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Honorable Suzanne H. Segal

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Magistrate Judge

​Roybal Federal Building and United States Courthouse, 255 E. Temple St., Los Angeles CA, 90012, Courtroom 590, 5th floor​

Law and Motion Schedule: 
  1. ​Civil motions are heard on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.
    It is not necessary to clear a motion date with the court clerk prior to filing the motion.
    If Tuesday is a holiday, next motion date is the following Tuesday.
  2. INFORMAL DISCOVERY CONFERENCE: Judge Segal STRONGLY recommends that the parties pursue an Informal Discovery Conference with the judge prior to filing any discovery motion. All counsel should be copied on communications with the courtroom deputy, unless good cause exists to make a request without notice. Judge Segal strongly encourages any party requesting an informal discovery conference to communicate with opposing counsel prior to making such a request. Parties may contact Judge Segal's courtroom deputy, either by phone or email, and request such a conference. The conference is often held telephonically, although it may be held in person. At the Informal Discovery Conference, the parties shall present the dispute to Judge Segal. No briefing is necessary. A conference will be held regarding the dispute and the Court will attempt to assist the parties in an efficient resolution of the discovery issue. Whether a party attempted a good faith resolution of a discovery dispute, including the use of an Informal Discovery Conference, is one factor that Judge Segal may consider in any future request for discovery-related sanctions.
  3. Discovery motions are to be calendared before the magistrate judge after checking if the assigned district judge has a blanket referral policy. Strict compliance with Local Rules 37-1 and 37-2 is required. 
Judge's Procedures: 
  1. Tentative rulings may be issued in certain proceedings. Check with the Courtroom Deputy in advance of the hearing.
  2. Procedures for filing an ex parte application:
    Strict compliance with Local Rule 7-19 is required. A FILED stamped mandatory chambers copy should be hand delivered and placed in the drop box outside of Room 1200, 12th Floor - Roybal Clerk's Office. Any opposition should be served and filed within 24 hours of applicant’s oral notice. Court will notify parties if a telephonic hearing is desired.
  3. To request a continuance of any scheduled court proceeding: Submit stipulation no less than 3 business days before hearing.
  4. Counsel are not allowed to contact the judge’s law clerk.
  5. Inquiries regarding the status of a motion, stipulation or proposed order:
    Counsel should check the docket sheet before inquiring of the court clerk. 
  6. Calendar conflicts: (Procedures for attorneys to follow if they have a calendar conflict) - Contact opposing counsel then CRD.
  7. Procedures for bringing electronic equipment into the courtroom: Contact the CRD.
  8. 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.
  9. Questions regarding law clerk/extern positions: Submit letter, resume and writing samples to chambers.
  10. Stipulated Protective Orders: Parties frequently file stipulated protective orders that do not satisfy Rule 26 and the Ninth Circuit's standards for protective orders. All proposed protective orders must describe the documents to be protected with particularity. See Rivera v. Nibco, Inc., 364 F.3d 1057, 1063 n. 3 (9th Cir. 2004). Therefore, the documents, information, items or materials that are subject to the protective order shall be described in a meaningful fashion (for example, “personnel records,” or “market surveys,” etc.). It is not sufficient to use only conclusory terms such as "confidential or proprietary information." Also, the Court cannot agree to "seal all confidential documents." If confidential material is included in any papers to be filed in Court, such papers shall be accompanied by an application, pursuant to Local Rule 79-5.1, to file the papers – or the confidential portion thereof – under seal. The application shall be directed to the judge to whom the papers are directed. Pending the ruling on the application, the papers or portions thereof subject to the sealing application shall be lodged under seal. In the event of a dispute regarding the designation of confidential information, the procedure for obtaining a decision from the Court is that set forth in Local Rule 37. All proposed protective orders must include a statement establishing the requisite good cause. Foltz v. State Farm Mut. Auto Ins. Co., 331 F.3d 1122, 1130 (9th Cir. 2003) (court’s protective order analysis requires examination of good cause) (citing Phillips v. Gen. Motors Corp., 307 F.3d 1206, 1210-11, 1212 (9th Cir. 2002); San Jose Mercury News, Inc. v. United States Dist. Court, 187 F.3d 1096, 1102 (9th Cir. 1999); Beckman Indus., Inc. v. Int’l Ins. Co., 966 F.2d 470, 476 (9th Cir.1992).
    The Court may only enter a protective order upon a showing of good cause. Kamakana v. City and County of Honolulu, 447 F.3d 1172, 1176 (9th Cir. 2006) (parties must make a “particularized showing” under Rule 26(c)’s good cause showing for court to enter protective order); Phillips, 307 F.3d at 1210-11 (Rule 26(c) requires a showing of good cause for a protective order); Makar-Wellbon v. Sony Electrics, Inc., 187 F.R.D. 576, 577 (E.D. Wis. 1999) (even stipulated protective orders require good cause showing). The Court recommends that a separate paragraph be included in each protective order and that paragraph should be labeled "GOOD CAUSE STATEMENT." The parties should then set forth the reasons establishing good cause. Finally, in all proposed protective orders and other filings pertaining to discovery, the parties shall include the following in the caption: “[Discovery Document: Referred to Magistrate Judge Suzanne H. Segal].”
  11. Trial preparation:
    1. Court hours: Monday through Friday - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    2. All Other Procedures - See Court's Standing Order (attached below) or contact Courtroom Deputy
    3. Jury instructions and Verdict Forms - See Court's Order (attached below) 
  12. Procedures for obtaining the services of an interpreter on a civil case - contact the Interpreter’s Office.
  13. Settlement Conferences: Parties should call or email Courtroom Deputy to find available dates. Judge Segal generally holds settlement conferences on Mondays, Tuesdays or Fridays at 1:30 or 2:00 p.m., but the Court will work with parties to find acceptable dates and times. Settlement statements should be delivered to the Chambers email address at
  14. Refer to the instructions specific to e-filing in Social Security Cases in the Case Management Order for Social Security cases.
  15. UNDER SEAL DOCUMENTS (CRIMINAL): Effective July 8, 2013, all proposed sealed documents must be submitted via e-mail to the Chambers e-mail at For instructions, please see the order below.
  16. UNDER SEAL AND IN CAMERA DOCUMENTS (CIVIL): Effective December 1, 2015, all counsel are referred to the procedures in Local Rule 79-5 and 79-6.
  17. Criminal E-Filing Pilot Project Requirements: In addition to General Order 17-02 and the Local Rules of the Central District of California, the following practices must be followed: 1) 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. 2) Chambers copies must be clipped and not stapled. 3) 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.