Honorable John D. Early

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Magistrate Judge

Ronald Reagan Federal Building and United States Courthouse, 411 W. Fourth St., Santa Ana, CA 92701, Courtroom 6A.

All hearings shall proceed in-person, unless otherwise requested by all parties and ordered by the Court.

Law and Motion Schedule: 

Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. A motion hearing date need not be cleared with the Courtroom Deputy Clerk ("CRD") if the date selected is not closed.  The Court may reschedule hearings or decide motions without oral argument as warranted. Hearings are conducted in-person unless a General Order, Order of the Chief Judge, or other Order directs otherwise.

Judge's Procedures: 
  1. DISCOVERY MOTIONS: Discovery motions are to be calendared before the Magistrate Judge unless otherwise ordered by the District Judge. The parties must include with any discovery motion all meet and confer correspondence regarding the dispute. Strict compliance with Local Rule 37-1 and 37-2 is required, except telephonic conferences are approved where an in-person conference is required under Local Rule 37-1.

  2. TENTATIVE RULINGS: Tentative rulings, if issued, will be available at the "Tentative Rulings" link on this page no earlier than noon one court day before the hearing. If all parties submit on the tentative ruling, they should advise the CRD, and, upon confirmation, no appearance will be required.

  3. EX PARTE APPLICATIONS: Compliance with Local Rules 7-19 and 7-19.1 is required. The Caption shall identify whether the application is “OPPOSED” or “UNOPPOSED.” Opposition papers should be filed no later than 24 hours after the filing of the application. Ex parte applications are usually considered on the papers only.

  4. PROPOSED ORDERS: Electronic copies of proposed orders, in Microsoft Word format, must be e-mailed to the Court at JDE_Chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov.

  5. TELEPHONIC OR VIDEOCONFERENCE APPEARANCES: Any request for appearance at a hearing by videoconference must be made by filed application, joined by all counsel/parties, that must be filed at least seven days before the hearing. No appearances by videoconference will be approved unless all counsel/parties agree to so appear. Any request for a telephonic appearance must be made by filed application, with at least 24 hours prior notice given to all other parties of the request and the position of all other parties, if known, stated in the application, filed at least seven days before the hearing. No request for appearance by telephone or videoconference is approved without an order by the Court. Remote appearance requests are not automatically granted.

  6. SETTLEMENT CONFERENCES: If a settlement conference has been ordered, the parties should jointly contact the Courtroom Deputy by e-mail with at least three proposed dates at least four weeks before the requested conference. A further order will issue after a date is accepted.

  7. TRANSCRIPTS/INTERPRETERS: Information on ordering a transcript of proceedings is available at the Court Reporting Services page of the Court's website. Information on interpreters is available at the Interpreter Services page on the Court's website; civil parties are responsible for securing interpreters for proceedings.

  8. STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDERS: Any proposed discovery protective order, even if subject to a stipulation, must satisfy the standards of Rule 26 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and other applicable authorities. The Court will not enter a protective order containing procedures purporting to restrict public access to court records that are contrary to the procedures set forth in Local Rule 79-5 and other applicable authorities. Similarly, no proposed discovery protective order should purport to control the handing of materials at trial. A model protective order is attached below. CM/ECF procedures must be followed for lodging of proposed orders, including emailing Chambers a word processing version of the proposed order. See Local Rule 5.4.4.

  9. Microsoft Word versions of all proposed orders submitted with criminal duty matters shall be e-mailed to JDE_CrimDuty@cacd.uscourts.gov 

Tentative Rulings

Case Name Case Number Hearing Date
Erik Lindsey Smith v. Felipe Martinez 5:22-cv-01470-MWF-JDE Tuesday, February 21, 2023