Honorable Fernando M. Olguin

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District Judge

United States Courthouse, 350 W. 1st Street, 6th Floor, Courtroom 6D, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Law and Motion Schedule: 
  1. Calendar:
    • Civil Motions: Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.
    • Criminal Motions: Thursdays at 2:00 p.m.
  2. Motions: Motion dates may not be reserved, and it is not necessary to clear a motion date with the courtroom deputy ("CRD") before filing a motion.  All Thursdays on the calendar are OPEN unless the date appears on the “Closed Motion Dates” portion of the motion calendar.  Unless otherwise ordered, counsel shall notice the motion no earlier than 28 days from the filing date of the motion.  See Local Rule 6-1.  Any motion that is noticed more than 35 days beyond the date the motion is filed shall be stricken or advanced to an earlier motion date.  If the motion is advanced to an earlier motion date, counsel shall comply with the briefing schedule dictated by the new hearing date.  See Local Rules 7-9 & 7-10.
  3. Discovery Motions and Proposed Protective Orders: All discovery motions and proposed protective orders are to be calendared and/or presented to the assigned Magistrate Judge.
  4. Ex Parte Applications: Ex parte applications are solely for extraordinary relief and are rarely granted. Ex parte applications are taken under submission on the papers and are rarely set for hearing. If a hearing is necessary, the CRD will notify counsel of the date and time of the hearing. The moving party shall immediately serve the ex parte application on the opposing party by fax, e-mail or hand delivery and shall notify the opposing party that any opposition must be filed within 24 hours after the service of the application. The moving party shall advise the court in its application whether opposing counsel will be filing an opposition and describe what efforts, if any, have been made to confer with opposing counsel regarding the substance of the application and any potential resolution of the application. A copy of the ex parte application and any opposition must be delivered directly to the Clerk's Office drop box on the same day it is e-filed. All ex parte applications must include a proposed order. See Local Rules 7-19 and 7-19.1. Local Rules 7-19 and 7-19.1.
  5. Telephonic Appearances: Telephonic appearances for hearings in court are not permitted. 
  6. Interpreters in a civil case: It is the responsibility of counsel to arrange for the services of an interpreter. In a criminal case, the court will provide
    an interpreter at no charge to the parties. The CRD requires advance
    notice of no less than 24 hours for Spanish language and 48 hours for
    any other language. The more notice the better, as the CRD cannot
    guarantee an interpreter on less than one day’s notice.
Judges' Procedures: 

  1. Documents Filed with the Court: All filings shall conform to the requirements set forth in Local Rule 11. In addition, counsel shall e-file all criminal and civil documents pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 5(d)(3) and Local Rule 5-4. Any party seeking to file any document under seal must comply with Local Rule 79-5
  2. Sealed Documents: Effective December 1, 2015, please see Local Rule 79-5.2
    and the “Guide to E-filing Sealed Documents 11.25.15", found on the
    court’s website. For instructions on submission of sealed documents in
    criminal cases, please see the attached PDF document below. Proposed
    sealed items that are presented for filing at the Civil Intake or
    Criminal Intake Windows will be rejected, and filers will be directed to
    follow 79-5.2, or Judge Olguin’s criminal sealed document procedure
    attached.
  3. Continuances: Counsel must submit any request for a continuance or
    extension of time no later than five court days prior to the expiration
    of the scheduled date. Requests for continuances will not be granted
    routinely. A stipulation to continue the date of any matter must be
    supported by a sufficient basis that demonstrates good cause as to why
    the change in the date is essential. The stipulation must also indicate
    whether there have been any previous requests for continuances and
    whether these requests were granted or denied by the court. Counsel
    requesting a continuance must electronically file a stipulation and
    lodge a proposed order including a detailed explanation of the grounds
    for the requested continuance.
    If it is necessary to file an ex parte application seeking an extension of any deadlines, the application must be accompanied by a declaration setting forth the reasons for the requested extension of time. The declaration must also indicate whether there have been any previous requests for continuances and whether these requests were granted or denied by the court.
  4. Scheduling, Case Management and Trial Procedures: Orders addressing all of these issues will be issued by the court.
  5. Courtroom Equipment: Counsel should contact the Help Desk at 213-894-3061 to arrange training on the Court’s Audio Visual Equipment.
  6. Communications with Chambers Staff: Counsel should not contact the court’s law clerks unless responding to an inquiry initiated by chambers.
  7. Status Inquiries: The CRD will not return calls regarding the status of submitted motions, stipulations or proposed orders. Counsel may determine the status of any submitted motion, stipulation or proposed order by accessing the docket sheet through PACER.
  8. Law Clerk/Extern Applicants: Applications should be sent to Judge Fernando M. Olguin, 312 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, California, 90012. Applications should include: (a) a cover letter; (b) resume; (c) two writing samples; (d) two letters of recommendation; and (e) if out of law school less than three years, a law school transcript.

Orders & Additional Documents