Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance

Honorable Jacqueline Chooljian

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Magistrate Judge

Roybal Federal Building and United States Courthouse, 255 East Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90012, Courtroom 750, 7th Floor​

Law and Motion Schedule: 
  1. Civil motions are generally heard on TUESDAYS at 9:30 a.m., in Courtroom 750 - 7th Floor of the Roybal Courthouse, but may be noticed for other dates/times with the prior approval of the Clerk. Criminal motions are scheduled as required.
  2. Discovery motions are to be scheduled before the magistrate judge absent an alternative directive from the assigned district court judge. Strict compliance with Local Rule 37-1, et seq. and discovery deadlines set by the assigned district court judge is required. Counsel should be mindful that the magistrate judge may not alter discovery cut-off deadlines set by the assigned district court judge.
Judge's Procedures: 
  1. If the parties in a civil action wish to have a protective order entered regarding discovery, the Court encourages the parties to adopt and use one of the preferred form orders (see below).
  2. Procedures for filing an ex parte application: Strict compliance with Local Rule 7-19 is required. A FILE STAMPED, mandatory chambers copy of the application and any opposition must be delivered directly to Judge Chooljian’s courtesy box located on the 12th Floor, directly outside of Suite 1200, of the Roybal Federal Building. Any opposition must be served and filed within 24 hours of the electronic filing of the application. The Court will notify parties if a hearing is desired. Please note that absent an emergency which is not of the moving party's own making, an ex parte application may not be used to obtain a ruling on a discovery dispute. See Mission Power Engineering Co. v. Continental Casualty Co., 883 F. Supp. 488, 492 (C.D. Cal. 1995).
  3. To request a continuance of any scheduled court proceeding, parties should submit a signed stipulation and proposed order. If it is necessary to file an ex parte application to request a continuance, the application must, in addition to complying with Local Rule 7-11 and paragraph 2 above, set forth the opposing counsel’s position.
  4. 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 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 proceedings.
  5. If the parties in a civil action wish to have a protective order entered regarding discovery, the Court encourages the parties to adopt and use the preferred form order (available below).
  6. Under Seal Documents - Counsel are ordered to follow the procedures outlined in L.R. 79-5.2.2 for Civil Cases. The "Guide to Electronically Filing Under Seal Documents in Civil Cases" is attached below.
  7. Criminal E-Filing Procedures – In addition to General Order 17-02 and the Local Rules of the Central District of California, the following practices must be followed: Counsel are directed to email documents to: jc_crimduty@cacd.uscourts.gov. Once determined that the documents are in compliance, the Judicial Assistant ("JA") will reply to the email confirming receipt and will provide notification as to when the Agent will be asked to report to chambers. If/when corrections need to be made, the JA/Judge will communicate with the Agent or AUSA re same and may request the USAO to e-file and email an amended proposed version of the application/affidavit; or the Judge may, at her discretion, interlineate changes or deny the document. If the Judge denies a document and the USAO wishes to submit a revised version, the AUSA should re-file under a new case number and send another email to chambers once the new case is opened, attaching the new documents and the procedures will begin again. The Agent will bring the e-filed documents (with header) to chambers with him/her for signing.