Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance

Honorable Maame Ewusi-Mensah Frimpong

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District Judge

United States Courthouse, 350 West First Street,

Los Angeles, CA, 90012, Courtroom 8B, 8th Floor

BY DEFAULT, ALL HEARINGS SHALL PROCEED IN-PERSON, UNLESS A REQUEST IS MADE BY THE PARTIES AND GRANTED BY THE COURT. THE LINK BELOW MAY BE USED ONLY IF ORDERED BY THE COURT.

REQUEST FOR A REMOTE ZOOM APPEARANCE MUST BE E-FILED BY THE FRIDAY BEFORE THE HEARING AND MUST INDICATE THAT COUNSEL HAS MET AND CONFERRED WITH OPPOSING COUNSEL CONSISTENT WITH LOCAL RULE 7-3.

 

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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: 

Civil Motions, Status Conferences, and Scheduling Conferences are heard on Thursdays, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Criminal matters are heard on Thursdays, beginning at 2:00 p.m.
 
If Thursday is a national holiday, motions will be heard on the following Thursday. 
 
It is NOT necessary to clear a motion date with the Courtroom Deputy (CRD) prior to filing the motion, except for motions for summary judgment and preliminary injunction. For these two motions, contact the Courtroom Deputy Clerk via the Court’s chambers email address at MEMF_Chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov to reserve a hearing date.  
 
For all motions, if the motion date selected is not available, the Court will issue a minute order continuing the date.
 
Closed motion dates can be found on Judge Frimpong’s Procedures and Schedules page. 
 
Trials will commence at Monday, 8:30 a.m. and conclude at approximately 5:00 p.m., with a one-hour lunch break. 
 
RULE 56 MOTIONS:  
No party may file more than one motion pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 56, regardless of whether such motion is denominated a motion for summary judgment or summary adjudication, without leave of the Court. Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 56(f), when appropriate, based on undisputed facts and controlling principles of law, the Court may sua sponte enter summary judgment in favor of the non-moving party. 
 

 The Court will not entertain cross-motions that seek to adjudicate the same legal issues. If parties wish to cross-move for summary judgment, their counsel shall meet and confer to determine which party will move and which will oppose the one motion for summary judgment.    

  • Motions for Summary Judgment: Must be filed at least forty-two (42) days before the noticed hearing date.  
  • Opposition: Must be filed twenty-eight (28) days before the noticed hearing date and fourteen (14) days after the motion is filed. 
  • Reply: Must be filed twenty-one (21) days before the noticed hearing date and seven (7) days after the opposition is filed. 
The above briefing schedule is the default. The parties may stipulate to a modified schedule that is reasonable for all parties. Any briefing schedule must provide the Court at least twenty-one (21) days between the reply deadline and the hearing date.  
  
Counsel are further advised to refer to section VIII.E of Judge Frimpong’s Civil Standing Order, linked below. 
 
Counsel are required to deliver two copies of all MSJ filings to 350 West Ffirst Street, 4th Floor, Los Angeles, CA.  90012.
 (Pro se parties are exempt from ths requirement.)
Judge's Procedures: 

Counsel must review and comply with the Court’s relevant Civil or Criminal Standing Order as well as the other applicable standard case orders and required templates -- which provide additional information and requirements and are found in the next section below (Orders & Additional Documents).  

 

ELECTRONIC FILINGS: 

 
Counsel shall e-file all civil and criminal filings pursuant to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 5(d)(3), and Local Rule 5-4, as follows:  
  1. All non-signature items shall be e-filed in PDF format. All proposed signature items shall be e-filed as an attachment to the main document in PDF format. 
  1. All proposed signature items shall be emailed to the courtroom deputy email address at MEMF_Chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov in Word format. Only proposed order signature items should be emailed to the chambers’ email address. Do not email other associated documents and do not use this email address for communication with the Court or the Clerk.  
Note for Parties Who Do Not Have an Attorney: Pro se litigants—that is, parties who are not represented by an attorney—may submit documents for filing through the Court’s Electronic Document Submission System (EDSS) instead of mailing or bringing documents to the Clerk’s Office. Only internet access and an email address are required. Documents are submitted in PDF format through an online portal on the Court’s website. To access EDSS and for additional information, visit the Court’s website at https://apps.cacd.uscourts.gov/edss. 
 

COMMUNICATIONS WITH CHAMBERS: 

 
Counsel must not attempt to contact the Court or chambers staff by email, telephone, or by any other ex parte means. Counsel may, for appropriate matters only, contact the Courtroom Deputy via the Court’s chambers email at MEMF_Chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov. Counsel must not contact the Courtroom Deputy regarding the status of any matter before the Court. Calls or emails regarding the status of submitted motions, stipulations, or proposed orders will not be returned. Counsel may determine the status of any submitted motion, stipulation, or proposed order by accessing the docket sheet through PACER, which can be accessed via the Central District of California website. Counsel must include on all papers their email address, telephone number, and fax number to facilitate communication with the Courtroom Deputy.  
 
 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 
 
MEDIA: 
All requests from the media should be directed to the district court’s Communication Specialist at (213) 894-7987. The Courtroom Deputy Clerk will not respond to media inquiries. The media are directed to review the court’s electronic record at www.cacd.uscourts.gov, the Newsworthy page on the Central District of California court website at http://www.cacd.uscourts.gov/newsworthy, as well as the docket on PACER for current case information. 
 
INTERPRETER SERVICES: 
 
Counsel in civil actions are responsible for arranging for the services of an interpreter. The Interpreter’s Office may be reached at (213) 894-4599.
LAW CLERK POSITIONS:
Judge Frimpong is actively recruiting law clerks for the fall of 2023.  Please click the link below for the job posting:
EXTERN POSITIONS:
Judge Frimpong is actively recruiting externs for the spring semester of the 2022-2023 academic year.  Please click the link below for the job posting: Externship-Judge Frimpong
 

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