News Announcements

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.

Passing of Senior District Judge Robert J. Kelleher

Chief Judge Audrey B. Collins announced the passing of Senior District Judge Robert J. Kelleher, who died Wednesday morning, June 20, 2012. Judge Kelleher, who was 99 at the time of his death, was the oldest-serving federal judge in the nation. 

Passing of Former Magistrate Judge John C. Rayburn, Jr.

The United States District Court, Central District of California, mourns the loss of former magistrate judge John C. Rayburn, Jr., who passed away on Monday, May 14, 2012, at the age of 52.  He was appointed as a United States magistrate judge for...

Public Notice of Fee Increase for Exemplification

Notice is hereby given that effective June 1, 2012, the fee for exemplification of any document  will increase from $18 to $21. Terry Nafisi Clerk of Court

Changes to the Local Rules

The Court has adopted the amended Local Civil Rules, amended Rules for Admiralty and Maritime Claims and Asset Forfeiture Actions, and amended Local Criminal Rules that are attached to this notice. These amended rules are effective June 1, 2012....

Pandemic Flu Threat

The District Court is doing its part to limit the spread of the flu virus. Terry Nafisi District Court Executive

Fee Increases

Effective November 1, 2011, the following District Court fees will be increased as follows:

Passing of Honorable Florence M. Cooper, U.S. District Court, Central District of California

The United States District Court for the Central District of California regrets to announce the passing of Judge Florence-Marie Cooper, who died this morning at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California. Judge Cooper, who spent her entire...

Passing of John R. "Jack" Kronenberg, Former U.S. Magistrate Judge for Central District of California

The United States District Court, Central District of California, mourns the loss of former magistrate judge John R. “Jack” Kronenberg, who passed away on Friday, March 11, 2011, at the age of 87. He was appointed as a United States magistrate judge...

U.S. District Court, Central District of California, to remain open in event of shutdown

During any possible closure of Executive Branch offices of the Federal Government during the week of April 11, 2011, the United States District Court for the Central District of California will remain open. Litigants are advised to consult Court...

Traveling "Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America" exhibit comes to Downtown Los Angeles Federal Courthouse

A traveling exhibit titled “Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America” will be on display from December 8, 2011 to February 14, 2012 in the foyer of the Edward R. Roybal Federal Building and Courthouse located at 255 East Temple Street in downtown Los...

Sheri Pym Appointed Magistrate Judge

The United States District Court for the Central District of California announces the appointment of Sheri Pym as a United States Magistrate Judge. Judge Pym was sworn in on April 15, 2011, filling the position vacated by Magistrate Judge Rosalyn M...

Renewal of Magistrate Judge Civil Consent Pilot Project

The United States District Court for the Central District of California has renewed the Magistrate Judge Civil Consent Pilot Project for an additional two years, with modifications to the deadlines by which the parties may voluntarily consent to the...

Michael W. Fitzgerald Confirmed by Senate as District Judge

On March 15, 2012, the United States Senate confirmed President Barack Obama’s nomination of Michael W. Fitzgerald to serve as a federal district judge for the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Fitzgerald, who was...

Michael R. Wilner Appointed Magistrate Judge

The United States District Court for the Central District of California announces the appointment of Michael R. Wilner as a United States Magistrate Judge. Judge Wilner was appointed on April 1, 2011, filling the position vacated by Magistrate Judge...

John A. Kronstadt Sworn In as District Judge

On April 25, 2011, former Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge John A. Kronstadt was sworn in as a federal district judge for the United States District Court, Central District of California. Judge Kronstadt was nominated by President Barack...

Jean Rosenbluth Selected as United States Magistrate Judge for Central District of California

The United States District Court for the Central District of California announces the selection of Jean Rosenbluth as a United States Magistrate Judge. She will sit in Santa Ana in the Court’s Southern Division beginning September 26, 2011, after...

Cell Phones in the Courthouse

In accordance with Local Rule 83-6, cell phones that have video or sound recording or photographic capabilities are prohibited in all court spaces within the federal courthouses located in the California Central District. Sherri R. Carter District...

Per Diem Rate Increase for Contract Court Reporters

  Per Diem - Full Day Rate Per Diem - Half Day Rate Non real time $300 $150 Real time $325 $162 Real time certified $355 $177

Acceptance of Credit Cards

Effective July 3, 2006, the Clerk’s Offices in Los Angeles, Santa Ana and Riverside, will begin to accept credit cards (Mastercard/Visa, Discover, American Express) for filing fees and miscellaneous fees. Credit card payments may be made at all...

Educational and Ethical Reminder Re: Ex Parte Communications

In a Discipline Order filed on June 20, 2006, a three judge panel of the Court imposed disciplinary sanctions on a member of the Bar. As part of the sanctions, the panel ordered that the Clerk of Court disseminate to the Bar and general public the...

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