Honorable Michael R Wilner

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Magistrate Judge

​Roybal Federal Building and United States Courthouse, 255 E. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA, 90012, Courtroom 550, 5th Floor ​

Law and Motion Schedule: 
  1. Judge Wilner hears civil motions on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. Please check the Closed Motion Dates before filing a motion. It is not necessary to clear a civil motion date with the Court before filing the motion. 
  2. The parties must contact the courtroom deputy clerk to schedule all motions in criminal cases.
Judges' Procedures: 

Civil Procedures

  1. If the parties have a discovery dispute, they may contact Judge Wilner by e-mail (MRW_Chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov) to request a telephonic conference with the Court before filing a discovery motion. The request must: (a) include a BRIEF description of the dispute; (b) a two- or three-line summary of each of the parties’ contentions; (c) indicate that the parties have been unable to resolve the dispute informally; and (d) copy all parties on the e-mail.  The Court encourages larger law firms to give junior attorneys an opportunity to participate in the resolution of discovery disputes on telephone calls or at hearings.  However, lead trial counsel must be present for all such proceedings.
  2. The Court recognizes that Local Rule 37-2.1 exempts discovery motions from the 25-page limit applicable to most briefs.  Tthe Court finds little value, though, in reviewing oversize joint submissions that consist of repetitive recitations of the challenged discovery and the parties' legal positions.  For any motion that the parties reasonably believe will exceed 50 pages, they may present the challenged discovery in an appendix attached immediately behind their joint brief.  The parties may also refer the Court to the first iteration of their mutual positions (e.g., "See Section 1.a") rather than cutting and pasting those statements ad infinitum in their memorandum.
  3. The Court encourages the parties to amend and use its preferred form protective order (available below).  The parties may also provide a red-lined version of the proposed order to the Court to highlight significant changes that they've made to the form order.
  4. In a civil case involving an individual in custody, the moving party must file the motion without requesting a hearing date.  The Court will review the moving papers to determine whether a hearing is necessary.
  5. All motions to be heard at the pretrial conference (such as disputed jury instructions or motions in limine) must be filed in a joint format.  Neither party's section of any joint motion will exceed five pages in length.

Criminal Procedures

  1. Federal law enforcement agents and the U.S. Attorney’s Office are encouraged to advise the courtroom deputy clerk in advance of the anticipated submission of warrants, criminal complaints, and other applications for the Court’s review.
  2. In advance of any bail review hearing, defense counsel is directed to have a face-to-face meeting or telephonic discussion with the assigned AUSA regarding the defense request. Defense counsel are further directed to provide any relevant information (including accurate contact information for potential sureties) to the Pretrial Services Agency at least one full business day before the hearing. 
  3. Document Duty E-Filing Requirements - Per General Order 17-02, the government will e-mail items to Judge Wilner's chambers mailbox (MRW_Chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov).  Chambers copies must have previously been filed and bear the CM/ECF header.  Do not staple chambers copies - use clips.  If an agent wants conformed copies, s/he must bring those items to chambers.

General Procedures

  1. Any party who wishes to appear at a hearing by telephone must make such a request at least two court days before the hearing. A party requesting a video appearance via Skype (generally reserved for out-of-district parties or those with mobility limitations) must contact the clerk one week in advance of the hearing and provide a valid Skype ID.
  2. Requests to reschedule a hearing, conference, or other proceeding must be electronically filed with the Court. The parties must contact the courtroom deputy clerk as soon as the need to reschedule a proceeding is discovered.
  3. The parties are not allowed to contact or communicate with the judge or his law clerks in any manner without express authorization from the Court. Letters to chambers are strictly forbidden and may lead to sanctions against the offending party.
  4. 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's website (www.cacd.uscourts.gov) at the section regarding 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.

Orders & Additional Documents