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

Unless otherwise ordered, all court proceedings will be held in person in Courtroom 6D of the First Street Courthouse.  Any request for a telephonic or video appearance must be filed no later than three (3) court days before the court proceeding.  Such a request must be supported by a declaration setting forth good cause for the remote appearance.  If the court grants the request, the type of remote appearance allowed will be at the court’s discretion.

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 date with the courtroom deputy ("CRD") before filing a motion.  All Thursdays on the motion 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 date the motion is filed shall be stricken or advanced to an earlier motion date.  A motion may be noticed more than 35 days beyond the date the motion is filed if the selected motion date is closed.  However, the motion must be noticed for the first open motion date on the court's calendar.  If the motion is advanced to an earlier motion date, counsel shall comply with the briefing schedule dictated by the new motion date.  (See Local Rules 7-9 & 7-10).
  3. Discovery Motions and Proposed Protective Orders: Unless otherwise ordered, 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 (or one court day) 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).
  5. Telephonic Appearances: Telephonic appearances for hearings in court are not permitted.  In some instances, the court will set telephonic hearings and will do so on its own motion via court order.
  6. Interpreters:  In civil cases, it is the responsibility of counsel to arrange for the services of an interpreter. In criminal cases, the court will provide
    an interpreter at no charge to the parties. The CRD requires notice of no less than 24 hours for a Spanish language interpreter 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.
  7. Court Reporters: Due to the severe shortage of court reporters, daily transcripts will not be provided for court proceedings unless authorized by the court.  Upon conclusion of the proceeding, counsel for the parties may submit a request for transcripts of the proceeding.
Judge's 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. Filing Documents Under Seal: In civil cases, counsel shall comply with Local Rule 79-5.2. Also, counsel should review the "Guide to E-filing Sealed Documents 11.25.15," found on the court’s website. In criminal cases, counsel shall follow the instructions set forth in the attachment below (CR Under Seal Procedures). A document presented for filing at the Civil Intake or Criminal Intake Windows will be rejected, and the party submitting the document 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 that includes 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 deadline, 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. Bail review:  A party seeking review of a Magistrate Judge's bail decision on the basis of information or evidence that was not presented to the Magistrate Judge must seek reconsideration from the Magistrate Judge who originally issued the bail decision. In general, the court will not consider any information or evidence that was not presented to the Magistrate Judge. After efiling form CR88, counsel must email to the chambers considering the application the CR88A; similiar to how a proposed order is emailed to chambers.
  5. Scheduling, Case Management and Trial Procedures: Orders addressing all of these issues will be issued by the court.
  6. Courtroom Equipment: Counsel should contact the Help Desk at 213-894-3061 to arrange training on the Court’s Audio Visual Equipment.
  7. Communications with Chambers Staff: Counsel should not contact the court’s law clerks unless responding to an inquiry initiated by chambers.
  8. Status Inquiries: Please do not call the CRD to ask about the status of a pending request/motion/application/hearing.  The CRD will not return calls regarding the status of submitted matters. Counsel may determine the status of any case by accessing the docket sheet through PACER.
  9. Law Clerk/Extern Applicants: Applications should be sent to Judge Fernando M. Olguin, 350 West 1st Street, Suite 4311, Los Angeles, CA, 90012-4565. 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. Applicants should indicate on the outside of their envelope whether they are applying for a clerkship or an externship position. **Applications via email are not accepted.**

Orders & Additional Documents