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.

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.

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.

  2. TENTATIVE RULINGS: Tentative rulings, if issued, will be available at a "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. CHAMBERS COPIES: Mandatory chambers copies of all e-filed documents must be delivered to the chambers drop box located on the 6th floor by the following day. Electronic copies of proposed orders, in Microsoft Word or WordPerfect format, must be e-mailed to the Court at JDE_Chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov.

  5. TELEPHONIC APPEARANCES: Any party who wishes to make a telephonic appearance must make such a request with the CRD at least two court days before the hearing. Requests are not automatically granted.

  6. SETTLEMENT CONFERENCES: If a settlement conference has been ordered, the parties should contact the CRD 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: For information on how to order a transcript of any reported or digitally recorded proceeding, please visit the Court Reporting Services page of the Court's website. Civil parties are responsible for securing interpreters for proceedings; further information is available at the Interpreter Services page on the Court's website.

  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 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