Honorable Jay C. Gandhi
Santa Ana (Courtroom 6A) and Los Angeles
Civil motions are heard on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. It is not necessary to clear a motion date with the deputy clerk prior to filing the motion, although the Judge reserves the right to sua sponte continue motions or decide them on the papers without oral argument. The Judge does not permit telephonic appearances for hearings absent good cause.
- Civil motions are heard on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. It is not necessary to clear a motion date with the deputy clerk prior to filing the motion, although the Judge reserves the right to sua sponte continue motions or decide them on the papers without oral argument. The Judge does not permit telephonic appearances for hearings absent good cause.
- Settlement conferences:
Settlement conferences are ordinarily scheduled at 10:00 a.m. The Court's settlement conference mirrors the traditional comprehensive mediation, including the submission of mediation briefs, a joint session, and private caucuses. The settlement conference may continue throughout the day and evening, if productive and the parties so desire. You should anticipate that the Judge will not only facilitate discussions, but will also play "devil's advocate" with all sides to help the parties gain the most balanced evaluation of the matter. All discussions during a settlement conference are confidential pursuant to, among other things, Fed. R. Evid. 408 and the Court's Order. In light of the Judge's busy settlement calendar, the proposed date(s) for a settlement conference should be cleared at least sixty (60) calendar days in advance. All settlement conference papers shall be submitted at least seven (7) calendar days prior to the conference. All settlement conference papers shall be delivered directly to the Judge’s chambers, 6th floor of the Ronald Reagan Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Santa Ana, California, or emailed directly to the Court at email@example.com.
- Stipulated protective orders: The Judge directs the parties to the standard form protective order as developed by the Los Angeles County Bar Association. A copy of that standard form order is attached below. The Judge notes that any proposed protective order should be consistent with this Court's Local Rules, including Local Rule 79-5 (submitting documents under seal) and Local Rule 37 (resolution of discovery disagreements). The Judge also notes that any proposed protective order should generally govern discovery pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(c), but that any use of purportedly protected material during a court hearing or at trial should be addressed with the presiding bench officer.
- Discovery motions are to be set before the district judge unless the district judge to whom the case is assigned has a blanket referral of all discovery matters to the magistrate judge or already has issued a case specific order referring all discovery matters to the magistrate judge. Strict compliance with Local Rules 37-1 and 37-2 is required.
- If a tentative ruling is issued, it will be provided to counsel at the time counsel checks in with the deputy clerk.
Mandatory Chambers Copies of all e-filed documents shall be delivered to the courtesy copy box on the 6th Floor. It is imperative that 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.
- Procedures for filing an ex parte application:
Strict compliance with Local Rule 7-19 is required. Any opposition shall be filed and served within 24 hours of receipt of the applicant’s oral notice. Conformed paper copies of the filed application and any opposition should be delivered directly to the Judge’s chambers. Ex parte applications will generally be decided on the papers without oral argument. The Judge will notify the parties if a hearing is desired.
- Procedure for Presenting Documents Electronically for Sealing (Effective December 1, 2015):
All parties and counsel must fully comply with all steps of the multi-step procedure set forth in Local Rule 79-5 . A document presenting an overview of the steps required to file documents under seal in non-sealed civil cases, as well as the Court's Guide to Electronically Filing Under Seal Documents in Civil Cases, appear on this page, below, in PDF format.
- Continuances of any scheduled court proceeding will be granted only on a showing of good cause. To request a continuance, the parties should submit a signed stipulation and proposed order. If opposing counsel will not agree to a continuance, the request should be made by ex parte application.
- Inquiries concerning the status of a motion, stipulation or proposed order should be made to the Court’s deputy clerk. Counsel are not allowed to contact the Judge’s law clerk or administrative law clerk, or to communicate with the Court or chambers.
- Calendar conflicts: Immediately advise the deputy clerk telephonically and attempt to secure in good faith opposing counsel’s agreement to stipulate to a new date.
- Electronic equipment: Permission to bring in or use audio, video, or electronic equipment should be requested from the deputy clerk in sufficient advance of the date of the court proceeding.
- 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.
- Questions regarding law clerk/extern positions: Communicate via letter with the Judge.
- It is the responsibility of the parties to obtain the services of an interpreter on a civil case should one be needed.
- Other information:
The Judge does not permit special appearances. Counsel of record shall appear at all court proceedings and, in certain circumstances, the Court may specifically instruct parties and/or lead trial counsel to appear at proceedings or conferences.