Honorable Gail J. Standish

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Magistrate Judge

Roybal Federal Building and United States Courthouse, 255 E. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA, 90012​, Courtroom 640, 6th Floor​

Law and Motion Schedule: 
  1. Civil Motions (Non-discovery):  The parties must contact the CRD to schedule non-discovery civil motions.  The Court may take a motion under submission without oral argument. See Local Civil Rule 7-15. The parties are reminded of their obligation under Local Civil Rule 7-3, if applicable, to meet and confer about the subject of a motion at least 7 days before filing.
  2. Criminal Motions: The parties must contact the CRD to schedule motions in criminal cases.
Judges' Procedures: 
  1. Discovery Motions:
    1. Generally. Discovery motions are to be scheduled before the magistrate judge unless otherwise ordered by the district judge. The parties are advised to review the procedures and standing orders of the assigned district judge before filing any discovery motion. Strict compliance with Local Civil Rule 37 is required. The Court may take a motion under submission without oral argument. See Local Civil Rule 7-15.
    2. Pre-Discovery Motion Telephonic Conference. In the Court’s experience, discovery disputes may often be resolved without the need for formal motion papers. In order to facilitate the just and expedient resolution of discovery matters and to conserve the parties’ and Court’s resources, the Court requires the parties to follow the following procedure for filing discovery motions. This procedure does not apply to ex parte applications (see Procedure 5) or where a party to the discovery dispute is in custody.
      1. First, as Local Civil Rule 37-1 requires, the parties must meet and confer in an attempt to resolve any discovery dispute.
      2. Once the parties have determined that they have reached an impasse, within seventy-two hours of the last conference of counsel, the movant must send the opposing parties a draft e-mail detailing the dispute.
      3. Opposing parties must respond with their position on each disputed issue within two business days of receiving the movant’s e-mail.
      4. The parties are to promptly find three mutually agreeable times for the conference with the Court, of which at least two must be on different days, and all of which are no earlier than 10:00 a.m.
      5. The movant must then e-mail the Court’s chambers e-mail account (GJS_Chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov) with a final e-mail stating (1) the three proposed times for the telephone conference; (2) the neutral statement of each issue in dispute; and (3) the parties’ short descriptions of their respective positions on each dispute. The movant must cc: opposing counsel on the e-mail.
      6. No discovery motion may be filed until the Court has conducted its pre-discovery motion telephonic conference unless the movant has obtained leave of Court sought by an ex parte application. The Court may strike any discovery motion filed in violation of this Procedure.
    3. Discovery Motion Practice. The Court dispenses with the joint stipulation requirement under Local Civil Rule 37-2 and instead requires parties to file traditional motions, opposition briefs, and replies. Unless otherwise ordered on the pre-discovery motion telephonic conference, the following rules apply to discovery motions practice:
      1. The movant shall not set an initial hearing date. No discovery motion may exceed 10 pages in length unless leave of Court is obtained in advance.
      2. Any opposition must be filed no later than 21 days from service of the motion. It too may not exceed 10 pages in length unless leave of Court is obtained in advance.
      3. Any reply may be filed within 10 days of service of the opposition and is limited to 8 pages in length.
  2. Settlement Conferences: As part of her practice for settlement conferences, the Court holds a brief telephonic conference before the settlement conference. Parties should contact the CRD via email at earlene_carson@cacd.uscourts.gov to set up this initial telephonic conference and about available dates for a settlement conference.  In the email request, counsel shall provide three mutually agreeable times for the conference with the Court, of which at least two must be on different days, and all of which are no earlier than 10:00 a.m. Once the settlement conference has been scheduled, all settlement conference papers should be delivered directly to the magistrate judge’s chambers. In addition to mailed mandatory chambers courtesy copies, settlement conference papers may also be emailed to GJS_Chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov if the total number of pages being emailed is 20 or less.
  3. Ex Parte Applications: Strict compliance with Local Civil Rules 7-19 and 7-19.1 is required. Any opposition should be served and filed within 24 hours of applicant’s oral notice. Conformed paper copies of the filed application and any opposition should be delivered directly to chambers. Ex parte applications will ordinarily be decided on the papers without oral argument. The Court will notify the parties if it desires a hearing. Absent an emergency, ex parte applications are not an acceptable method of bringing a discovery dispute to the attention of the Court. Local Civil Rule 37-3. Ex parte applications must identify in the caption whether “OPPOSED” or “UNOPPOSED” and must also identify in the caption whether the relief being sought has been previously sought via ex parte application (e.g., “FIRST ex parte application for extension of time,” “SECOND ex parte application for extension of time”).
  4. Continuances: To request to reschedule a hearing, conference, or other court proceeding, the parties should submit a signed stipulation and proposed order at least three court days prior to the scheduled hearing date. If opposing counsel will not agree to a continuance, the requesting party should file an ex parte application setting forth its and opposing counsel’s position. In addition, the parties should notify the CRD as soon as the need to reschedule a hearing is discovered.
  5. Requests for Filing Extensions: Requests to extend any scheduled filing date (by either ex parte application or stipulation) shall be filed no later than three (3) court days prior to the scheduled date. Extensions are not allowed absent permission of the Court given on showing of good cause.
  6. Stipulated Protective Orders.
    1. General Standard: Parties frequently file stipulated protective orders that do not satisfy Rule 26 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Ninth Circuit's standards for protective orders, or the Local Rules of this Court. For example, the Court may only enter a protective order upon a showing of good cause. Kamakana v. City and Cnty. of Honolulu, 447 F.3d 1172, 1176 (9th Cir. 2006) (parties must make a "particularized showing" under Rule 26(c)'s good cause requirement for court to enter protective order). In addition, the Court will not enter a protective order that provides for the automatic sealing of all confidential documents. If confidential material is included in any papers to be filed in Court, such papers shall be accompanied by an application, pursuant to Local Civil Rule 79-5.1, to file the papers—or the confidential portion thereof—under seal. Also, in the event of a dispute regarding the designation of confidential information, the procedure for obtaining a decision from the Court is that set forth in Local Civil Rule 37. Attached below is a model protective order that satisfies these and other requirements.
    2. Form of Proective Order: It is mandatory that Parties submitting a stipulated protective order for the Court’s approval:  (1) use the Court's model protective order, attached below, to which they may propose modifications and (2) along with the proposed stipulated protective order, the parties must provide a redlined version comparing the original model and the filed stipulated protective order via e-mail to GJS_Chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov (link sends e-mail). The redlined version is only for the judge's review and, therefore, shall not be filed.
    3. Form of Proposed Order: Proposed Orders should contain an identical version of the filed stipulated protective order, must be on pleading paper and should not contain attorney names, addresses, etc. on the caption page, should not contain a footer with the document name or other information, and should not contain a watermark designation of the firm name, etc. in the margin.
  7. Parties in Custody.
    1. Hearing Dates: If any party is in state or federal custody, 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. Ex Parte Applications: A party submitting an ex parte application need not provide a party in custody with oral notice prior to filing, but must 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 must include 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. Under Seal Documents (Civil and Criminal):
  8. Civil and Criminal Under Seal Procedures.
    1. Civil Case Procedures: A party seeking to file materials under seal must file the Application, redacted document(s), proposed order, and Declaration with attached unreadacted document(s) electronically via the Court's CM/ECF system. Only the Application, redacted document(s) and proposed order will be viewable by the public. The Declaration with attached unredacted document(s) will not be viewable by the public and will be filed under seal. After electronically filing the necessary documents, the filing party will send to the Chambers e-mail address at (GJS_Chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov) a PDF of all the document(s), along with a Microsoft Word version of the proposed order. The subject line of the e-mail must bear the case name and number, and include the phrase “REQUEST FOR UNDER SEAL FILING.”
      DO NOT deliver copies to the Judge's drop box on the 3rd floor. If the Court grants the Application to file under seal, the CRD will docket the Order and counsel will be notified. It is the responsibility of the filing party to serve the other party(ies) as applicable with a copy of the filing party’s application, proposed order and redacted document(s). Relying on the Court's CM/ECF system for service is no longer acceptable. The filing party shall file a proof of service within 24 hours verifying service of the required document(s) on the applicable party(ies). If the Court grants the Application, it will be the responsibility of the filing party to seal the document(s) on the Court's CM/ECF system. Please review Local Rule 79-5.2.2 for full details regarding filing under seal.
    2. Criminal Case Procedures: Please refer to the Court’s Pilot Program Instructions attached below.
  9. In Camera Review: A party seeking to have the Court review document(s) in camera, must file a Request and proposed order via the Court's CM/ECF system. The Request and proposed order will be viewable by the public. After electronically filing the Request and proposed order, the filing party shall send a PDF of the Request and proposed order, along with a Microsoft Word version of the proposed order to the Chambers e-mail address at (GJS_Chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov). The subject line of the e-mail must bear the case name and number, and include the phrase “REQUEST FOR IN CAMERA REVIEW.”
    DO NOT deliver the document(s) to the Judge's drop box on the 3rd floor. If the Court grants the Request, the filing party will be instructed to deliver the document(s) directly to chambers on the 3rd floor for review. Upon review, the Court may require the document(s) to be filed under seal. If so directed, the filing party shall follow the same instructions given when filing documents under seal. If the Court denies the Request, the filing party will be instructed to keep the document(s) until the full disposition of the case.
  10. Telephonic Appearances: Any party who wishes to appear at a hearing by telephone shall make such a request at least two court days before the hearing. Telephonic appearances are not allowed absent permission of the Court given on showing of good cause.
  11. Special Appearances: The Court does not permit special appearances. Counsel of record shall appear at all court proceedings.
  12. Citation Format: When a party wishes to cite a case for which no reporter citation is available, the Court prefers that the party use a Westlaw citation (rather than a LEXIS citation) if one is available.
  13. Hyperlinked Filings: In the internet research world, hyperlinks are a standard way of “drilling down” for more detail or specific information. Just as all web pages contain links to other pages, cases downloaded from legal research services such as Westlaw or Lexis contain links to the cases, statutes, articles, or other sources cited within the opinion. The links allow immediate access by the reader to these referenced materials. Attorneys can include links to cited law and CM/ECF filings in their documents filed in CM/ECF, adding another level of persuasion to their writing. Hyperlinks in briefs and other court filings provide quick, easy, and pinpoint access to particular sections of a case, or to specific filings in the court’s record. The attorney can thereby highlight the precise issue presented, and the specific evidence and controlling or persuasive law the court should consider.

    Hyperlinks in court filings are very beneficial for court chambers. Court submissions that include links to relevant case law and case filings are easy for chambers staff to review. The attorneys’ arguments can be immediately verified in the context of the relevant law. The judge or judicial clerk is able to read the text of the cited case law on one screen while reading the attorney’s brief on the other. And if a brief contains links to referenced exhibits, and even to specific pages within those exhibits, the judge or judicial clerk can access the relevant evidence without having to navigate through the CM/ECF record. Particularly when dealing with large and complex cases, links save chambers considerable time and effort. Links make it easy for the court to verify—and adopt—the positions taken by an advocate.

    Although not required, the Court strongly encourages the use of hyperlinks in filings. For technical assistance consult this District’s guide to hyperlinking, available at http://www.cacd.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Hyperlinking_Attorneys_Word.pdf.

  14. Tentative Rulings: If the Court determines that issuing a tentative ruling is appropriate, the ruling will be provided to counsel when counsel checks in with the CRD.
  15. Calendar Conflicts: The parties are to advise the CRD in advance about any calendar conflict and attempt to stipulate to an alternative date and time with opposing counsel. The alternative date and time should be cleared in advance with the CRD.
  16. Communication with the Court: Inquiries regarding the status of a motion, stipulation, or proposed order should be made by checking the docket. If the information is unavailable, the parties may contact the CRD. Also, please refer to Local Civil Rule 83-2.5. Counsel and the parties must not contact or communicate with the magistrate judge’s law clerks unless expressly authorized by the Court or the Court’s CRD, the Local Rules, or this Court’s rules. Similarly, counsel and the parties may communicate with chambers by means of the Court’s email address only as expressly authorized by the Court or the Court’s CRD, the Local Rules, or this Court’s rules. Letters to chambers are strictly forbidden and may lead to sanctions against the offending party.
  17. Electronic Equipment: Counsel should contact the CRD regarding procedures for using or bringing electronic equipment into the courtroom.  
  18. 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, contact the CRD. All other parties may contact the Interpreter’s Section at 213-894-4599.
  19. Law Enforcement Submissions: Federal law enforcement agents and the U.S. Attorney’s Office are encouraged to advise the CRD in advance of the anticipated submission of warrants, criminal complaints, and other applications for the Court’s review.
  20. Employment Opportunities: For inquiries regarding law clerk positions, please visit https://oscar.uscourts.gov. For inquiries regarding extern positions, please communicate via letter to the magistrate judge.
  21. Form of Proposed Orders: Proposed Orders must be on pleading paper and should not contain attorney names, addresses, etc. on the caption page, should not contain a footer with the document name or other information, and should not contain a watermark designation of the firm name, etc. in the margin.