Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance

Honorable Patrick J. Walsh

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Magistrate Judge

Roybal Federal Building and United States Courthouse, 255 E. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA, 90012, Courtroom 790, 7th Floor

Law and Motion Schedule: 
  1. ​Civil motions are heard any day of the week at 1:30 p.m.
    Criminal motions are heard: As scheduled.
    It is not necessary to clear a motion date with the court clerk prior to filing the motion.
  2. Discovery motions. Counsel may not file a discovery motion without first obtaining permission from the Court. In order to obtain permission, counsel must follow the following procedure: 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 in person or by telephone and try to resolve the issue(s). If they are unable to, the moving party may call the courtroom deputy clerk, Ms. Isabel Martinez, at (213) 894-8958, and arrange for a conference call with Judge Walsh to discuss the dispute. The moving party’s counsel will also forward the email and any response to Ms. Martinez 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. Are tentative rulings issued? Sometimes, not always.
Judge's Procedures: 
  1. Procedures for filing an ex parte application: Must comply with local rules; include opposing side’s position and phone number in the application.
  2. To request a continuance of any scheduled court proceeding: Submit request (or, preferably, stipulation and proposed order) no less than 3 business days before hearing.
  3. Are counsel allowed to contact the judge's law clerk? Yes. But they should not discuss the merits of the case unless told to do so by the law clerk.
  4. Inquiries regarding the status of a motion, stipulation or proposed order: Contact the CRD.
  5. Calendar conflicts: (Procedures for attorneys to follow if they have a calendar conflict) Contact opposing counsel then CRD.
  6. Procedures for bringing electronic equipment into the courtroom: Contact the CRD.
  7. 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 ( 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.
  8. Questions regarding law clerk/extern positions: Submit letter, resume, and writing sample to chambers.
  9. Trial preparation:
    1. Court hours: Monday - Friday - 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
      Break - 10:30 - 10:45 a.m. & 3:15 - 3:30 p.m.
      Lunch - 12 - 1:30 p.m.
    2. Exhibit preparation: Original Exhibits + 3 copies (1 for you, 1 for judge, 1 for opposing counsel); 3 copies of exhibit list/witness list on the first day of trial; (Include copies of all exhibits (both sides) except for exhibits used for impeachment/cross examination.)
    3. Jury instructions Special instructions only, i.e., the ones that are particular to your case and/or your cause of action/defense. Standard instructions, i.e., "What is evidence," etc., are not required.
    4. Verdict forms - Please provide.
    5. The Court discourages sidebars.
  10. Procedures for obtaining the services of an interpreter on a civil case - Call Interpreter’s Office.
  11. Under Seal Procedures: Parties shall make every effort to limit the number and volume of under seal filings. In most circumstances, parties should seek to file under seal only the specific exhibits or documents for which there is a valid basis for filing under seal.
    Pursuant to Local Rule 79-5.2.2, except in sealed civil cases, “no document may be filed under seal without prior approval by the Court.” When seeking the Court’s approval for an under seal filing, the submitting party shall comply with the procedures established in Local Rule 79-5.2.2(a). Because documents filed under seal are only visible on CM/ECF or Pacer to Court personnel and the party that filed the document, 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. Therefore, documents filed electronically under seal must be served in accordance with Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 5. Additionally, at the time of filing, the documents filed electronically under seal must be accompanied either by a Proof of Service in the form required by Local Rule 5-3.1.2 or a declaration explaining why service is not required.
    Unless otherwise ordered by the Court, the submitting party shall deliver a Mandatory Chambers Copy of the Ex Parte Application, Proposed Order, Declaration in Support of Ex Parte Application, and the document(s) and/or exhibit(s) the party seeks to file under seal to the Court’s courtesy copy box (outside Room 1200 on the 12th floor - Roybal Clerk's Office) no later than 12:00 p.m. on the following business day. The submission of documents for in camera review is governed by Local Rule 79-6.
  12. Document Duty Pilot Project - In accordance with General Order 17-02, Criminal Duty Matters Electronic Filing Pilot Project, counsel are directed to email documents to: and then wait for an email or phone call before sending the agent to Chambers.


  1. Chambers copies must include the CM/ECF header showing that the instant documents for signature have been e-filed.
  2. Conformed copies will only be given upon request and will be made using a copy brought by the agent. No copies will be printed for conforming. 

Orders & Additional Documents