Honorable John E. McDermott

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Magistrate Judge

Roybal Federal Building and United States Courthouse, 255 E. Temple Street, Los Angeles, California 90012, Courtroom 640, 6th Floor

Law and Motion Schedule: 
  1. Civil motions are heard on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. or such other time as set by the court after consultation with counsel. You do not need to contact the clerk for a date. Counsel should make sure that all motions comply with the Local Rules. Counsel should anticipate the possibility that a motion will be submitted on the papers. Please check the motion calendar to make certain that the date chosen is not a closed date via the Motion Calendar on this website.
    Criminal motions are heard on Criminal Duty Days or as set by the Court.
  2. Discovery motions are to be scheduled before the magistrate judge, if referred by the district judge. Strict compliance with Local Rule 37, et seq. is required. Counsel should pay particular attention to Local Rules 7-3, 37-1 and 37-2.4. Motions not in complete compliance with the Local Rules are subject to being rejected.
  3. Inquiries regarding the status of a motion, stipulation or proposed order: Please check the Central District’s Pacer site before contacting the court clerk.
  4. Before e-filing any documents under seal, please review (http://www.cacd.uscourts.gov/e-filing/sealed-documents).
Judges' Procedures: 
  1. Procedures for filing an Ex Parte Application: Strict compliance with Local Rule 7-19. A mandatory chambers copy of the application and any opposition must be delivered promptly. Any opposition must be served and filed within 24 hours of the electronic filing of the application. Court will notify parties if a telephonic hearing is desired. Please note that, absent an emergency, ex parte applications may not be used to obtain a ruling on a discovery dispute.
  2. To request a continuance of any scheduled court proceeding, parties should submit a signed stipulation and proposed order. If it is necessary to file an ex parte application to request a continuance, the application must, in addition to complying with Local Rule 7-11.
  3. Counsel should only contact the court clerk and never chambers unless directed to do so by the Court.
  4. Other than Confidential Settlement Statements in letter form, all other letters are an unacceptable method of contact with the Court. All matter to be brought to the Court’s attention must comply with Local Rule 83-2.11. All letters will be rejected.
  5. Please advise the court clerk in advance about a calendar conflict and attempt to stipulate to an alternative date and time with opposing counsel after clearing the alternative date and time.
  6. For information regarding ELMO reservations and/or training, please visit the court website (www.cacd.uscourts.gov) section referring to Courtroom Technology. Alternatively, you may contact the Courtroom Technology Help Desk at 213-894-3061.
  7. 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.
    To determine the court reporter/recorder for a particular proceeding, go to the Court Reporter Schedule web page and select a 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.
  8. Trial preparation: Counsel should comply with Local Rule 16 et seq.
  9. Procedures for obtaining the services of an interpreter on a civil case: If the government is the moving party, contact the court clerk. All others may contact the Interpreter's Section at 213-894-4599.
  10. Counsel must promptly schedule a settlement conference after referral to the Magistrate Judge pursuant to Local Rule 16-5.5.
  11. Procedures for filing a Stipulation for Protective Order: Please review Edwards v. County of Los Angeles, 2009 WL 4707996 (C.D. Cal 2009) for guidance.

The Court appreciates compliance by counsel with these procedures.