Honorable James V. Selna

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District Judge

​Santa Ana, Courtroom 10C​

Judge's 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.   When filing a motion to amend, counsel shall file, as an exhibit to the motion, a "redline"version of the amended pleading showing all additions and deletions of material.    If a motion to dismiss is granted with leave to amend, counsel filing the amended pleading shall attach as an appendix, a "redline" version of the amended pleading showing all additions and deletions of material.  
  2. The Court entertains telephone appearances for hearings only in exceptional circumstances.
  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. Please note that trial on the first day will commence at 8:30 a.m. 
    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. Michaels SACR 16-76 Monday, June 25, 2018
United States v. Michaels SACR 16-76 Monday, October 22, 2018
Greif Packaging v. Teamsters SACV 18-0444 Monday, February 11, 2019
Wheel Group v. Cub EDCV 17-1294 Tuesday, February 26, 2019
SACV 18-02298 (JVS), Hinojosa v. UPS, Mot to Remand and Mot to Compel Arbitration, TENTATIVE ORDER 18-2298 Monday, February 25, 2019
SACV 18-1205 (JVS), Meineke v. Atta, Mot for Default Judgment, TENTATIVE ORDER 18-1205 Thursday, March 14, 2019
Trustees v. Bypasss Trust SACV 17-2078 Monday, April 8, 2019
Sherman v. City of Fountain Valley SACV 17-2217 JVS Monday, April 22, 2019
J Sherman v. City of Fountain Vallely, SACV 17-2217 JVS Monday, April 22, 2019
United States v. Roh SACR 14-167 Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Top Lightin v. Linco EDCV 15-1589 Monday, May 6, 2019
Buffington v. Nestle DACV 18-106 JVS Monday, May 6, 2019
California Surgical Institute v. Aetna Life, MTD 18-2157 Monday, May 6, 2019
18-28, Perez v. City of Orange, TENTATIVE MSJ, 5-13-19 18-28 Monday, May 13, 2019
19-258, Moon, et al. v. County of Orange, et al., TENTATIVE PI, 5-13-19 19-258 Monday, May 13, 2019
Adrian Alexandrov v. U.S. DHS 18-1792 Monday, May 13, 2019
Gordy v. CareMore Health SACV 19-48 Monday, May 20, 2019
EJH v. BMW SACV 18-9 Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Mark Smith v. Nerium 18-1088 Monday, June 3, 2019
17-1741, Renee Olachea v. Stearns Lending, LLC, TENTATIVE cross MSJs, class cert, 6-10-19 17-1741 Monday, June 10, 2019
18-1597, Newport Investment Group, LLC v. Eugene Leslie Cliett, et al., Tentative Order re MTD, 6-10-19 18-1597 Monday, June 10, 2019
18-2295, Tiffany Coleman v. American Honda Finance Corporation, TENTATIVE MTD, 6-10-19 18-2295 Monday, June 10, 2019
19-2289, Cara O'Callaghan et al. v. Regents of UC, et al. Tentative order re PI, 6-10-19 19-2289 Monday, June 10, 2019
Jose Castaneda v. A.W. Die Engraving, Inc., et al. 19-323 Monday, June 10, 2019
19-422, Randy Soderstrom v. Trinidad Paez Ocampo, et al., TENTATIVE MTDs, 6-17-19 19-422 Monday, June 17, 2019
19-519, Softketeers v. Regal, et al., TENTATIVE MTD, 6-17-19 19-519 Monday, June 17, 2019
17-2232, Carson v. Experian Inc., TENTATIVE Order RE MTD, 6-17-19 17-2232 Monday, June 17, 2019
18-1960, Timothy T. Merritt Jr., et al. v. Wells Fargo Bank TENTATIVE mtd 18-1960 Monday, June 17, 2019
Long Nguyen v. Lotus by Johnny Dung 17-cv-1317 Monday, June 17, 2019
17-2021, Emma Hart v. Marriott, TENTATIVE Order re mot for final settlement approval 17-2021 Monday, June 17, 2019