Honorable John F. Walter

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District Judge

​United States Courthouse, 350 W. 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012, Courtroom 7A​

Law and Motion Schedule: 

Criminal

  • Criminal matters are heard on: Monday at 8:30 a.m.
  • The Court will not consider any stipulation or application to continue any hearing unless such stipulation or application is properly filed with a separate proposed order at least three court days prior to the date of the hearing. If the stipulation/application for continuance was not filed at least three court days prior to the date of the hearing, or if the Court has not ruled on the stipulation/application, counsel and the defendant(s) shall appear on the scheduled hearing date.
  • Filing criminal documents under seal: Refer to the Local Rules.

Civil

  • Civil motions are heard on: Monday at 1:30 p.m.
  • Tentative rulings are not issued.
  • It is not necessary to clear a motion date with the CRD prior to filing the motion. Any Monday that is not a federal holiday shall be considered an available date.
  • If Monday is a holiday, the next motion date is the next available Monday.
  • Discovery motions are to be calendared before the Magistrate Judge.
  • Continuances are granted only upon a showing of good cause. Requests for continuances must be made by motion, stipulation, or application with a separate proposed order accompanied by a declaration setting forth the reasons for the requested continuance. The declaration should also state whether there have been any prior requests for continuances and whether these requests were granted or denied by the Court and shall include all pending dates set by the Court. Stipulations extending dates set by this Court are not effective unless approved by the Court. Requests for continuance should be submitted well in advance of the requested relief. Requests for continuance not in compliance with the Court’s Standing Order or the Local Rules will be denied.
  • Filing civil documents under seal: Refer to the Local Rules and the Court's Standing Order.
Judges' Procedures: 

​General Information

  • All documents which are required to be filed in an electronic format pursuant to Local Rules governing electronic filing shall be filed electronically no later than 4:00 p.m. on the date due unless otherwise ordered by the Court. Any documents filed electronically after 4:00 p.m. on the date due will be considered late and may be stricken by the Court. Any documents which counsel attempt to file electronically which are improperly filed will not be accepted by the Court.
  • When a proposed order accompanies a filing, a WordPerfect or Word copy of the proposed order, along with a copy of the PDF electronically filed main document, shall be e-mailed to the Chamber’s e-mail address listed on the ECF Website. The subject line of the e-mail shall be in the following format: court’s divisional office, year, case type, case number, document control number assigned to the main document at the time of filing, judge’s initials and filer (party) name. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in the denial or striking of the request or the Court may withhold ruling on the request until the Court receives the required documents.
  • Counsel are ORDERED to deliver 2 copies of all documents filed electronically to Chambers. For each document filed electronically, one copy shall be marked “CHAMBERS COPY” and the other copy shall be marked “COURTESY COPY.” The copies of each electronically filed document must include on each page the running header created by the ECF system. In addition, on the first page of each copy, in the space between lines 1-7 to the right of the center, counsel shall include the date the document was e-filed and the document number. The copies shall be delivered to Chambers no later than 10:00 a.m. on the next business day after the document was electronically filed. For any document that is not required to be filed electronically, counsel are ORDERED to deliver 1 conformed copy of the document, which shall be marked “COURTESY COPY” to Chambers at the time of filing.
  • The CRD will not file documents in Court.
  • All filed documents must contain counsel’s “E-mail Address of Record”.
  • Telephonic appearances for hearings in Court are not permitted.
  • Ex parte Applications, Temporary Restraining Orders and Injunctions: Refer to the Local Rules and the Court's Standing Order.
  • Calls or e-mails will not be returned regarding the status of submitted motions, stipulations, or proposed orders. Counsel may determine the status of any submitted motion, stipulation, or proposed order by accessing the docket through PACER.
  • Counsel are not permitted to contact the judge’s law clerks or secretary unless responding to an inquiry they initiated.
  • 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.
  • The following trial preparation will be discussed at the Scheduling Conference and Pretrial Conference:
    • Court hours
    • Motions in Limine
    • Exhibit preparation
    • Jury Instructions and Verdict Forms
  • Counsel are directed to the Court's website for information related to reserving courtroom equipment.
  • The Court requires the following to be submitted to the CRD on the first day of trial:
    • The original exhibits with the Court’s exhibit tags. Plaintiff shall use yellow tags; defendant shall use blue tags. Each tag shall be affixed to the front of the exhibit as detailed in the Court’s Civil and Criminal Trial Orders. Exhibit tags can be obtained from the Clerk’s Office.
    • One bench book with a copy of each exhibit for the Court’s use, tagged as described above.
    • Three (3) copies of exhibit lists (CRD will instruct at pretrial conference as to format).
    • Three (3) copies of witness lists in the order in which the witnesses will be called to testify (CRD will instruct at pretrial conference as to format).
  • All exhibits will be returned to counsel at the end of trial and will not be kept by the Court. Counsel shall keep the lodged and admitted exhibits in their possession pursuant to Local Rules.
  • It is the responsibility of counsel in a civil case to arrange for the services of an Interpreter. Interpreter’s Office: (213) 894-4599.
  • Other information: Counsel are directed to comply with all Local Rules and all Orders issued by the Court.
  • Law clerk/extern positions: Submit resume