Honorable Paul L. Abrams

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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 Tuesdays 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.
Judges' 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 FILED stamped, mandatory chambers copy of the application and any opposition must be delivered directly to the judge's chambers. Any opposition must be served and filed within 24 hours of the electronic filing of the application. Court will notify parties if a telephonic 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 (www.cacd.uscourts.gov) 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 (www.cacd.uscourts.gov) 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 the Judge's chambers, 7th Floor, Roybal Federal Building.