Honorable James V. Selna

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District Judge

​Santa Ana, Courtroom 10C​

Judges' Procedures: 
  1. Civil motions are heard on: Mondays, Time: 1:30 p.m.
    Criminal motions are heard on: Mondays, Time: 9:00 a.m.
    (If Monday is a holiday, next motion date is the following Monday.)
    It is not necessary to clear a motion date with the court clerk prior to filing the motion. Counsel MUST comply with the Federal and Local Rules regarding service when selecting a date for the hearing on their motion. If the Court does not believe that oral argument will be helpful, the Court will advise the parties no later than the Friday before the hearing.
  2. The Court does not entertain telephone appearances for hearings except in exceptional circumstances. However, where the parties have conducted the Rule 26(f) conference in person, they may apply to the Court to appear telephonically for the Rule 26 scheduling conference.
  3. All discovery motions are to be calendared before the magistrate judge.
  4. Tentative rulings may be issued. If issued, they will be available in Tentative Rulings section after Noon on the business day before the hearing and/or approximately 1/2 hour prior to the hearing in the courtroom. If all parties submit on the tentative ruling, please advise the Courtroom Deputy, and no appearance will be required.
  5. Mandatory Chambers Copies of all e-filed documents shall be delivered to the mandatory chambers copy box on the 10th Floor. It is imperative that the mandatory chambers copies be delivered by noon following the date of filing as required by Local Rule 5-4.5. Failure to deliver timely mandatory chambers copies may result in a delay in hearing a motion or ordering the matter off calendar.
    Mandatory chambers copies of Sealed Documents shall be delivered to the Clerk's Office Intake window, to be placed in the Court's internal mail box.    If the Mandatory Chambers Copy of a document is an inch or more thick, the filing party should place the Court's copy in a three ring binder (no blue backing is required) and not have the document bound at the top.  
  6. Ex Parte applications are for extraordinary relief only. Ex parte applications are considered on the papers and are rarely set for hearings. The Courtroom Deputy Clerk will contact all parties to set a hearing if the Court so instructs.   The moving party shall serve the opposing party by Email (this includes the CM/ECF System), FAX or hand service and shall notify the opposing party that any opposition must be filed not later than 24 hours after such service has been completed. If counsel do not intend to oppose the ex parte application, counsel must inform the courtroom deputy by e-mail (see above link) as soon as possible.
  7. To request a continuance of any scheduled court proceeding, counsel must make such request at least five days prior to the hearing date with a statement of good cause included in the request. The proposed order must reflect the specific dates requested.
  8. Stipulations. All stipulations shall be accompanied by a proposed order. The order shall include the parties' proposed dates.
  9. Counsel are not to initiate telephone calls to Judge Selna’s chambers, law clerk or secretary.
  10. Inquiries regarding the status of a motion, stipulation or proposed order are not available by phone. Please follow Local Rule 11-4.5.
  11. If there is a calendar conflict, counsel are to inform the courtroom deputy prior to the date of the conflict.
  12. Counsel should contact the courtroom deputy concerning procedures for bringing electronic equipment or extraordinary exhibits into the courtroom.
  13. 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 proceeding.
    To determine the court reporter/recorder for a particular proceeding, go to the Court Reporter Schedule web page and click on View by Date. Once you've determined the correct court reporter/recorder for the desired session, click on Court Reporter Phone and Email List for contact information.
  14. Questions regarding law clerk/extern positions should be directed to the secretary.
  15. Trial preparation:
    1. Court hours: The Court will, generally, try short cases (less than 10 days) from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Longer cases will be tried from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with no lunch break. The final determination of trial hours will be made at the final pretrial conference.
    2. Exhibit preparation:
      Under 10 Total Volumes of Exhibits - Counsel are to prepare exhibits for trial by placing them in three ring binders that are indexed by exhibit number with tabs or dividers on the right side and indicating on the spine of the binder the exhibit numbers contained and the volume number. The exhibits must be numbered in accordance with Fed. R. Civ. P. 16, 26 and the Local Rules. Counsel shall have the original set (with the exhibit tags affixed to the upper or lower right hand corner) and a bench copy on the exhibits, three (3) copies of the exhibit list and three (3) copies of the witness list to the Courtroom Deputy Clerk on the first day of trial.
      10 or More Total Volumes of Exhibits - Counsel are to prepare one (1) full set of the exhibits in three ring binders that are indexed by exhibit number with tabs or dividers on the right side and indicating on the spine of the binder the exhibit numbers contained and the volume number. Each exhibit shall have an exhibit tag placed in the upper or lower right hand corner of the first page of the exhibit. (These are the exhibits that will go to the jury during deliberations). Exhibits for the Judge & Witnesses: There should be a book for each witness that contains only the exhibits needed for that specific witness with dividers on the right side. This book should be presented to the witness when the witness is called. A copy of this book should be provided to the Judge at the time the witness is called. The Court requires counsel to submit the full set of exhibits, three (3) copies of the exhibit list and three (3) copies of the witness list to the Courtroom Deputy Clerk on the first day of trial.
    3. Jury instructions: Jury Instructions are due seven days prior to trial. A single packet, prepared as outlined in the Jury Trial Order found in the .pdf below, shall be submitted.
    4. Verdict forms: The plaintiff shall submit the verdict form prior to the close of the plaintiff’s case in chief.
  16. Counsel in civil cases are to obtain the services of an interpreter, if one is needed. Counsel may contact the Interpreter’s Office for references.
  17. The Court does not permit special appearances. Counsel of record shall appear at all court proceedings.
  18. Judge Selna's AO-10, Financial Disclosure Report, may be reviewed at the Judicial Watch website. The reports for 2003 through 2010 are presently online.

Tentative Rulings

Case Name Case Number Hearing Date
United States v. Nguyen SACR 16-17 JVS Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Partida Mo to Dismiss SACR 16-26 Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Estate of Diaz v. City of Anaheim SACV 12-1897 Thursday, October 12, 2017
United States v. Roh SACR 14-167 Friday, January 12, 2018
United States v. Partida SASCR 16-26 JVS Monday, February 5, 2018
TCL v. Ericsson SACV 14-341 Monday, February 12, 2018
Forsyth In Lim Ruling SACV 14-251 Monday, February 12, 2018
In re Toytoa; Lopez-Llanos v. Toyota ML 10-2151; SACV 13-9167 Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Reynoso v. RBC Transportation SACV 16-1037 Monday, April 9, 2018
United States v. Kharbanda SACR 17-99 Monday, April 23, 2018
SPEX v. Kingston and related cases 16-1790 and related Monday, May 14, 2018
Na v. Toyota 11-01073 Monday, May 21, 2018
United States v. Henley SACR 90-130 Monday, June 4, 2018
United States v. Michaels SACR 16-76 Monday, June 25, 2018
Legare v. Lee EDCV 15-833 JVS Monday, August 6, 2018
15-2034, NIC v. NTG, TENTATIVE Order re Expert Queen, 10-11-18 15-2034 Thursday, October 11, 2018
15-2034, NIC v. NTG, TENTATIVE Order re Work Prod Obj, 10-11-18 15-2034 Thursday, October 11, 2018
United States v. Michaels SACR 16-76 Monday, October 22, 2018
15-2034, NIC v. NTG, TENTATIVE re MSJ 15-2034 Monday, September 10, 2018
Yellowstone v. City of Costa Mesa SACV 14-1852 Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Richard v. Toyota ML 10-2151; SACV 16-1059 Monday, November 5, 2018
United States v. Villegas-Serrano SACR 18-171 JVS Thursday, November 15, 2018
West Coast Stock Transfer, Inc. v. Terra Tech Corp., et al. TENTATIVE Order re mot. discharge 18-1213 Monday, November 19, 2018
West Coast Stock Transfer, Inc. v. Terra Tech Corp., et al. TENTATIVE Order re MSJ 18-1213 Monday, November 19, 2018
Terra Tech Corp. v. Kenneth Vandevrede et al., Tentative order re MTD, transfer 18-cv-602 Monday, November 19, 2018
Barron v. State of Caiforna SACV 17-1275 Monday, November 26, 2018
17-1559. Maudie Patton, et al. v. Experian Data Corp., et al., TENTANTIVE Order re Sub Class Rep, 12-3-18 17-1559 Monday, December 3, 2018
17-1692, Macedonia Distrib. Inc. v. S-L Distrib. Co., LLC, Tentative order re mot to dismiss counterclaim 17-1692 Monday, December 3, 2018
United States v. Villegas-Serrano SACR 18-171 JVS Monday, December 10, 2018
Motion to Dismiss - Short v. Toyota 11-415 Monday, December 10, 2018
Barron v. State of Calfornia SACV 17-1275 Tuesday, December 11, 2018
1617 Westcliff LLC v. Wells Fargo SACV 14-1941 Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Walker v. Life Ins. Co. of Southwest CV 10-9198 JVS Friday, December 14, 2018
17-1474, In-N-Out Burgers v. Smashburger IP Holder LLC, et al., TENTATIVE re MTS, 12-17-18 17-1474 Monday, December 17, 2018
17-8920, Daniel O'Donnell v. DEA - Asset Forfeiture Section, TENTATIVE MTD, 12-17-18 17-8920 Monday, December 17, 2018
18-1639, Mariano Barrientos Rendon v. Snelling Staffing, LLC et al., TENTATIVE MTR, 12-17-18 18-1639 Monday, December 17, 2018
18-cv-1264, Carruthers v. Liberty Mutual, Tentative order re MTD TAC 18-1264 Monday, December 17, 2018
In re John Olaf Halvorson, TENTATIVE re SMJ, 12-17-18 18-519, 18-520, 18-525, 18-528 Monday, December 17, 2018
Galeon v. APL Martime Services, Ltd SACV 17-615 JVS Monday, December 17, 2018
Luqman Al-Hibr Ilumdeen v. BIA, et al., Tentative order re prelim injunction 18-1928 Monday, December 17, 2018
Nicholas Van Burren v. Envii, Inc. et al, Tentative Order re App. for default, 12-17-18 18-cv-190 Monday, December 17, 2018
Gil Jeon v. Ben Anderson, et al. Tentative order re MSJ, 12-17-18 17-1709 Monday, December 17, 2018
JP Morgan Chase Bank v. Bryan Swanson, Tentative order re mot. to dismiss, 12-17-18 18-1405 Monday, December 17, 2018