Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance

Honorable Stanley Blumenfeld Jr.

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District Judge
U.S. Courthouse, 350 West 1st Street, Los Angeles, California 90012 
Courtroom 6C​

All proceedings will be held in person in Courtroom 6C.  Remote appearances are not permitted absent good cause. 

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Recording, copying, photographing and rebroadcasting of court proceedings is prohibited by federal law. A violation of this prohibition may result in sanctions, including suspension of your license to practice before this court, referral to the state bar, denial of the right to appear by video or telephonically at future proceedings, criminal prosecution, contempt, denial of admission to future hearings, and any other sanctions deemed necessary by the Court.

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Law and Motion Schedule: 

Civil motions are heard on Fridays at 8:30 a.m. If Friday is a court holiday, please pick a different Friday.
Criminal motions are heard on Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. If Tuesday is a court holiday, please pick a different Tuesday.

Selecting a Date.  Check the website (right column) to see if a motion date is closed.  Do not contact the Court.

Tentative Rulings. Tentatives are typically issued and made available (i) the day before the hearing after 2:00 p.m. (on this website), or (ii) 30 minutes before the hearing (in the courtroom).

Settlement.  Counsel must notify the Court at least 2 weeks before the scheduled hearing if the parties are conducting settlement discussions that may render the motion moot and must notify the Court immediately if a settlement is reached.  A belated settlement notice wastes scarce judicial resources, risks the release of a ruling, and may subject the offending parties to sanctions. 

    Judge's Procedures: 

    Counsel must review and comply with the Court’s relevant Civil or Criminal Standing Order as well as the other applicable standard case orders and required templates -- which provide additional information and requirements and are found in the next section below (Orders & Additional Documents).

    • Communications with Chambers: Counsel shall not contact the Court or its Chambers staff by telephone or by any other ex parte means (unless contact has been first initiated by Chambers staff). Counsel may contact the courtroom deputy clerk (CRD) with appropriate inquiries. The preferred method of communication with the CRD is email. Counsel must copy all parties on any email to the Court or its staff. To facilitate communication with the CRD, counsel should list their email addresses along with their telephone numbers on all papers.
    • Discovery: All discovery matters are referred to the assigned magistrate judge. All discovery documents must include the words “DISCOVERY MATTER” in the caption to ensure proper routing. Counsel should not deliver Chambers Copies of these documents to Judge Blumenfeld.
    • Ex Parte Applications: A party seeking ex parte relief, including a temporary restraining order, must comply with Local Rule 7-19. The applicant must notify the other party (or parties) that opposing papers are to be filed no later than 48 hours following service or by 3:00 p.m. on the first court day after service, whichever is later. The opposing party should advise the CRD as soon as possible whether it intends to oppose the ex parte application. The Court generally considers ex parte applications on the papers. The application will not be considered until a Chambers Copy has been provided. The parties should not assume that an unopposed ex parte application will be granted; and a last-minute application (or stipulation) that is denied will not serve to relieve a party of an underlying obligation (e.g., a soon-to-expire deadline). Sanctions may be imposed for misuse of ex parte applications. 
    • Interpreters: Counsel in civil cases must obtain the services of an interpreter, if one is needed.

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