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Check this page, or the News and Announcements box on the homepage, for the latest official news and announcements released by the court. You can also access archived news and announcements from this page.

Proposed Amendments for Public Comment

The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, and Criminal Rules have proposed amendments to the following rules and have asked that they be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment. Appellate Rule: 25

Request for Quotation

RFQ Number: USDC_SantaAna_Chambers_9097_10160_PatchandPaint_8/11/2020_OA Request Date: 08/11/2020 Due Date:

Labor Day Holiday

On Monday, September 7, 2020, the United States District Court, in Los Angeles, Santa Ana and Riverside, will be closed in recognition of Labor Day. Limited service will resume on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 pursuant to the Court’s General Order 20-...

COVID-19 Notice

The United States District Court for the Central District of California announces the following regarding the Court’s operations in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in the District. Access to the...

Seeking Applications: Non-Attorney Merit Selection Panel Members

The United States District Court, Central District of California, is currently accepting applications from non-attorney individuals interested in serving on the Central District’s Merit Selection Panel.

Request for Quotation

RFQ Number: SF-2020-CG-ER-15-CSS Request Date: 07/28/2020 Due Date: 08/04/2020, 5:00 P.M. local time

Request for Quotation

RFQ Number: USDC_Riverside_Chambers_290_PatchandPaint_7/22/2020_OA Request Date: July 22, 2020 Due Date:

Enhanced Entry Screening Services in Court Facilities

In accordance with the safety and mitigation measures in the Court’s Plan for Phased Resumption of Operations, the Court will begin enhanced entry screening services on Monday, July 20, 2020 in each courthouse. All individuals including judicial...

Annual Renewal Fee and Pro Hac Vice Fee Increase

On May 28, 2020, the United States District Court for the Central District of California issued General Order No. 20-07, which instituted an annual renewal fee of $25 for every attorney who has been a member of the Bar of the Central District of...

Criminal Bench Duty in the Southern Division

Effective July 13, 2020, criminal bench duty for the Southern Division will take place in the Ronald Reagan Courthouse in Santa Ana, by video or telephonic conference with the defendant’s consent and in-court absent consent. Pursuant to General...

Judge Philip S. Gutierrez Succeeds Judge Cormac J. Carney as Chief Judge of the Central District of California

Effective June 26, 2020, the Honorable Cormac J. Carney has ended his tenure as Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Judge Carney resumes service as an active District Judge in the Court’s Southern...

Independence Day Holiday

On Friday, July 3, 2020, the United States District Court, in Los Angeles, Santa Ana and Riverside, will be closed in recognition of Independence Day. Limited service will resume on Monday, July 6, 2020 pursuant to the Court’s Plan for Phased...

Use of Face Coverings in Court Facilities

Pursuant to Order of the Chief Judge No. 20-078, the United States District Court for the Central District of California announces the use of face coverings in the United States Courthouses and Probation and Pretrial Services Offices in the District...

Judge Cormac J. Carney Succeeds Judge Virginia A. Phillips as Chief Judge of the Central District of California

Effective June 1, 2020, the Honorable Virginia A. Phillips, having served as Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California since July 1, 2016, has ended her tenure as   Chief Judge.  Judge Phillips resumes...

Phased Resumption of Operations

By approving Amended General Order 20-08, the Central District of California has adopted a plan for the phased resumption of Court operations.

Patricia A. Donahue Appointed as United States Magistrate Judge for the Central District of California

The United States District Court for the Central District of California announces the appointment of Patricia A. Donahue as a United States Magistrate Judge. Judge Donahue, who was sworn-in on May 4, 2020, will sit in Los Angeles, the Court’s...

Memorial Day Holiday

On Monday, May 25, 2020, the United States District Court, in Los Angeles, Santa Ana and Riverside, will be closed in recognition of Memorial Day. Limited service will resume on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 pursuant to the Court’s Continuity of Operations...

New and Amended Local Rules Effective June 1, 2020

The new and amended local rules listed below will become effective June 1, 2020. A redlined version of these rules, as well as complete copies of the Local Civil Rules and the Local Criminal Rules that will be effective June 1, 2020, are available...

Further Measures Taken in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

The United States District Court for the Central District of California announces the following further measures taken in response to the threat posed by COVID-19, also known as the “Coronavirus.”

COVID-19 Notice

The United States District Court for the Central District of California has activated its Continuity of Operations Plan (“COOP”), effective March 23, 2020 through and including May 1, 2020 necessary to ensure the continuous performance of essential...

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