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Honorable Gail J. Standish

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Magistrate Judge

Roybal Federal Building and United States Courthouse, 255 E. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA, 90012​, Courtroom 640, 6th Floor​

Chambers Courtesy Box - 12th Floor, Roybal Building

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Law and Motion Schedule: 
  1. Civil Motions (Non-discovery):  It is not necessary to clear a civil motions date with the Courtroom Deputy Clerk (CRD) prior to filing the motion.  The Court may 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 counsel are directed to file a motion, counsel shall file a properly noticed motion pursuant to Local Civil Rule 7-4, et seq., and set the hearing for a Wednesday at 10:00 a.m, unless otherwise directed by the Court.  The filed Motion must have attached to it a proposed Order pursuant to L.R. 52-4.1 Separate Order.  The same is required for a Motion for Attorney Fees in social security cases.
  2. Criminal Motions: The parties must contact the CRD to schedule motions in criminal cases.
Judge's Procedures: 
  1. Discovery Motions:
    1. Generally. Discovery motions are to be scheduled before the magistrate judge unless otherwise ordered by the district judge. The parties are advised to review the procedures and standing orders of the assigned district judge before filing any discovery motion. Strict compliance with Local Civil Rule 37 is required. The Court may take a motion under submission without oral argument. See Local Civil Rule 7-15.
    2. The parties are directed to carefully review the scheduling order issued by the District Judge assigned to their case for the provisions related to the fact and expert discovery cutoffs. The District Judge’s order sets forth the Magistrate Judge’s jurisdiction over discovery disputes. While some District Judges permit the assigned Magistrate Judge to decide a motion and order relief after the discovery cutoff, others require that any discovery disputes be completely briefed, argued, decided, and any relief ordered by the Magistrate Judge completed prior to expiration of the discovery period. There are other variations as well. Disputes brought to the Magistrate Judge’s attention without sufficient time for decision within the strictures of the District Judge’s scheduling order will be stricken or denied.
    3. Pre-Discovery Motion Telephonic Conference. In the Court’s experience, discovery disputes may often be resolved without the need for formal motion papers. In order to facilitate the just and expedient resolution of discovery matters and to conserve the parties’ and Court’s resources, the Court requires the parties to follow the following procedure for filing discovery motions. This procedure does not apply to ex parte applications (see Procedure 5) or where a party to the discovery dispute is in custody.
      1. First, as Local Civil Rule 37-1 requires, the parties must meet and confer in an attempt to resolve any discovery dispute.
      2. Once the parties have determined that they have reached an impasse, within seventy-two hours of the last conference of counsel, the movant must send the opposing parties a draft e-mail detailing the dispute.
      3. Opposing parties must respond with their position on each disputed issue within two business days of receiving the movant’s e-mail.
      4. The parties are to promptly find three different, mutually agreeable dates for the teleconference.  For each of the three different dates, counsel must indicate whether they are available in the morning, the afternoon, or both.  To be clear, if the parties are available on both a Monday morning and that same Monday afternoon, this counts as only one of the three required dates, not two.
      5. The movant must then e-mail the Court’s chambers e-mail account ( with a final single e-mail stating (1) the three proposed times for the telephone conference; (2) the neutral statement of each issue in dispute; and (3) the parties’ short descriptions of their respective positions on each dispute, along with any related discovery cutoff deadline. The movant must cc: opposing counsel on the e-mail. The e-mail shall not contain attachments unless directed by the Court to do so.
      6. No discovery motion may be filed until the Court has conducted its pre-discovery motion telephonic conference unless the movant has obtained leave of Court sought by an ex parte application. The Court may strike any discovery motion filed in violation of this Procedure.

      The fact that the Court attempts to handle discovery issues through this procedure does not constitute a guarantee that discovery disputes brought to the Court’s attention towards the end of the discovery cutoff will be considered timely or actually will be subject to resolution through this procedure. The Court may be unavailable or the issues raised may not be amenable to informal or expedited resolution. Consequently, parties are again directed to heed the District Judge’s scheduling order to make sure that all disputes are brought to the Magistrate Judge’s attention with sufficient time to have formal briefing and a hearing in accordance with the timing requirements of the Local Rules of the District Court should informal resolution not be successful.

    4. Discovery Motion Practice.  The Court dispenses with the joint stipulation requirement under Local Civil Rule 37-2 and instead requires parties to file traditional motions, opposition briefs, and replies pursuant to L.R. 7. Unless otherwise ordered on the pre-discovery motion telephonic conference, the following rules apply to discovery motions practice:
      1. If leave of Court to file a discovery motion is granted, and the Court does not specify responsive dates, or if the Court after a pre-discovery motion telephone conference directs the parties to file a discovery motion, and does not specify responsive due dates, counsel shall follow Local Rule 7-4 et seq. and file a properly noticed discovery motion. Any discovery motion set for hearing must be set for a Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.
      2. No discovery motion may exceed 10 pages in length unless leave of Court is obtained in advance.
      3. Any opposition may not exceed 10 pages in length unless leave of Court is obtained in advance.
      4. Any reply is limited to 8 pages in length.
      5. Copies of all filed documents, including declarations or any other attachment(s), must be emailed to the judge's chamber's email address.
  2. Settlement Conferences: As part of her practice for settlement conferences, the Court holds a brief telephonic conference (pre-settlement conference telephone call) before the settlement conference has been scheduled. Parties should contact the CRD via email at to set up this initial telephonic conference. Counsel shall also confer to select several proposed dates for the actual settlement conference, which dates will be discussed during the initial call. In the email request to the CRD, counsel shall provide three mutually agreeable times for the initial conference call with the Court, of which at least two must be on different days, and all of which are no earlier than 10:00 a.m. Once the settlement conference has been scheduled, all settlement conference papers should be delivered directly to the magistrate judge’s chambers. In addition to mailed mandatory chambers courtesy copies, settlement conference papers may also be emailed to if the total number of pages being emailed is 20 or less.
  3. Ex Parte Applications: Strict compliance with Local Civil Rules 7-19 and 7-19.1 is required. Any opposition should be served and filed within 24 hours of applicant’s oral notice. Conformed paper copies of the filed application and any opposition should be delivered directly to chambers. Ex parte applications will ordinarily be decided on the papers without oral argument. The Court will notify the parties if it desires a hearing. Absent an emergency, ex parte applications are not an acceptable method of bringing a discovery dispute to the attention of the Court. Local Civil Rule 37-3. Ex parte applications must identify in the caption whether “OPPOSED” or “UNOPPOSED” and must also identify in the caption whether the relief being sought has been previously sought via ex parte application (e.g., “FIRST ex parte application for extension of time,” “SECOND ex parte application for extension of time”).
  4. Continuances: To request to reschedule a hearing, conference, or other court proceeding, the parties should submit a signed stipulation and proposed order at least three court days prior to the scheduled hearing date. If opposing counsel will not agree to a continuance, the requesting party should file an ex parte application setting forth its and opposing counsel’s position. In addition, the parties should notify the CRD as soon as the need to reschedule a hearing is discovered.
  5. Requests for Filing Extensions: Requests to extend any scheduled filing date (by either ex parte application or stipulation) shall be filed no later than three (3) court days prior to the scheduled date. Extensions are not allowed absent permission of the Court given on showing of good cause.
  6. Stipulated Protective Orders.
    1. General Standard: Parties frequently file stipulated protective orders that do not satisfy Rule 26 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Ninth Circuit’s standards for protective orders, or the Local Rules of this Court. For example, the Court may only enter a protective order upon a showing of good cause. Kamakana v. City and Cnty. of Honolulu, 447 F.3d 1172, 1176 (9th Cir. 2006) (parties must make a "particularized showing" under Rule 26(c)’s good cause requirement for court to enter protective order). In addition, the Court will not enter a protective order that provides for the automatic sealing of all confidential documents. If confidential material is included in any papers to be filed in Court, such papers shall be accompanied by an application, pursuant to Local Civil Rule 79-5.1, to file the papers—or the confidential portion thereof—under seal. Also, in the event of a dispute regarding the designation of confidential information, the procedure for obtaining a decision from the Court is that set forth in Local Civil Rule 37. Attached below is a model protective order that satisfies these and other requirements.
    2. Form of Protective Order: It is mandatory that Parties submitting a stipulated protective order for the Court’s approval: (1) use the Court’s model protective order, attached below, to which they may propose limited modifications; the Court does not allow changes to the Duration section (4) of the protective order, and (2) a Word version of the proposed stipulated protective order that contains the attorneys' signatures. The parties must provide a redlined version comparing the original model and the filed stipulated protective order via e-mail to (link sends e-mail). The redlined version is only for the judge’s review and, therefore, shall not be filed.
    3. Form of Proposed Order: Proposed Orders must be in Word and should contain an identical version of the filed stipulated protective order.  Further,  the protective order shall be on pleading paper, must not contain attorney names, addresses, etc. on the caption page, and should not contain a footer with the document name or other information, sucha as a watermark designation of the firm name, etc. in the margin.
  7. Parties in Custody.
    1. Hearing Dates: If any party is in state or federal custody, the moving party must file the motion without requesting a hearing date. The Court will review the pleadings to determine whether a hearing is necessary.
    2. Ex Parte Applications: A party submitting an ex parte application need not provide a party in custody with oral notice prior to filing, but must 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 must include 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. Under Seal Documents (Civil and Criminal):
  8. Civil and Criminal Under Seal Procedures.
    1. Civil Case Procedures: A party seeking to file materials under seal must file the Application, redacted document(s), proposed order, and Declaration with attached unredacted document(s) electronically via the Court’s CM/ECF system. Only the Application, redacted document(s) and proposed order will be viewable by the public. The Declaration with attached unredacted document(s) will not be viewable by the public and will be filed under seal. After electronically filing the necessary documents, the filing party will send to the Chambers e-mail address at ( a PDF of all the document(s), along with a Microsoft Word version of the proposed order. The subject line of the e-mail must bear the case name and number, and include the phrase “REQUEST FOR UNDER SEAL FILING.”
      DO NOT deliver copies to the Judge’s drop box on the 12th floor, Roybal Building. If the Court grants the Application to file under seal, the CRD will docket the Order and counsel will be notified. It is the responsibility of the filing party to serve the other party(ies) as applicable with a copy of the filing party’s application, proposed order and redacted document(s). Relying on the Court’s CM/ECF system for service is no longer acceptable. The filing party shall file a proof of service within 24 hours verifying service of the required document(s) on the applicable party(ies). If the Court grants the Application, it will be the responsibility of the filing party to seal the document(s) on the Court’s CM/ECF system. Please review Local Rule 79-5.2.2 for full details regarding filing under seal.
    2. Criminal Case Procedures: Please follow the same procedures as referenced above.
  9. In Camera Review: A party seeking to have the Court review document(s) in camera, must file a Request and proposed order via the Court’s CM/ECF system. The Request and proposed order will be viewable by the public. After electronically filing the Request and proposed order, the filing party shall send a PDF of the Request and proposed order, along with a Microsoft Word version of the proposed order to the Chambers e-mail address at ( The subject line of the e-mail must bear the case name and number, and include the phrase “REQUEST FOR IN CAMERA REVIEW.”
    DO NOT deliver the document(s) to the Judge’s drop box on the 12th Floor, Roybal Building. If the Court grants the Request, the filing party will be instructed to deliver the document(s) directly to chambers on the 12th floor for review. Upon review, the Court may require the document(s) to be filed under seal. If so directed, the filing party shall follow the same instructions given when filing documents under seal. If the Court denies the Request, the filing party will be instructed to keep the document(s) until the full disposition of the case.
  10. Telephonic Appearances: Any party who wishes to appear at a hearing by telephone shall make such a request at least two court days before the hearing. Telephonic appearances are not allowed absent permission 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. Citation Format: When a party wishes to cite a case for which no reporter citation is available, the Court prefers that the party use a Westlaw citation (rather than a LEXIS citation) if one is available.
  13. Hyperlinked Filings: In the internet research world, hyperlinks are a standard way of “drilling down” for more detail or specific information. Just as all web pages contain links to other pages, cases downloaded from legal research services such as Westlaw or Lexis contain links to the cases, statutes, articles, or other sources cited within the opinion. The links allow immediate access by the reader to these referenced materials. Attorneys can include links to cited law and CM/ECF filings in their documents filed in CM/ECF, adding another level of persuasion to their writing. Hyperlinks in briefs and other court filings provide quick, easy, and pinpoint access to particular sections of a case, or to specific filings in the court’s record. The attorney can thereby highlight the precise issue presented, and the specific evidence and controlling or persuasive law the court should consider.

    Hyperlinks in court filings are very beneficial for court chambers. Court submissions that include links to relevant case law and case filings are easy for chambers staff to review. The attorneys’ arguments can be immediately verified in the context of the relevant law. The judge or judicial clerk is able to read the text of the cited case law on one screen while reading the attorney’s brief on the other. And if a brief contains links to referenced exhibits, and even to specific pages within those exhibits, the judge or judicial clerk can access the relevant evidence without having to navigate through the CM/ECF record. Particularly when dealing with large and complex cases, links save chambers considerable time and effort. Links make it easy for the court to verify—and adopt—the positions taken by an advocate.

    Although not required, the Court strongly encourages the use of hyperlinks in filings. For technical assistance consult this District’s guide to hyperlinking, available at

  14. Tentative Rulings: If the Court determines that issuing a tentative ruling is appropriate, the ruling will be provided to counsel when counsel checks in with the CRD.
  15. Calendar Conflicts: The parties are to advise the CRD 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 CRD.
  16. Communication with the Court: Inquiries regarding the status of a motion, stipulation, or proposed order should be made by checking the docket. If the information is unavailable, the parties may contact the CRD via email. Also, please refer to Local Civil Rule 83-2.5. Counsel and the parties must not contact or communicate with the magistrate judge’s law clerks unless expressly authorized by the Court or the Court’s CRD, the Local Rules, or this Court’s rules. Similarly, counsel and the parties may communicate with chambers by means of the Court’s email address only as expressly authorized by the Court or the Court’s CRD, the Local Rules, or this Court’s rules. Letters to chambers are strictly forbidden and may lead to sanctions against the offending party.
  17. Electronic Equipment: Counsel should contact the CRD regarding procedures for using or bringing electronic equipment into the courtroom.
  18. 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, contact the CRD. All other parties may contact the Interpreter’s Section at 213-894-4599.
  19. Law Enforcement Submissions: Federal law enforcement agents and the U.S. Attorney’s Office are encouraged to advise the CRD in advance of the anticipated submission of warrants, criminal complaints, and other applications for the Court’s review.
  20. Employment Opportunities: For inquiries regarding law clerk positions, please visit For inquiries regarding extern positions, please communicate via letter to the magistrate judge.
  21. Form of Proposed Orders: Proposed Orders must be on pleading paper and should not contain attorney names, addresses, etc. on the caption page, should not contain a footer with the document name or other information, and should not contain a watermark designation of the firm name, etc. in the margin.
  22. Criminal E-Filing Pilot Project Requirements: Please follow the procedures set forth in accordance with General Order 19-01, Criminal Duty Matters Expanded Electronic Filing Pilot Project. Counsel are directed to email documents to: sends email).
  • Chambers copies must include the CM/ECF header showing that the instant documents for signature have been e-filed.
  • Conformed copies will only be given upon request and will be made using a copy brought by the agent. No copies wil be printed for conforming.
  • Failure to comply with the above requirements may result in a delay in processing