Honorable Alka Sagar

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Magistrate Judge

Roybal Federal Building and United States Courthouse, 255 E. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA, 90012, Courtroom 540, 5th Floor​

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Recording, copying, photographing and rebroadcasting of court proceedings is prohibited by federal law. A violation of this prohibition may result in sanctions, including suspension of your license to practice before this court, referral to the state bar, denial of the right to appear by video or telephonically at future proceedings, criminal prosecution, contempt, denial of admission to future hearings, and any other sanctions deemed necessary by the Court.

Law and Motion Schedule: 
  1. Civil Motions: Unless otherwise directed by the Court, civil motions shall be heard on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. It is not necessary to clear a civil motion hearing date with the Court prior to filing a motion; however, counsel shall check the Closed Motion Dates before filing a motion. The Court may continue a motion sua sponte or take a motion under submission without oral argument. See Local Civil Rule 7-15. The parties are reminded of their obligation under Local Civil Rule 7-3, if applicable, to meet and confer about the subject of a motion at least 7 days before filing. If any party is in federal or state custody and is proceeding pro se, the pro se moving party shall file the motion without requesting a hearing date, and the Court will determine whether a hearing is necessary.
  2. Discovery Motions: Counsel are advised to review the procedures and standing orders of the assigned District Judge before filing any discovery motion. Strict compliance with Local Rule 37 is required. The Court may take any motion under submission without oral argument. See Local Rule 7-15. Counsel should be mindful that the Magistrate Judge may not alter discovery cut-off deadlines set by the assigned District Judge. The Court encourages the parties to avail themselves of the Court's Informal Discovery Dispute Resolution process set forth below.
  3. Criminal Motions: The parties must contact the Courtroom Deputy Clerk to schedule all motions in criminal cases.
Judge's Procedures: 
  1. Consent Calendar: Civil parties may consent to Judge Sagar for all proceedings, including trial and entry of judgment, under the Voluntary Consent Program or the Direct Assignment Program. For optimal case management, parties should contact the Court's Courtroom Deputy Clerk as soon as practicable to secure the earliest mutually-agreeable dates on the Court's consent calendar. There are no adverse substantive consequences for declining to consent.
  2. Informal Discovery Dispute Resolution: With the agreement of the parties, the Court may in its discretion conduct informal telephonic conferences to resolve discovery disputes outside the formal Local Rule 37 procedures. Before any such telephonic conference, however, the parties must engage in at least two attempts to resolve the dispute without Court involvement consistent with the pre-filing conference of counsel required by Local Rule 37-1. If after two meet-and-confer attempts, the parties reach an impasse and agree to an informal telephonic conference with the Court, the moving party should email  (with a cc to the opposing party) the completed form entitled "Request for Informal Discovery Conference" (available for download below), to the Courtroom Deputy Clerk at AS_Chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov and provide the Clerk with the following information: (a) at least three proposed dates and times, agreeable to the parties, for the telephonic conference; (b) a brief, neutral statement of the discovery dispute and the specific relief requested; (c) a brief summary of the parties' respective positions; and (d) the two dates of the parties' meet-and-confer efforts to resolve the dispute without Court intervention. If the brief statement is over 25 pages, a courtesy copy must be delivered to Judge Sagar’s drop box outside suite 1200 (12th floor) – Roybal Clerk’s Office no later than noon following the date of the e-mail. Failure to deliver timely mandatory chambers copies may result in a delay in hearing a motion. After its review of the email request, the Court will schedule the telephonic conference if appropriate or advise the parties to proceed by motion under Local Rule 37-2.
  3. Stipulated Protective Orders: All stipulated protective orders must comply with Rule 26 and the Ninth Circuit's standards for protective orders. All proposed protective orders must describe the documents to be protected with particularity. See Rivera v.. Nibco Inc., 364 F.3d 1057, 1063 n. 3 (9th Cir. 2004). Therefore, the documents, information, items or materials that are subject to the protective order shall be described in a meaningful fashion (for example, "personnel records," or "market surveys," etc.). It is not sufficient to use only conclusory terms such as "confidential or proprietary information." All proposed protective orders must include a statement establishing the requisite good cause. Foltz v. State Farm Mutual Auto Ins. Co., 331 F.3d 1122, 1130 (9th Cir. 2003) (court's protective order analysis requires examination of good cause) (citing Phillips v. Gen. Motors Corp., 307 F.3d 1206, 1210-11, (9th Cir. 2002). The Court may only enter a protective order upon a showing of good cause. Kamakana v. City and County of Honolulu, 447 F.3d 1172, 1176 (9th Cir. 2006) (parties must make a "particularized showing" under Rule 26(c) for court to enter protective order); Maker-Wellbon v. Sony Electrics, Inc., 187 F.R.D. 576, 577 (E.D. Wis.,1999) (even stipulated protective orders require good cause showing).  It is mandatory that parties submitting a stipulated protective order for the court’s approval file a single document entitled Stipulated Protective Order based on the model protective order that is available for dowload below and email a copy in WordPerfect or Microsoft Word to the Court at AS_Chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov (link sends e-mail) . It is not necessary to file a separate Proposed Protective Order. The parties must also provide a red-lined version of the proposed Stipulated Protective Order to the Court to highlight all differences between the submitted order and the model order. The red-lined version of the Proposed Stipulated Protective Order should be emailed to chambers and NOT be filed on the docket.
  4. Ex Parte Applications: Strict compliance with Local Civil Rules 7-19 and 7-19.1 is required. Ex parte applications shall identify in the caption whether it is “OPPOSED” or “UNOPPOSED.” Any opposition shall be served and filed within 24 hours of electronic filing of the application. Conformed paper copies of the filed application and any opposition shall be delivered directly to Judge Sagar’s drop box located outside suite 1200 – Roybal Clerk’s Office.  Ex parte applications will ordinarily be decided on the papers without oral argument. The Court will notify the parties if it desires an in-court or telephonic hearing. A party submitting an ex parte application need not provide a party in custody with oral notice prior to filing, but shall make all reasonable efforts to provide notice as quickly as practicable, consistent with Local Civil Rules 7-19 and 7-19.1. Any party relying on this policy shall state in the application (1) that the party in custody is incarcerated, and (2) all steps that have or will be taken to provide the person in custody with prompt notice.  Please note that, absent an emergency, ex parte applications are not an acceptable method of bringing a discovery dispute to the attention of the Court.
  5. Proposed Orders: Pursuant to Local Rule 5-4.4 and Local Criminal Rule 49-1.3.2(c), unless exempted from electronic filing, parties submitting proposed orders or other proposed documents that require the Court's signature must e-mail a word-processing version of the document to  AS_Chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov
  6. Chambers Copies: Mandatory chambers copies of all e-filed documents must be delivered to Judge Sagar’s drop box outside suite 1200 (12th floor) – Roybal Clerk’s Office no later than 12:00 noon on the following business day.  Copies must be printed from CM/ECF , labeled MANDATORY CHAMBERS COPY on the face page and include: (1) the CM/ECF-generated header (consisting of the case number, document control number, date of filing, page number, etc.) at the top of each page; and (2) the NEF (see L.R. 5-3.2.1) as the last page of the document. It is imperative that mandatory chambers copies be delivered by noon following the date of filing. Failure to deliver timely mandatory chambers copies may result in a delay in hearing a motion or ordering the matter off calendar. Chambers copies do not need to be blue backed.  All mandatory chambers copies shall be two-hole punched at the top and bounded at the top. 
  7. Continuances: To request a continuance of any scheduled Court proceeding, the parties shall telephonically notify the Courtroom Deputy Clerk as soon as the need to reschedule a hearing is discovered and then submit a stipulation and proposed order no less than three business days before the scheduled hearing. In the event of a calendar conflict, counsel shall immediately advise the Courtroom Deputy Clerk telephonically and attempt to secure opposing counsel’s agreement to stipulate to a new date. If opposing counsel will not agree to a continuance, the request for continuance shall be made by ex parte application. Stipulations to extend deadlines to file a Joint Submission a Social Security case must be accompanied by a Proposed Order that specifies the new filing date of the Joint Submission.
  8. Under Seal Documents: Counsel and parties are directed to deliver to Civil Intake, one copy of the application, proposed order and document to be filed under seal, no later than 12 noon on the next business day after the documents are electronically filed, pursuant to Local Rule 5-4.5. Proposed Order should also be emailed to AS_Chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov.
  9. In Camera Review: If a party has been granted permission to have the Court review document(s) in camera, the party must file a Notice of Manual Filing or Lodging (form G-92) via the Court’s CM/ECF system. The document(s) shall be placed in a sealed enveloped and be delivered to Judge Sagar’s drop box outside suite 1200 (12th floor) – Roybal Clerk’s Office. Judge Sagar will review the document in chambers and return it to the attorney unless she orders the document to be filed, either under seal or as an unrestricted document.
  10. Telephonic Appearances: Any party who wishes to appear at a hearing by telephone must make such a request at least two (2) Court days before the hearing. Email the Courtroom Deputy Clerk and copy opposing counsel. Telephonic appearances will not be allowed absent prior approval of the Court given on showing of good cause.
  11. Special Appearances: The Court does not permit special appearances. Counsel of record shall appear at all court proceedings.
  12. Calendar Conflicts: The parties are to advise the Courtroom Deputy Clerk in advance about any calendar conflict and attempt to stipulate to an alternative date and time with opposing counsel. The alternative date and time should be cleared in advance with the Courtroom Deputy Clerk. If opposing counsel will not agree to a continuance, the request should be made by ex parte application.
  13. Communication with the Court: Inquiries regarding the status of a motion, stipulation, or proposed order shall be made by checking the docket. If such information does not timely appear on the docket when expected, counsel may sparingly contact the Courtroom Deputy Clerk for status inquiries. Parties and counsel are not allowed to contact the Court’s Law Clerks or to communicate with Chambers by any means, except as expressly provided herein or otherwise ordered by the Court.
  14. Settlement Conferences: Settlement conferences will generally be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. The parties may also request a settlement conference to be held on another day at an earlier time. Counsel should select a date for the settlement conference in consultation with the Courtroom Deputy Clerk at least three (3) weeks in advance.  After the date is selected, the Court will issue an order regarding settlement conference procedures and schedule a telephone conference call for attorneys only prior to the settlement conference.
  15. Interpreters: It is the responsibility of the parties to obtain the services of an interpreter in a civil case if one is needed. If the government is the moving party, the government shall contact the Courtroom Deputy Clerk. All other parties shall contact the Interpreter’s Section at (213) 894-4599. It is the responsibility of counsel in a civil case to arrange for the services of an Interpreter. The Interpreter’s Office may be reached at (213) 894-4599.
  16. Criminial E-Filing Pilot Project Requirements: In accordance with General Order 19-01, Criminal Duty Matters Electronic Filing Pilot Project, counsel are directed to email documents to: AS_CrimDuty@cacd.uscourts.gov. Additionally, the following practices must be followed:  ​
  • The subject line of the email must include the following information: The generic name, case number, title and date filed, as follows (example): USA v. Search Warrant - 2:17-mj-00023 - Application for a Search Warrant filed on 3/20/2017.
  • Federal law enforcement agents and the U.S. Attorney’s Office shall advise the Courtroom Deputy Clerk in advance of the anticipated submission of lengthy affidavits in support of warrants, criminal complaints, and other applications for the Court’s review.
  • If any of the documents are over 25 pages, a courtesy copy must be provided to the Court concurrent with, and no later than two hours after, the electronic filing of documents during regular business hours.
  • Once it has been determined that the documents are in compliance, the  agent will be asked to report to Chambers with the original and, if a conformed copy is requested, copy of the documents, with the CM/ECF header. No copies will be printed for conforming.
  • Chambers copies must include the CM/ECF header showing that the instant documents for signature have been e-filed.
  • If counsel amends a document they must promptly notify the CRD and indicate where and why the document is being amended. 
  • Please ensure that Judge Sagar’s name and correct date are on the documents.
  • Failure to comply with the above requirements may result in a delay in processing.
  • Telephone Contact: Counsel may determine the status of any submitted motion, stipulation, proposed order, or hearing date by accessing the docket sheet through PACER. Parties shall first check the Local Rules or the docket sheet before calling the Courtroom Deputy Clerk with inquiries in that regard. The parties are not allowed to contact or communicate with the Judge’s Law Clerks in any manner without express authorization from the Court. Letters to Chambers are strictly forbidden and may lead to sanctions against the offending party.
  • Transcripts: For general information on how to order a transcript of any reported or digitally recorded proceeding, please contact 213-894-3015 or visit the Court’s website (www.cacd.uscourts.gov) section referring to Court Reporter/Recorder Transcripts. If you require an estimate of cost for the preparation of a transcript, contact the Court Reporter/Recorder for the desired proceeding.  To determine the Court Reporter/Recorder for a particular proceeding, please visit the Court Reporter Schedule web page and click on View by Date. Once you've determined the correct Court Reporter/Recorder for the desired session, click on Court Reporter Phone and Email List for contact information.
  • Externships: Externship terms are typically served in the summer, fall, or spring.  A law student interested in an externship with the Court should check with his or her law school to see whether it has an externship program in coordination with the Court.  Applications are accepted up to six months in advance of the semester for which the student is applying. Interviews are typically scheduled and held by a law clerk, and offers are usually made shortly after the interview. Applicants are not to contact Judge Sagar’s Chambers regarding the status of an application. However, if an applicant has interviewed with a judge and subsequently accepts a position with another judicial officer, the applicant should contact the chambers to advise the judge that he or she has accepted another position and is withdrawing his or her application. Interested individuals may also submit an application packet directly to the chambers of Judge Sagar at AS_Chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov.  The packet should include:
    1. cover letter
    2. resume
    3. undergraduate and law school grades (if available); and
    4. writing sample, not longer than ten pages.