Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance

Honorable Patricia Donahue

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Magistrate Judge

Roybal Federal Building and United States Courthouse, 255 E. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA, 90012, Courtroom 580, 5th Floor

Law and Motion Schedule: 

Civil motions are heard on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. Please check the Closed Motion Dates before filing a motion. Other than discovery motions, discussed below, it is not necessary to clear a civil motion date with the Court before filing the motion.

In criminal cases, contact the Courtroom Deputy Clerk to schedule all motions. ​

Judge's Procedures: 

​General Procedures

  1. To request a continuance of any scheduled court proceeding, the parties should submit a signed stipulation and proposed order. If it is necessary to file an ex parte application to seek a continuance, the application must comply with Local Rule 7-11 and Local Rule 7-19 and must contain opposing counsel's position.
  2. Procedures for filing an ex parte application: Strict compliance with Local Rule 7-19 is required. Any opposition must be filed within one business day of the electronic filing of the application. The Court will notify parties if a hearing is desired. Please note that, absent an emergency, ex parte applications may not be used to obtain a ruling on a discovery dispute. The Court's procedures for discovery motions in civil cases are set forth below.
  3. Counsel are not allowed to contact the Judge's law clerks.
  4. Inquiries regarding the status of a motion, stipulation or proposed order should be made to the Courtroom Deputy Clerk.
  5. Calendar conflicts: Advise the Courtroom Deputy Clerk in advance about a calendar conflict and attempt to stipulate with opposing counsel to an alternative date and time after clearing that alternative with the Courtroom Deputy Clerk.
  6. Procedures for bringing electronic equipment into the courtroom: Contact the Courtroom Deputy Clerk.
  7. For general information on how to order a transcript of any reported or digitally recorded proceeding, please contact 213-894-8958 or visit the court website ( section referring to Court Reporter/Recorder Transcripts. For an estimate of the cost to preparate 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 have determined the correct court reporter/recorder for the desired session, click on Court Reporter Phone and Email List for contact information.

​Civil Procedures NOTE: During the coronavirus crisis, parties are not required to meet in person to comply with Local Rule 37. Telephone or video discussions will suffice. All other procedures listed below remain in effect.

  1. If the parties wish to have a protective order regarding discovery entered, the Court encourages the parties to adopt and use the preferred form order (available below).
  2. Discovery Motions. Counsel may not file a discovery motion without first obtaining permission from the Court.
    To obtain permission, counsel must do the following: First, the moving party must send an email to opposing counsel outlining the dispute, the relief sought, and the argument in support of the moving party's position. Opposing counsel will have five working days from the date counsel receives the email to respond by return email, setting forth counsel’s views. No later than five working days later, the parties are required to meet and confer by telephone or video discussion and try to resolve the issue(s). If they are unable to resolve the issue(s), the moving party may contact the Courtroom Deputy Clerk to schedule a conference call with the Court to discuss the dispute. The moving party’s counsel will also forward the email and any response to the Courtroom Deputy Clerk at that time. The Court will read the emails then meet with counsel on the telephone to discuss and, hopefully, resolve the issue(s). If the Court is unable to decide the issue(s) without briefing, it will order briefing at that time.
  3. 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.
  4. Under Seal Procedures: Comply with Local Rule 79-5.2. Because documents filed under seal are visible on CM/ECF or Pacer only to the filing party and to Court personnel, a party electronically filing a document under seal may not rely on the Court’s CM/ECF System to effect service as provided in Local Rule 5-3.2.1. Documents filed electronically under seal must be served in accordance with Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 5. Documents filed electronically under seal must be accompanied by either a Proof of Service in the form required by Local Rule 5-3.1.2 or a declaration explaining why service is not required. The submission of documents for in camera review is governed by Local Rule 79-6.
  5. Social Security Appeals.  Neither side’s portion of the joint brief will exceed 15 pages in length.

Criminal Procedures

  1. Federal law enforcement agents and the United States Attorney's Office are encourged 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. Document Duty E-Filing Requirements. The government will email documents, including any proposed orders in Microsoft Word, to the Judge's criminal duty mailbox: Please note that this email address is for criminal document duty matters only and should not be used for any other purpose.
  3. All warrants/criminal complaints will be attested by telephone pursuant to Rule 4.1 during the coronavirus crisis. Please contact the Courtroom Deputy Clerk with further questions.

Orders & Additional Documents