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.

District Judge George H. King Becomes Chief Judge for United States District Court, Central District of California

District Judge George H. King will assume the office of Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California at the close of business on Friday, September 14, 2012.  He will succeed the Honorable Audrey B. Collins,...

Flags Flown at Half-Staff in Honor of Victims of Attack in Benghazi

In response to President Barack Obama’s presidential proclamation, the flag of the United States at all courthouses of the United States District Court for the Central District of California shall be flown at half-staff until sunset, September 16,...

Two-hour Closure of Intake, Records & Fiscal Sections on September 14, 2012

On Friday, September 14, 2012, the Intake, Records and Fiscal Sections of the Central District of California will be closed from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  For emergency filing matters only during this closure, please contact Intake Section staff as...

Reappointment of Part-Time United States Magistrate Judge Rita Coyne Federman

As stated in General Order No. 12-06, Rita Coyne Federman has been reappointed as a part-time Magistrate Judge for the Central District of California for a term of four years beginning on December 26, 2012, when her current term is scheduled to...

Changes to the Local Rules Proposed to Become Effective December 1, 2012

The Court has preliminarily approved the amended Local Civil Rules, amended Local Rules for Admiralty and Maritime Claims and Asset Forfeiture Actions, and amended Local Rules Governing Bankruptcy Appeals, Cases, and Proceedings that are attached to...

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...

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