduled by clerk
Change of pleaAs scheduled by clerkAs scheduled by clerk
Rule 20 pleaAs scheduled by clerkAs scheduled by
clerk
SentencingAs scheduled by clerkAs scheduled by clerk
Bail hearingsAs scheduled by clerkAs scheduled by clerk
Revocation hearingAs scheduled by clerkAs scheduled by clerk
Trial
Tuesday start
otherwise, Tues.-Thurs.
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.,
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m.
Ex Parte Applications
Call Court Clerk to notify of ex parte application. Clerk may hold for opposition. Submitted on the papers unless otherwise scheduled by the Court. A separate proposed order must be submitted.


**All criminal motions are to be filed and served not later than twenty-eight (28) days after arraignment and set for hearing not later than the Monday eight (8) days prior to trial at 1:30 p.m. and date cleared by Court Clerk. Counsel’s estimate of time required for presentation of motion must be set forth adjacent to caption. (Court’s Order Governing Pretrial Motions, Trial, and Sentencing issued @ PIA by Magistrate Judge. Attachment C.)

II. COURT PROCEDURES - MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Are tentative rulings issued?Yes, in some cases. Distributed at the hearing prior to calling the case.
Are counsel allowed to contact the Judge’s law clerks or executive assistant?No, unless initiated by the law clerk or executive assistant.
Questions regarding law clerk/extern positions.Directed to the Judge’s executive assistant.
How to order a transcript of Court proceedingsFor 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.
Questions regarding trial preparation.Please review the Court’s Orders
For Jury or Court Trial. (Attachment A or B)
Are appearances permitted by telephone?No, unless specially set by Court.
Method used to impanel a jury:“Arizona blind strike” method.

Court clerk seats all prospective jurors by random draw. Jurors are handed trial calendar [optional] and a sheet of paper that calls for their later recitation of personal information, such as city of residence, place and type of work, etc.

Court conducts voir dire of entire panel, not just jurors in jury box. The Judge may invite counsel to ask questions. After challenges for cause are heard at sidebar, counsel submit their written peremptory challenges. The Clerk collects the forms from counsel and gives forms to the Judge. Judge and Clerk confer so as to assign the unstruck, unchallenged jurors selected by the parties.

At sidebar, the Court confirms peremptory challenges as submitted. Judge names first 6-8 unstruck, unchallenged jurors (civil) or first 12-14 unstruck, unchallenged jurors plus alternates (criminal) who constitute the jury. In criminal cases, an alternate pool can be reserved.

Alternates are not identified as alternate jurors.
Proper submission of mandatory chambers copiesMandatory 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 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.


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