Honorable Beverly Reid O'Connell

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District Judge

United States Courthouse, 350 West 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA. 90012 - Courtroom 7C

Law and Motion Schedule: 

CIVIL MOTIONS: Motions are heard on Mondays at 1:30 p.m. (If Monday is a holiday, use the following Monday.)

CRIMINAL MOTIONS: Motions are heard on Mondays at 9:00 a.m.  (If Monday is a holiday, use 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. (UNLESS YOU ARE FILING A MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT) 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. Tentative rulings are not issued.

THE COURT DOES NOT REQUIRE BLUE BACKS.

***UNDER SEAL FILINGS**

CIVIL CASES:  Counsel are ORDERED to follow the procedures outlined in L.R. 79-5.2.2. The "Guide to Electronically filing Under Seal Documents in Civil Cases" is attached.


CRIMINAL CASES: JUDGE O'CONNEL IS PARTICPATING IN THE PILOT PROGRAM FOR UNDER SEAL FILING FOR CRIMINAL MATTERS - Counsel shall refer to the Under Seal Instructions for Criminal Cases, attached below.

DISCOVERY MOTIONS

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).

EX PARTE APPLICATIONS

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.

Judges' Procedures: 

FOR CASE MANAGEMENT, SCHEDULING, AND TRIAL PROCEDURES, SEE ATTACHED ORDERS.

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.

CONTINUANCE

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.

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

ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT

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.

NOTICE TO PARTIES OF COURT-DIRECTED ADR PROGRAM

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.

MEDIA

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.

INTERPRETER SERVICES

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

OTHER

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.