United States District Court, Central District of California

FAQs about Judges' Procedures and Schedules

Last Updated: 04/03/2014

Name:Title:Court RoomLocation:
Hon. Beverly Reid O'ConnellJudge14 - Spring St. FloorLos Angeles - Spring Street

Courtroom Deputy Clerk:Telephone:
Renee Fisher213-894-5283


The best way to contact the judge's courtroom deputy clerk is by calling 213-894-5283; if the clerk does not answer the phone, be sure to leave a voice-mail message.

JUDGE Beverly Reid O'Connell
Court Clerk: Renee Fisher
Court Reporter: Myra Ponce
Courtroom: 14 - Spring St. Floor
Telephone: 213-894-5283
Telephone: 213-894-2305

Please See Attachment Below for "Under Seal Instructions"

  1. Civil motions are heard on Mondays at 1:30 p.m.
    Criminal motions are heard on Mondays at 9:00 a.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 Courtroom Deputy Clerk (“CRD”) before filing the motion.

    Motions will be heard two weeks after the deadline for filing the Reply. Therefore, Motion papers must be filed and served not later than 28 days before the hearing date. Opposition papers must be filed and served not later than 21 days before the hearing date. Reply papers must be filed and served not later than 14 days before the hearing date.

    When a party cites to a case, statute, or other authority, the citation must hyperlink to that authority on either Westlaw Classic, WestlawNext, Lexis Nexis, or Lexis Advance. Ibid. citations should include hyperlinks as well. Similarly, parties' citations to the docket should include hyperlinks.

  2. All discovery motions and stipulations, including those relating to protective orders, are to be calendared before the magistrate judge whose initials appear in parentheses after the case number.

    Documents may not be filed under seal in matters pending before the district judge based on a protective order signed by the magistrate judge. A separate and additional showing of good cause as to each category of document or information is required. Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(c); Phillips ex rel. Estates of Byrd v. General Motors Corp., 307 F.3d 1206, 1212 (9th Cir. 2002).

  3. Tentative rulings are not issued.

  4. All papers filed with the Court must conform to Local Rule 11-3.1.1, which generally requires typeface of 14 point or larger for Times New Roman and 12 point or larger for Courier.

  5. Conformed mandatory chambers copies of all moving, opposition, and reply papers shall be hand-delivered to chambers and placed in the tray outside the door to chambers. The Court requires mandatory chambers copies of all criminal documents, all initiating civil documents and all trial documents.

  6. Ex parte applications are solely for extraordinary relief and are rarely granted. See Mission Power Engineering Co. v. Continental Casualty Co., 883 F. Supp. 488 (C.D. Cal. 1995). Applications must be efiled pursuant to the Local Rules. All ex parte applications shall be sent in pdf version to the chambers email at bro_chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov (bro_chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov) along with a word version of the order. A mandatory chambers copy of moving, opposition, or notice of non-opposition papers must be delivered to the tray outside the door to chambers. Both the email to the Court, and the application, should advise whether opposing counsel will be filing opposition. Applications should conform to Local Rule 7-19 and 7-19.1, including a statement of opposing counsel's position. In addition to the requirements of Local Rules 7-19 and 7-19.1, the moving party shall serve the opposing party by email, facsimile transmission, or personal service and shall notify the opposition that opposing papers must be filed no later than twenty-four hours (or one court day) following such service. The Court considers ex parte applications on the papers and usually does not set these matters for hearing. The CRD will notify counsel of a hearing date and time, if the Court determines a hearing is necessary. Rulings on ex partes will be efiled by the Court.

  7. Continuances are granted only on 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 previous 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 date to be continued. Continuances will not always be granted. It is best to leave a message for the courtroom deputy clerk at the above number as soon as you know a request for continuance will be made.

  8. Counsel should not contact the judge’s law clerks or secretary/judicial assistant unless responding to an inquiry they initiated.

  9. Calls will not be returned regarding the status of submitted motions, stipulations, or proposed orders. Sufficient copies of any proposed 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 PACER.

  10. If counsel has a conflicting appearance in the court of a more senior district judge, counsel must email the CRD, at least 3 days in advance, indicating the time of the appearance, the case name, and the name of the other judge. On the day of the appearance, if possible, request the other judge’s CRD to update Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell’s CRD as to when counsel will be appearing in Judge Reid O’Connell’s courtroom.

    If counsel will be late, or cannot make a court appearance for any other reason, good cause must be shown. The Court must approve all continuances and special requests. Counsel must make such requests in pleading form by submitting a stipulation and a proposed order to the filing window (Clerk’s Office, Room G-19). Refer to Local Rule 52.9 for the proper format.

    If a stipulation cannot be reached, counsel must submit an ex parte application and proposed order following the requirements of paragraph 6.

  11. If electronic equipment must be brought into the courtroom for trial, make prior arrangements with the Court Security. Notice must be given to the courtroom deputy clerk at the above number.

  12. 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.

  13. Questions regarding law clerk or extern positions shall be addressed to the Judicial Assistance at (213) 894-1824. DO NOT CALL THIS NUMBER FOR CIVIL OR CRIMINAL CASE INFORMATION AND/OR QUESTIONS REGARDING A PENDING MATTER.

  14. It is the responsibility of counsel in a civil case to arrange for the services of an interpreter. Interpreter’s Office: 213-894-4599.

  15. If counsel has received a "Notice to parties of Court-Directed ADR Program" (form ADR-08), the Court will presumptively refer the case to the Court Mediation Panel or to a private mediation at the time of the initial scheduling conference. See general Order 11-10, 5.1. Counsel are directed to furnish and discuss this Notice with their clients in preparation for the parties' Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(f) conference. Counsel should include their shared or separate views regarding a preference for the Court Mediation Panel or private mediation, and when the mediation should occur, in the written report required by Fed.R.Civ.P 26(f) and Civil L.R. 26-1. For information about the Court's ADR program, please see General Order 11.10, which is located in the "General Orders" section on the home page and in the "ADR" page on the Court's website.


  16. For Judge Reid O’Connell’s case management, scheduling, and trial procedures, see the Orders below.

  17. All requests from the media should be directed to the Court’s Communication Specialist at (213) 894-7987. The CRD will not return calls from the media or answer questions from the media. The media are directed to check the Court’s electronic record for more information.

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Set RULE 26 SCHED CONF.pdf
Set RULE 26 SCHED CONF. pdf

UNDER SEAL INSTRUCTIONS.pdf
UNDER SEAL INSTRUCTIONS.pdf

Standing Order.pdf
Standing Order.pdf

Civil Court Trial Order.pdf
Civil Court Trial Order.pdf

Civil Jury Trial Order.pdf
Civil Jury Trial Order.pdf


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