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.

Changes to CM/ECF Effective February 19, 2013

The Central District of California was upgraded to CM/ECF Version 5 on February 19, 2013.  One of the new features requires users to create more secure passwords.  After logging in with your current password, a pop-up message will instruct you to...

Presidents' Day Holiday

On Monday, February 18, 2013, the United States District Court, in Los Angeles, Santa Ana and Riverside, will be closed in recognition of Presidents’ Day.  Normal service will resume on Tuesday, February 19, 2013...

Senior District Judge A. Howard Matz to Retire on April 1, 2013

Senior District Judge A. Howard Matz has announced that he will retire from the bench of the United States District Court for the Central District of California effective April 1, 2013, after serving on the Court for nearly 15 years.  Judge Matz,...

Part-time Magistrate Judge Rita C. Federman Appointed to San Luis Obispo County Superior Court

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has appointed part-time United States Magistrate Judge Rita C. Federman to a judgeship on the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court.  For more details, please see the press release issued by Governor Brown's office.

Senate Confirms Magistrate Judge Fernando M. Olguin as U.S. District Judge for Central District of California

On December 17, 2012, by voice vote, the United States Senate confirmed President Barack Obama’s nomination of Magistrate Judge Fernando M. Olguin to serve as a federal district judge for the United States District Court for the Central District of...

Senate Confirms Jesus G. Bernal as U.S. District Judge for Central District of California

On December 11, 2012, the United States Senate confirmed President Barack Obama’s nomination of Jesus G. Bernal to serve as a federal district judge for the United States District Court for the Central District of California.  Bernal, who was...

Notice of Public Drawing of Names for the Selection of Jurors

Notice is hereby given that on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, at approximately 10:00 a.m., the Clerk’s Office will randomly draw - using electronic data processing procedures - a fair cross section of the citizens residing in the counties within the...

Local Rules Effective December 1, 2012

The Local Civil Rules, Local Rules for Admiralty and Maritime Claims and Asset Forfeiture Actions, Local Criminal Rules, and Local Rules Governing Bankruptcy Appeals, Cases, and Proceedings that will be effective December 1, 2012, have been posted...

Court Closure

On Thursday, December 6, 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...

December Holiday Notice

On Monday, December 24, 2012, the Clerk’s Office, in Los Angeles, Santa Ana and Riverside, will be open on a limited basis only.  Court staff will be available from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to accept filings for emergency matters only in the Intake...

Rescheduling of Hearing in USA v. Youssef from November 9 at 2:00 p.m. to November 7 at 1:30 p.m. - UPDATE

The hearing in USA v. Youssef, 09-cr-00617-CAS, that was previously scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on November 9, 2012, has been rescheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7, 2012.  A limited number of seats will be available in Courtroom 890 of the...

Public Notice of Intent to Consider the Reappointment of Magistrate Judges

Public Notice of Intent to Consider the Reappointment of the Following United States Magistrate Judges:        Ralph Zarefsky (July 29, 2013) Margaret A. Nagle (July 24, 2013)

Court Commemorates the Assumption of Chief Judgeship by New Chief Judge George H. King

On September 28, 2012, a ceremony was held at the Spring Street Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles to commemorate the passing of the gavel and the title and duties of Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of...

Relocation of Civil Intake Department in Western Division Spring Street Courthouse

Effective September 28, 2012, the Civil Intake Department in the Western Division Spring Street Courthouse will be relocated to Room G-8.  Room G-8 is located on the south side of the Main Street entrance near the down escalator bank.  Public hours...

U.S. Magistrate Judge Vacancy Announcement and Application

The United States Judicial Conference has authorized the appointment of one or more full-time United States Magistrate Judges for the Central District of California. This posting has now closed.

Increase in Certain Fees Listed on Electronic Public Access Fee Schedule

The Judicial Conference of the United States has approved increases to certain fees listed on the Electronic Public Access Fee Schedule (form G-72, page 4).  Effective October 1, 2012, the Electronic Public Access Fee Schedule is amended as follows...

Online Submission of Applications for Admission to the Bar of the Central District of California

Effective September 17, 2012, applications for attorney admissions in the Central District of California will be accepted electronically.  The process begins by completing Form G-60, Application for Admission to the Bar of the Central District of...

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...

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