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

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Recording, copying, photographing and rebroadcasting of court proceedings is prohibited by federal law. A violation of this prohibition may result in sanctions, including suspension of your license to practice before this court, referral to the state bar, denial of the right to appear by video or telephonically at future proceedings, criminal prosecution, contempt, denial of admission to future hearings, and any other sanctions deemed necessary by the Court.

Law and Motion Schedule: 

Please read before contacting the court clerk. 

  1. Civil motions and discovery 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. Please check the motion calendar to make certain that the date chosen is not a closed date via the Motion Calendar on this website. The Court may take a motion under submission without oral argument. See Local Civil Rule 7-15. The parties are reminded of their obligation under Local Civil Rule 7-3, if applicable, to meet and confer about the subject of a motion at least 7 days before filing.
  2. Criminal motions are heard on Criminal Duty Days or as set by the Court.
  3. 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.  Informal discovery conferences are held telephonically at Judge McDermott's discretion, after a formal motion has been filed.
  4. Inquiries regarding the status of a motion, stipulation, or proposed order should be made by checking the Central District’s Pacer site. The Court discourages the practice of calling the court clerk.
  5. Before e-filing any documents under seal, please review (http://www.cacd.uscourts.gov/e-filing/sealed-documents).
Judge's Procedures: 

The Court appreciates compliance by counsel with these 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. Ex parte applications will ordinarily be decied on the papers without oral argument. 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: 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 comply with Local Rule 7-11. Stipulations to extend deadlines to file a Joint Submission a Social Security case must be accompanied by a Proposed Order that specifies the new filing date of the Joint Submission.
  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 matters submitted for the Court’s attention must comply with Local Rule 83-2.11. Otherwise, all letters will be rejected.
  5. To clear a calendar conflict: Please advise the court clerk in advance and attempt to stipulate to an alternative date and time with opposing counsel after clearing the alternative date and time.
  6. To request information regarding ELMO (reservations and/or training): 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. To order a transcript of any reported or digitally recorded proceeding: 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. 
  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. Settlement Conferences: 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.
  12. For Pro Se Litigants: The Court's Electronic Document Submission System (EDSS) allows people without lawyers who have pending cases in the United States District Court for the Central District of California to submit documents electronically to the Clerk's Office http://www.cacd.uscourts.gov/news/electronic-document-submission-system-people-without-lawyers.  To access EDSS and for additional information, visit https://apps.cacd.uscourts.gov/edss.
    If you want to be able to access information about cases and to view documents filed in those cases online, you need to open an account with PACER (the “Public Access to Court Electronic Records” system), visit http://www.cacd.uscourts.gov/e-filing/electronic-filing-and-case-access-people-without-lawyers, for further details.
    If you require legal assistance, please contact the Public Counsel's Federal Pro Se Clinic for free assistanace at (213) 385-2977, ext. 270, for more information, visit http://www.publiccounsel.org/featured?id=0003.

  13. Criminal Duty Matters E-Filing Pilot Project Requirements:

     *Please do not send advance-notice emails*

     *Chambers adheres strictly to the 4:00 P.M. deadline for non-emergency filings*

In accordance with General Order 19-01 and the Local Rules of the Central District of California, Criminal Duty Matters Electronic Filing Pilot Project User Manual, counsel must wait until after they receive the quality control notification before emailing documents to the chambers-specific email address. ALL CRIMINAL DUTY MATTERS must be emailed to JEM_CrimDuty@cacd.uscourts.gov ONLY along with the final version of the documents to be reviewed and signed. Please include in the email subject line, the type of document attached for every document e-filed, i.e., "Pen Register", "Search Warrant", "Application for...and Affidavit and/or Proposed Order", "Motion or Request for Dismissal", etc.

Please be sure the correct judge's name and the correct date are on the documents.

Please note that if the filer's email to chambers is received after 4:00 p.m., the Judge may not be able to complete his review of the Application/Affidavit until the following day.

The agent is NOT to proceed to chambers unless the AUSA/agent has been informed by chamber's staff that the documents have been reviewed.

Additionally, the following practices MUST be followed:

a)  Chambers copies must include the CM/ECF header showing that the documents have been filed.

b)  A conformed copy will only be given upon request and will be made using a copy brought by the agent. No copies will be printed for conforming.

c)  If counsel is filing a Motion/Application/Request to dismiss a charging document, the notification email must be clearly identified as such and chambers notified immediately.

AUSA/AGENT: After your documents have been reviewed, you will receive a telephone call. Please make sure you are available to receive the telephone call on the number listed in your email.  Your final documents will be sent to you and forwarded for processing.

Please follow the procedures located on the Court's webstie (http://www.cacd.uscourts.gov/court-procedures/filing-procedures/emergency-filing-procedures).