Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance

Honorable Mark C. Scarsi

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District Judge

First Street Courthouse, 350 W. 1st Street, Courtroom 7C, 7th Floor, Los Angeles, California 90012​​

Law and Motion Schedule: 
CIVIL MATTERS are heard on Mondays at 9:00 a.m.
CRIMINAL MATTERS are heard on Mondays at 3:00 p.m.

If the next available hearing in a given week is a holiday, the next available hearing date is the following Monday.  It is not necesary to clear a motion date with the Courtroom Deputy Clerk ("CRD") before filing the motion.  Closed motion dates can be found on Judge Scarsi's Procesures and Schedules page.

Counsel are advised to review and adhere to the Central District's Civility and Professionalism Guidelines.  See www.cacd.uscourts.gov, Attorneys, Attorney Admissions, Civility and Professionalism Guidelines.  All filings should conform to the applicable requirements specified by Local Rule 11.  All papers filed with the Court must conform to Local Rule 11-3.1.1, which generally requires typeface of 14 point or larger for Times New Roman and 12 point or larger for Courier.  All discovery motions and stipulations, including those relating to protective orders, are to be calendared before the magistrate judge whose initials appear in parentheses after the case number.

REQUEST FOR CONTINUANCE:
Continuances are granted only on a showing of good cause. Requests for continuances must be by motion, stipulation or application and must be accompanied by a declaration setting forth the reasons for the requested continuance.  The declaration also should include whether there have been any previous requests for continuances and whether these requests were granted or denied by the Court.  Stipulations extending dates set by this Court are not effective unless approved by the Court.  Continuances will not be granted routinely. It is best to leave a message for the CRD at the above number as soon as you know a request for continuance will be made.

If counsel has a conflicting appearance in the court of a more senior district judge, counsel must e-mail the CRD, at least 3 days in advance, indicating the time of the appearance, the case name and the name of the other judge.  On the day of the appearance, if possible, request the other district judge's CRD to update Judge Scarsi's CRD as to when counsel will be appearing in Judge Scarsi's  courtroom.

TELEPHONIC APPEARANCE:
The Court may permit appearances by telephone for status conferences and scheduling conferences upon a showing that a personal appearance will cause undue hardship. Only rarely will the Court permit appearances by telephone for oral argument on motions. If you wish to appear by telephone, you must (1) notify opposing counsel that you wish to appear telephonically, (2) file a Request to Appear Telephonically and Proposed Order at least three court days in advance of the scheduled appearance, (3) provide the CRD with the telephone number at which the Court can reach you, and (4) be available at that number for at least one-half hour before and one-half hour after the time of the scheduled hearing.

INTERPRETER SERVICES:
It is the responsibility of counsel, in a civil case, to arrange for the services of an interpreter. Interpreter's Office (213) 894-4599.

MEDIA:
All requests from the media should be directed to the Court's Communication Specialist at (213) 894-7987.  The CRD will not return calls from the media or answer questions from the media.  The media are directed to check the Court's electronic record at www.cacd.uscourts.gov, Newsworthy, as well as the docket sheet on PACER for current information.

Judge's Procedures: 

​For Judge Scarsi's case management, scheduling and trial procedures, see the Orders below.

E-FILING:
Counsel shall e-file all civil and criminal and civil filings pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 5(d)(3) and Local Rule 5-4 as follows:
    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. All proposed signature items shall be E-MAILED to the chambers e-mail address at mcs_chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov in WORD format. ONLY proposed order signature items should be emailed to the chambers' e-mail address. Do NOT e-mail other associated documents, and do NOT use this e-mail address for communication with the Court or the Clerk.

This Court only requires a MANDATORY CHAMBERS COPY of the following:
    Civil Matters: Initial pleadings (complaints, counterclaims, cross-claims), Joint Rule 16(b)/26(f) Reports, motion papers (motions, oppositions, replies, non-oppositions, and any related documents), trial documents (joint statement of the case, proposed voir dire questions, jury instructions, verdict form, exhibit list, witness list, and any related disputes), ex parte applications for temporary restraining orders, and presentation materials for patent cases.
    Criminal Matters: Motion papers (motions, oppositions, replies, non-oppositions, and any related documents), plea agreeement(s), and sentencing position papers.

Each mandatory chambers copy must be printed from CM/ECF and must include: (1) the CM/ECF-generated header (consisting of the case number, document control number, date of filing, page number, etc.) at the top of each page; and (2) the Notice of Electronic Filing ("NEF")  as the last page of the document.

The chambers copies shall be delivered to and placed in Judge Scarsi's courtesy box, located outside of the Clerk's office, by 12:00 p.m. (noon), on the first court date after the filing date.  All exhibits, declarations, etc. to chambers copies must be tabbed, where applicable.  Bluebacks are not required. Do not place chambers copies in envelopes.
DO NOT OMIT ANY OF THE ABOVE STEPS.

EX PARTE APPLICATIONS:
Ex parte applications can be submitted for routine exceptions to the Local Rules. Ex parte applications solely for extraordinaryrelief are rarely granted. Applications must be e-filed pursuant to the Local Rules. All ex parte applications shall be sent in PDF version to chambers' e-mail at mcs_chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov along with a Word version of the proposed order. Both the e-mail to the Court and the application should advise whether opposing counsel will be filing an opposition. Applications that fail to conform to Local Rule 7-19 and 7-19.1, including a statement of opposing counsel's position, will not be considered. In addition to the requirements of Local Rules 7-19 and 7-19.1, the moving party shall serve the opposing party by e-mail, facsimile transmission or personal service and shall notify the opposing party that opposition papers must be filed no later than 24 hours (or one court day) following such service. The Court considers ex parte applications on the papers and usually does not set these matters for hearing. The CRD will notify counsel of a hearing date and time, if the Court determines a hearing is necessary. Rulings on ex parte applications will be e-filed by the Court. Sanctions may be imposed for misuse of ex parte applications.

ADR:
If counsel has received a "Notice to Parties of Court-Directed ADR Program" (form ADR-08), the Court will presumptively refer the case to the Court Mediation Panel or to a private mediation at the time of the initial scheduling conference. See General Order 11-10, § 5.1. Counsel are directed to furnish and discuss this Notice with their clients in preparation for the parties' Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(f) conference. Counsel should include their shared or separate views regarding a preference for the Court Mediation Panel or private mediation, and when the mediation should occur, in the written report required by Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(f) and Civil L.R. 26-1. For information about the Court's ADR program, please see General Order 11-10, which is located at Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).

UNDER SEAL FILINGS:
Civil Matters: Counsel are ORDERED to follow the procedures outlines in L.R. 79-5.2.2.
Criminal Matters:
REQUEST TO SEAL DOCUMENT(S) ONLY, NOT THE APPLICATION AND ORDER
Electronically file the application to seal and/or declaration giving notice or proof of service. During the electronic filing process, attach the proposed order to the application. (Standard procedure for filing any application with a proposed order). Proposed order shall have an alternative signature line in case it's denied:
     1. Counsel shall publically file the document(s), if the party wants the Court to consider the document(s);
     (Add an option below for return of documents)
     2. Attorney shall retrieve the chambers copy of the document(s); or,
     3. Clerk destroys the chambers copy of the document(s).
After electronically filing the application and proof of service, send an e-mail to the chambers generic e-mail at mcs_Chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov, containing an Adobe PDF version of the mcspplication to seal, declaration giving notice or a proof of service, Word version of the proposed order (with the proposed denied instructions) and an Adobe PDF of the document(s) to be filed under seal with a caption page clearly marked "UNDER SEAL." The subject line of the e-mail should have the case number, plus the words "UNDER SEAL REQUEST".  A mandatory paper chambers copy, tabbed (if appropriate), of the document listed above (together in one envelope) must be delivered to Judge Scarsi's courtesy box, located outside of the Clerk’s office, on the 4th floor, by 12:00 p.m. (noon) on the day after submission.
REQUEST TO SEAL THE APPLICATION, ORDER AND DOCUMENT(S)
Electronically file a NOTICE OF MANUAL FILING indicating that an application to seal, declaration giving notice or a proof of service, proposed order sealing and under seal documents have been submitted to the Court. Send an e-mail to the chambers e-mail at mcs_chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov, containing an adobe PDF version of the application to seal, declaration giving notice or a proof of service, Word version of the proposed order (with the proposed denied instructions as stated above) and an Adobe PDF of the document(s) to be filed under seal with a caption page, clearly marked "UNDER SEAL." The subject line of the e-mail should have the case number, plus the words "UNDER SEAL REQUEST".  A mandatory paper chambers copy, tabbed (if appropriate), of the document listed above (together in one envelope) must be delivered to Judge Scarsi’s courtesy box, located outside of the Clerk's office, on the 4th floor, by 12:00 p.m. (noon) on the day after submission. Please note: The title of the pleading will be placed on the public docket entry. For example: "Declaration of John Doe, Exhibit A." If approved, the document itself will be sealed and not viewable by the public, but the entry (title) will be viewable.

ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT:
If electronic equipment must be brought into the courtroom for trial, counsel shall make prior arrangements with the Court Security.  Notice must be given to the CRD at the above number.

VOLUMINOUS TRIAL EXHIBITS:
Arrangements for bringing voluminous trial materials or exhibits into the Courtroom through the Building Vehicle Loading Dock (if required) may be made through the Space & Facilities (S&F) Help Desk, at 213.894.1400. Before contacting S&F for a required building security pass, prior approval of delivery time must be coordinated with the CRD.  Once approval from the CRD is received, logistical delivery information must be provided to S&F with adequate notice (at least one day) to create and issue required building security pass.  Counsel and messengers who attempt to access building parking and loading dock without required pass will be denied entry and must the utilize public entrance.

EXHIBIT TAGS:
Digital exhibit tags are available on the Court's website (Form G-14A plaintiff, Form G-14B defendant).  Digital exhibit tags may be used in place of the tags obtained from the Clerk's office