Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance

Honorable Paul L. Abrams

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Chief Magistrate Judge

​Roybal Federal Building and United States Courthouse, 255 E. Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA,  90012, Courtroom 780, 7th Floor​

Law and Motion Schedule: 
  1. ​Civil motions are heard on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. It is not necessary to clear a civil motion date with the court clerk prior to filing the motion. Criminal motions are scheduled as required.
  2. Discovery motions are to be scheduled before the magistrate judge, if referred by the district court judge. Strict compliance with Local Rule 37 is required.
Judge's Procedures: 




  1. Tentative rulings are usually not issued.
  2. If the parties in a civil action wish to have a protective order entered regarding discovery, the Court encourages the parties to adopt and use the preferred form order (available below).
  3. Procedures for filing an ex parte application: Strict compliance with Local Rule 7-19 is required. A FILE STAMPED, mandatory chambers copy of the application and any opposition must be delivered directly to Judge Abrams' courtesy box located on the 12th Floor, directly outside of Suite 1200, of the Roybal Federal Building. Any opposition must be served and filed within 24 hours of the electronic filing of the application. In light of this requirement, it is recommended that when signing up for and/or using the Court's case management system (CM/ECF), counsel of record select, the "Per Filing" notification option of case activity, which provides counsel with immediate notification of any filing in the case, rather than the "Summary" notification option, which does not provide notification of a day's activity until shortly after midnight.  Contact the CM/ECF help desk at 213-894-0242 with any questions.  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.
  4. To request a continuance of any scheduled court proceeding, parties should submit a signed stipulation and proposed order. If it is necessary to file an ex parte application to request a continuance, the application must, in addition to complying with Local Rule 7-11 and paragraph 5 above, set forth the opposing counsel’s position.
  5. Counsel are not allowed to contact the Judge's law clerks.
  6. Inquiries regarding the status of a motion, stipulation or proposed order should be made to the court’s clerk. Also, please refer to Local Rule 11-4.5.
  7. Calendar conflicts: Advise the court clerk in advance about a calendar conflict and attempt to stipulate to an alternative date and time with opposing counsel after clearing the alternative date and time with the court’s clerk.
  8. Counsel should contact the court’s clerk regarding procedures for bringing electronic equipment into the courtroom.
  9. Arrangements for bringing voluminous exhibits into the courtroom may be made through the Space and Facilities Help Desk, at (213) 894-1400.
  10. For information regarding ELMO reservations and/or training, please visit the court website ( section referring to Courtroom Technology. Alternatively, you may contact the Courtroom Technology Help Desk at 213-894-3061.
  11. 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.
  12. Questions regarding law clerk/extern positions: Communicate via letter to the Judge.
  13. Trial preparation: Counsel should comply with Local Rule 16 et seq.
  14. Procedures for obtaining the services of an interpreter on a civil case: If the government is the moving party, contact the court clerk. All others may contact the Interpreter's Section at 213-894-4599.
  15. Other Information:
    All Settlement conference papers should be delivered directly to Judge Abrams' courtesy box located on the 12th Floor, directly outside of Suite 1200, of the Roybal Federal Building.
  16. Judge Abrams' chambers' general email address is:

CRIMINAL E-FILING PILOT PROJECT REQUIREMENTS - In addition to General Order 19-01 and the Local Rules of the Central District of California, the following practices must be followed:

Document Duty E-Filing Requirements During the CoronaVirus Crisis:  During the coronavirus OUTBREAK, per the Court's e-filing pilot project, the government SHALL e-mail items to Judge Abrams’ criminal duty e-mailbox AT  All warrants / criminal complaints will be attested by telephone pursuant to Rule 4.1 of the federal rules of criminal procedure.  please be sure the correct judge’s name and the correct date are on the documents.  Please e-mail Judge Abrams’ criminal duty e-mail with any questions.
  1. In accordance with General Order 19-01, after receiving notification from the Clerk's Office Intake unit that access has been granted to the sealed docket, the filer must immediately send an email to chambers criminal duty email box, notifying the Judge that the Application/Affidavit has been e-filed and is ready for review.  The filer does NOT have to include copies of the e-filed documents with the email.  The notification email must be sent to the following email address:   (link sends email).  
  2. Filers are encouraged to e-file documents sufficiently in advance of the 4:00 p.m. deadline to ensure that Criminal Intake has time to perform its review and grant the filer access to the sealed docket prior to that time.  Please note that if the filer's email to chambers is received after 4:00 p.m., and the agent is not prepared to promptly proceed to chambers with the required documents described herein, the Application/Affidavit may not be processed until the following day.   
  3. The agent is NOT to proceed to chambers unless the AUSA/agent has been informed by chamber's staff that the documents have been reviewed.
  4. Do NOT send an "Original" copy of the documents.  If you want the agent to be provided with a conformed copy of the documents, he/she must bring ONE (1) copy, which includes the CM/ECF Header.  This means that you must print the documents directly from CM/ECF after they have been uploaded to that system.  Note that you may not be able to access the documents with the header until after criminal intake has performed its initial quality control.  Please stamp the agent's copy of the documents as "COPY." 
  5. Please use binder clips (or paper clips) to fasten the documents - DO NOT use staples, ACCO fasteners, etc.  Please do not blueback the documents. 
  6. A conformed copy will be made using the copy brought to chambers by the agent.  NO COPIES WILL BE PRINTED FOR CONFORMING.
  7. Please be sure the correct Judge's name and the correct date are on the documents.