Lead trial counsel are to meet no later than ten (10) calendar days before trial to discuss and agree to the extent possible on issues including foundation, and which exhibits may be received into evidence.
- Civil Motions are heard on Mondays at 1:30 p.m.
Criminal motions are heard on Mondays at 3:30 p.m.
(If Monday is a holiday, the next motion date is the following Monday.)
It is not necessary to clear a motion date with the court clerk prior to filing the motion.
- Discovery motions are to be calendared before the magistrate judge.
- Tentative rulings are not issued.
- Conformed mandatory chambers copies of all motions, opposition and reply papers shall be hand delivered to chambers (Room 163) on Spring Street and placed in a courtesy copy bin located on a wall outside the entry door to chambers.
Mandatory chambers copies of e-filed documents shall be delivered to chambers.
- Ex parte applications are for extraordinary relief. See Mission Power Engineering Co. v. Continental Casualty Co., 883 F. Supp. 488 (C.D. Cal. 1995). Applications must be in accordance with Local Rule 7-19 and any applicable General Order. Ex parte applications are normally considered on the papers and are rarely set for hearing. If a hearing is necessary the parties will be notified. Opposition papers are to be filed no later than 3:00 p.m. on the first business day following service of the application. A conformed mandatory chambers copy of moving, opposition, or notice of non-opposition papers are to be hand-delivered to the courtesy box outside the entrance to chambers on the Spring Street level of the U.S. Courthouse, 312 North Spring Street. Counsel will be notified by the clerk of the Court’s ruling. Sanctions may be imposed for misuse of ex parte applications.
- Continuances are granted only upon a showing of good cause. Requests for continuances must be by motion, stipulation or application accompanied by a declaration setting forth the reasons for the requested continuance. The declaration should also include whether there have been any prior requests for continuances and whether these requests were granted or denied by the Court. Stipulations extending dates set by this Court are not effective unless approved by the Court. Requests for continuance should be submitted well in advance of the requested relief. Requests for continuance not in compliance with this Order or the Local Rules of Practice for the Central District of California will be denied.
- Counsel should not contact the judge’s law clerk or secretary unless responding to an inquiry they initiated.
- Calls will not be returned regarding the status of submitted motions, stipulations or proposed orders. Sufficient copies of any forms of order should be provided for conforming along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Counsel may also determine the status of any submitted motion, stipulation or proposed order by accessing the docket sheet through PACER.
- If counsel have a calendar conflict, they should notify the deputy court clerk as soon as possible.
- Contact the court clerk if you wish to bring electronic equipment into the courthouse.
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.
- Please call (213) 894-5774 if you have questions regarding law clerk or extern positions.
- Trial Preparation
Court hours: Trials are conducted Tuesday through Friday. Trial is from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the first day of trial and 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day thereafter.
- Exhibit Lists and Witness Lists: The parties shall file their witness lists and exhibits lists in accordance with Local Rule 16. Counsel are to assemble their exhibits by placing them in three-ring binders labeled on the spine portion of the binder showing both the volume number and the exhibit numbers. Each exhibit shall be separated by a tabbed divider on the right side. Counsel shall provide original exhibits for the Courtroom Deputy Clerk and a duplicate set for the judge. The original exhibits shall be tagged with the appropriate exhibit tags in the upper or lower right corner of the first page of each exhibit. Each binder shall contain a Table of Contents. Counsel must comply with Local Rule 26-4 when numbering the exhibits. The Clerk’s Office, Room G-8, 312 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, can supply counsel with appropriate exhibit tags.
The Court requires the following to be submitted to the Courtroom Deputy Clerk on the first day of trial:
- The original exhibits with the Court’s exhibit tags. Plaintiff shall use yellow tags; defendant shall use blue tags. Each tag shall be stapled to the front of the exhibit on the upper right corner and include the case number, case name, and exhibit number.
- One bench book with a copy of each exhibit for the Court’s use, tabbed as described above; a copy of the witness lists).
- Three (3) copies of exhibit lists.
- Three (3) copies of witness lists in the order in which the witnesses will be called to testify.
Jury Instructions: Fourteen (14) calendar days prior to counsel’s Rule 16-2 pre-trial meeting, counsel shall exchange proposed jury instructions(general and special) and special verdict forms (if applicable). Seven (7) calendar days prior to the Rule 16-2 meeting, counsel shall exchange any objections to the instructions and special verdict forms. Prior to, or at the time of the Rule 16-2 meeting, counsel shall meet and confer with the goal of reaching agreement on one set of joint jury instructions and one special verdict form.
The parties shall make every attempt to agree upon the jury instructions before submitting them to the Court. It is expected that counsel will agree on the substantial majority of jury instructions, particularly when pattern instructions provide a statement of applicable law. When the Manual of Model Civil Jury Instructions for the Ninth Circuit provides a version of an applicable requested instruction, the parties should submit the most recent version of the Model instruction, modified as necessary to fit the facts of the case (e.g., inserting names of parties to whom instruction applies). Where language appears in brackets in the model instruction, counsel shall select the appropriate text and eliminate the inapplicable bracketed text. Where California law applies, counsel are directed to use California Jury Instructions -- Civil (8th ed.) ("BAJI. If neither of the above sources is applicable, counsel should use the instructions from O’Malley, Grenig & Lee (formerly Levitt & Blackmar et al), Federal Jury Practice and Instructions (latest edition). Each requested jury instruction shall cover only one subject or principle of law and shall be numbered and set forth in full on a separate page, citing the authority or source of the requested instruction (except for the “clean” jury copy discussed below.)
When the parties disagree on an instruction, the party opposing the instruction must attach a short statement (one to two paragraphs) supporting the objection, and the party submitting the instruction must attach a short statement supporting the instruction. Each statement should be on a separate page and should follow directly after the disputed instruction.
The parties ultimately must submit one document or, if the parties disagree over any proposed jury instructions, two documents. If the parties submit two documents, those documents shall consist of: (1) a set of Joint Proposed Jury Instructions and (2) a set of Disputed Jury Instructions, along with reasons supporting and opposing each disputed instruction in the format set forth in previous paragraph.
The parties must file proposed jury instructions fourteen (14) calendar days before the Pre-trial Conference. If the court is closed that day, counsel shall file the proposed instructions the preceding Friday. No later than 5:00 p.m. on the date such instructions are due, the parties must submit conformed mandatory chambers copies to the Court’s courtesy box located outside the entrance to chambers on the Spring Street level of the U.S. Courthouse. Counsel shall also provide the Court with a 3½ inch diskette in WordPerfect format containing the proposed jury instructions, in accordance with this paragraph and the next paragraph.
The Court will send a copy of the instructions into the jury room for the jury’s use during deliberations. Accordingly, in addition to the file copies described above, the diskette submitted with the jury instructions shall contain a "clean set" of Joint Proposed and/or Disputed Jury Instructions, containing only the text of each instruction set forth in full on each page, with the caption "Court’s Instruction No. __” (eliminating titles, supporting authority, indication of party proposing, etc.).
An index page shall accompany all jury instructions submitted to the Court. The index page shall indicate the following:
a. the number of the instruction;
b. a brief title of the instruction;
c. the source of the instruction and any relevant case citations; and
d. the page number of the instruction.