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.

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...

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

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...

Discontinuation of Mandatory E-Filing Training for Attorneys

Effective August 1, 2011, the United States District Court, Central District of California, is discontinuing mandatory e-filing training for attorneys as a precondition for a Case Management/Electronic Filing (CM/ECF) login and password.

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...

Availability of Transcripts

Public Notice At its September 2007 session, the Judicial Conference approved a new policy regarding the availability of transcripts of court proceedings. Effective May 27, 2008, all ordered transcripts will be electronically filed by the court...

Media Document Delivery System

Effective August 1, 2005, registered Media Document Delivery System (MEDDS) applicants may sign up to receive criminal orders and judgments on a case-by-case basis by e-mail. Documents sealed or otherwise restricted by court order will not be...

E-Filing of Social Security Cases

Pursuant to General Order 05-01, the Court has authorized the E-Filing of Social Security Cases effective June 6, 2005. Attorneys who have been trained are authorized to begin electronically filing in new and pending Social Security cases. Sherri R...

Electronic Access to Criminal Documents

Effective August 1, 2005, the Office of the Clerk will post criminal documents on the court’s Internet website. Any subscriber to WebPACER will be able to read, download, store and print the full content of these electronic documents. The clerk’s...

E-Government Act

The Court has adopted, subject to public comment, the attached new Local Civil Rule 79-5.4. The new local rule is in compliance with the policy of the Judicial Conference of the United States and the E-Government Act of 2002 (as Amended). Members of...

Magistrate Judge Suzanne H. Segal Appointed Chief Magistrate Judge

The United States District Court for the Central District of California announces the appointment of Magistrate Judge Suzanne H. Segal as Chief Magistrate Judge, which became effective January 1, 2012. She succeeds Magistrate Judge Stephen J....

Patent Pilot Program

The United States District Court, Central District of California, has been selected as one of fourteen federal district courts to participate in a ten-year pilot program designed to enhance expertise in patent cases among United States district...

Important Alert Regarding Bogus Email Scam

Please be advised that a bogus email is being distributed alerting the recipient that they have been subpoenaed before the Grand Jury in the United States District Court in San Diego. We have already received numerous phone calls to the Clerk's...

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