Honorable Alka Sagar

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Magistrate Judge

Roybal Federal Building and United States Courthouse, 255 E. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA, 90012, Courtroom 540, 5th Floor​

Law and Motion Schedule: 
  1. Civil motions are heard on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. Please check the Closed Motion Dates link above before filing a motion. It is not necessary to clear a civil motion date with the Court before filing the motion.
  2. The parties must contact the Courtroom Deputy Clerk to schedule all motions in criminal cases.
Judges' Procedures: 

 

  1. Motions: If any party is in Federal or State custody or is proceeding pro se, the moving party must file the motion without requesting a hearing date. The Court will review the pleadings to determine whether a hearing is necessary.
  2. Discovery Motions: The parties may file discovery motions with Judge Sagar only if the assigned District Judge has so directed. Counsel is advised to review the procedures and standing orders of the assigned District Judge before filing any discovery motion. Strict compliance with all local rules regarding motion practice is required, including Local Rules 37-1 and 37-2.
  3. Informal Discovery Dispute Resolution: With the agreement of the parties, the Court may in its discretion conduct informal telephonic conferences to resolve discovery disputes outside the formal Local Rule 37 procedures. Before any such telephonic conference, however, the parties must engage in at least two attempts to resolve the dispute without Court involvement consistent with the pre-filing conference of counsel required by Local Rule 37-1. If after two meet-and-confer attempts, the parties reach an impasse and agree to an informal telephonic conference with the Court, the moving party should email (with a cc to the opposing party) the Courtroom Deputy Clerk at AS_Chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov and provide the Clerk with the following information: (a) at least three proposed dates and times, agreeable to the parties, for the telephonic conference; (b) a brief, neutral statement of the discovery dispute and the specific relief requested; (c) a brief summary of the parties' respective positions; and (d) the two dates of the parties' meet-and-confer efforts to resolve the dispute without Court intervention. After its review of the email request, the Court will schedule the telephonic conference if appropriate or advise the parties to proceed by motion under Local Rule 37-2.
  4. Stipulated Protective Orders: All stipulated protective orders must comply with Rule 26 and the Ninth Circuit's standards for protective orders. All proposed protective orders must describe the documents to be protected with particularity. See Rivera v.. Nibco Inc., 364 F.3d 1057, 1063 n. 3 (9th Cir. 2004). Therefore, the documents, information, items or materials that are subject to the protective order shall be described in a meaningful fashion (for example, "personnel records," or "market surveys," etc.). It is not sufficient to use only conclusory terms such as "confidential or proprietary information." All proposed protective orders must include a statement establishing the requisite good cause. Foltz v. State Farm Mutual Auto Ins. Co., 331 F.3d 1122, 1130 (9th Cir. 2003) (court's protective order analysis requires examination of good cause) (citing Phillips v. Gen. Motors Corp., 307 F.3d 1206, 1210-11, (9th Cir. 2002). The Court may only enter a protective order upon a showing of good cause. Kamakana v. City and County of Honolulu, 447 F.3d 1172, 1176 (9th Cir. 2006) (parties must make a "particularized showing" under Rule 26(c) for court to enter protective order); Maker-Wellbon v. Sony Electrics, Inc., 187 F.R.D. 576, 577 (E.D. Wis.,1999) (even stipulated protective orders require good cause showing). Counsel is directed to file a single document entitled Stipulated Protective Order and email a copy in WordPerfect or Microsoft Word to the Court at AS_Chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov . It is not necessary to file a separate Proposed Protective Order. The Court recommends that the parties use the attached form Stipulated Protective Order available for download below.
  5. Ex Parte Applications: Ex parte applications shall identify in the caption whether it is “OPPOSED” or “UNOPPOSED.” Any opposition shall be served and filed within 24 hours of electronic filing of the application. Conformed paper copies of the filed application and any opposition shall be delivered directly to Judge Sagar’s drop box located outside room 181 – Roybal Clerk’s Office.  Ex parte applications will ordinarily be decided on the papers without oral argument. The Court will notify the parties if it desires an in-court or telephonic hearing. A party submitting an ex parte application need not provide a party in custody with oral notice prior to filing, but shall make all reasonable efforts to provide notice as quickly as practicable, consistent with Local Civil Rules 7-19 and 7-19.1. Any party relying on this policy shall state in the application (1) that the party in custody is incarcerated, and (2) all steps that have or will be taken to provide the person in custody with prompt notice.
  6. Continuances: To request a continuance of any scheduled Court proceeding, the parties shall telephonically notify the Courtroom Deputy Clerk as soon as the need to reschedule a hearing is discovered and then submit a stipulation and proposed order no less than three business days before the scheduled hearing. In the event of a calendar conflict, counsel shall immediately advise the Courtroom Deputy Clerk telephonically and attempt to secure opposing counsel’s agreement to stipulate to a new date. If opposing counsel will not agree to a continuance, the request for continuance shall be made by ex parte application. Stipulations to extend deadlines to file a Joint Position Statement in a Social Security Case must be accompanied by a Proposed Order that specifies the new filing date of the Joint Position Statement.
  7. Under Seal Documents: Counsel and parties are directed to deliver to Civil Intake, one copy of the application, proposed order and document to be filed under seal, no later than 12 noon on the next business day after the documents are electronically filed, pursuant to Local Rule 5-4.5. Proposed Order should also be emailed to AS_Chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov.
  8. Telephonic Appearances: Any party who wishes to appear at a hearing by telephone must make such a request at least two (2) Court days before the hearing. Email the Courtroom Deputy Clerk and copy opposing counsel. Telephonic appearances will not be allowed absent prior approval of the Court given on showing of good cause.
  9. Communication with the Court: Inquiries regarding the status of a motion, stipulation, or proposed order shall be made by checking the docket. If such information does not timely appear on the docket when expected, counsel may sparingly contact the Courtroom Deputy Clerk for status inquiries. Parties and counsel are not allowed to contact the Court’s Law Clerks or to communicate with Chambers by any means, except as expressly provided herein or otherwise ordered by the Court.
  10. Settlement Conferences: Counsel should select a date for the settlement conference in consultation with the Courtroom Deputy Clerk . Counsel should select the date at least two weeks in advance. Settlement conferences will generally be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. After the date is selected, the Court will issue an order regarding settlement conference procedures.
  11. Courtesy Copies: Mandatory chambers copies of all e-filed documents must be delivered to Judge Sagar’s drop box outside suite 1200 (12th floor) – Roybal Clerk’s Office.  Copies must be printed from CM/ECF , labeled MANDATORY CHAMBERS COPY on the face page and include: (1) the CM/ECF-generated header (consisting of the case number, document control number, date of filing, page number, etc.) at the top of each page; and (2) the NEF (see L.R. 5-3.2.1) as the last page of the document. It is imperative that mandatory chambers copies be delivered by noon following the date of filing. Failure to deliver timely mandatory chambers copies may result in a delay in hearing a motion or ordering the matter off calendar. Chambers copies do not need to be blue backed.  All mandatory chambers copies shall be two-hole punched at the top and bounded at the top. Electronic copies of proposed orders must be e-mailed to the Court at AS_Chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov. Proposed orders shall be in WordPerfect or Microsoft Word format. (See L.R. 5-4.5)
  12. Interpreters: It is the responsibility of the parties to obtain the services of an interpreter in a civil case if one is needed. If the government is the moving party, the government shall contact the Courtroom Deputy Clerk . All other parties shall contact the Interpreter’s Section at (213) 894-4599. It is the responsibility of counsel in a civil case to arrange for the services of an Interpreter. The Interpreter’s Office may be reached at (213) 894-4599.
  13. Law Enforcement Applications: Federal law enforcement agents and the U.S. Attorney’s Office shall advise the Courtroom Deputy Clerk in advance of the anticipated submission of lengthy affidavits in support of warrants, criminal complaints, and other applications for the Court’s review.
  14. Telephone Contact: Counsel may determine the status of any submitted motion, stipulation, proposed order, or hearing date by accessing the docket sheet through PACER. Parties shall first check the Local Rules or the docket sheet before calling the Courtroom Deputy Clerk with inquiries in that regard. The parties are not allowed to contact or communicate with the Judge’s Law Clerks in any manner without express authorization from the Court. Letters to Chambers are strictly forbidden and may lead to sanctions against the offending party.
  15. 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’s 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, please visit 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.
  16. Externships:  Externship terms are typically served in the summer, fall, or spring.  A law student interested in an externship with the Court should check with his or her law school to see whether it has an externship program in coordination with the Court.  Interested individuals may also submit an application packet directly to the chambers of Judge Sagar.  The packet should include:
a)      cover letter
b)      resume
c)      undergraduate and law school grades (if available); and
d)     writing sample, not longer than ten pages.
Applications are accepted up to six months in advance of the semester for which the student is applying. Interviews are typically scheduled and held by a law clerk, and offers are usually made at the time of the interview or shortly thereafter. Applicants are not to contact Judge Sagar’s  chambers regarding the status of an application. However, if an applicant has interviewed with a judge and subsequently accepts a position with another judicial officer, the applicant should contact the chambers to advise the judge that he or she has accepted another position and is withdrawing his or her application.

 

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