Honorable Terry J. Hatter Jr.

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District Judge

​First Street Courthouse

350 W. 1st Street, Courtroom #9B, 9th Floor

Los Angeles, California 90012

Law and Motion Schedule: 

  • Civil motions are noticed for Mondays, excluding holidays. If Monday is a holiday, skip to the following Monday. Indicate the date and for the time it should read UNDER SUBMISSION, no appearance necessary, unless the court notifies parties. Judge Hatter takes all motions under submission as of the calendared date of the motion, (see Local Rule 83-9.2).
    Criminal motions are noticed for hearing on Mondays at 10:00 a.m., unless there has been a previously ordered date and time for hearing pre-trial motions.
    It is NOT NECESSARY to clear a motion date with the court clerk prior to filing the motion.
  • CM/ECF questions please call the Help Desk at 213-894-0242.
  • Discovery motions are to be calendared before the magistrate judge. Counsel should contact the magistrate judge’s court clerk regarding these motions.
  • Tentative rulings are not issued.
  • Mandatory chambers copies of ALL electronic filed documents shall be delivered to the Courtroom Deputy in the CLERK’S OFFICE, Civil Intake Section by 12 noon the next business day and should be stamped "COURT COPY". If they will be late in delivering alert the Courtroom Deputy by email or calling 213-894-5276.
  • EXPARTE APPLICATIONS:
    Ex parte applications are for extraordinary relief only. Applications must be in accordance with Local Rule 7-19 and any applicable General Order except as to the date and time for a hearing. Ex parte applications for TROs or Under Seal filings shall be filed in the Clerk’s Office filing window. Judge Hatter will determine whether a hearing is necessary after he reviews the application. Counsel will be notified if a hearing is required. Mandatory chambers copies must be delivered to the Courtroom Deputy in the CLERK’S OFFICE, Civil Intake Section (Room G-8), by 12:00 p.m. the next business day and should be stamped ‘COURT COPY’. Sanctions may be imposed for misuse of ex parte applications.
    When opposing counsel has been notified of an ex parte application and intends to submit a written objection, the court clerk is to be immediately notified.
  • To request a continuance of any scheduled court proceeding, submit a stipulation or ex parte application and proposed order stating the reason for this continuance. ALSO alert the Courtroom Deputy Clerk that a stipulation is coming if you have not yet heard from the court no later than 2 days before the scheduled hearing date.
  • Counsel are not to contact the judge’s law clerks.
  • Stipulations:
    When seeking approval of a stipulation, counsel are reminded to email the proposed order in WordPerfect or Microsoft Word to tjh_chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov. Once a stipulation has been approved and filed, the information may be obtained by checking the docket on PACER. Telephonic inquiries regarding the status of a stipulation, as well as a motion, may not be returned.
  • Calendar conflicts: Telephone the Courtroom Deputuy Clerk or an email is fine.
  • PROCEDURES for bringing electronic equipment into the courtroom:rocedures for bringing electronic equipment into the courtroom:
    None is allowed without prior approval of the Judge’s Court Clerk.
    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.
    If approved by the Clerk, counsel may contact the Space & Facilities Help Desk at (213) 894-1400 to make arraignments with the U. S. Marshal’s Office on how and when to bring the equipment into the building via the public entrances or loading dock if vehicle access is needed. Arrangements for bringing voluminous exhibits into the courtroom can also be made through the S&F Help Desk. (Please note that prior to calling Space & Facilities to set up an appointment, counsel shall contact the Court Clerk to arrange for a date and time for the delivery into the courtroom of the equipment or the voluminous exhibits.)
  • 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.
  • Questions regarding externships are to be made to the judge’s law clerk at 213-894-0565.

Trial preparation:

Trial Hours:Tuesday through Friday (except holidays)
Beginning at 9:00 a.m. (except the first day, begins at 10:00 a.m.)
Adjournment between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Breaks: mid-morning and mid afternoon break.

Exhibits, Exhibit List, Witness List:

On the first day of trial, please provide to the court clerk the following items:

  • Three copies of the witness list.
  • Three copies of the exhibit list
  • 3 sets of all exhibits, 1-Court copy in a binder, 1-copy for witness in a binder, and all ORIGINAL exhibits in binder, or if in a box must include individual folders for each exhibit. 
  • Each original exhibit shall have an exhibit tag stapled to the lower right corner of the exhibit, as not to obstruct the exhibit. Exhibit tags shall be properly filled out with the case number, case title and exhibit number.
  • Jury instructions are to be submitted on a PC Format disk, with a hard copy, and emailed in word to Court Clerk.
  • Verdict Form shall be provided to the Court Clerk on the first day of trial.

Depositions:

Depositions are to be brought to court on the first day of trial. Do NOT lodge them prior to trial. Bring an original and one copy of each deposition intended to be used at trial. If a deposition will be used in lieu of live testimony for trial, indicate the designated portions by listing them as a separate document.

Jury Instructions:

Refer to Judge Hatter's Order re Civil Jury Instructions. The order will be mailed to all counsel of record shortly after the trial date is set. Judge Hatter prefers instructions from Kevin F. O'Malley, et al, Federal Jury Practice and Instruction, due no later than 1 week prior to the trial. The disk is due Friday before the trial.

  • If an interpreter is required on a civil case, counsel is responsible for making the arrangements. Interpreters Office 213-894-4599.
  • If counsel has received a "Notice to Parties of Court-Directed ADR Program" (form ADR-08), the Court will presumptively refer the case to the Court Mediation Panel or to private mediation at the time of the initial scheduling conference. See General Order 11-10, § 5.1. Counsel are directed to furnish and discuss this Notice with their clients in preparation for the parties' Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(f) conference. Counsel should include their shared or separate views regarding a preference for the Court Mediation Panel or private mediation, and when the mediation should occur, in the written report required by Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(f) and Civil L.R. 26-1. A settlement conference with a magistrate judge is generally not available for cases in the Court-Directed ADR Program. See Civil L.R. 26-1(c). For information about the Court’s ADR Program, please see General Order 11-10 which is located in the "General Orders" section on the home page and in the "ADR" page of the Court’s website.