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Honorable Rozella A. Oliver

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Magistrate Judge

Roybal Federal Building and United States Courthouse, 255 E. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA, 90012, Courtroom 590, 5th Floor

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Law and Motion Schedule: 
  1. Civil Motions: Civil Motions are heard on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. It is not necessary to clear a civil motion date with the Courtroom Deputy Clerk (CRD) prior to filing the motion. The Court may take any motion under submission without oral argument.
  2. INFORMAL DISCOVERY CONFERENCE: Judge Oliver STRONGLY recommends that the parties pursue an Informal Discovery Conference ("IDC") with the judge prior to filing any discovery motion. Prior to contacting the Court, the parties must meet and confer in good faith to attempt to resolve or narrow their disputes, including at least one discussion by telephone, video, or in person. The parties may then jointly contact Judge Oliver's courtroom deputy by email to The email should contain: (1)  a confirmation of a meet and confer; (2) a confirmation that all parties involved are in agreement in seeking an IDC; (3) a very brief joint description of the current discovery issue(s). IDCs are held telephonically.  The Court will attempt to assist the parties in an efficient resolution of the discovery issue. Whether a party attempted a good faith resolution of a discovery dispute, including the use of an IDC, is one factor that Judge Oliver may consider in any future request for discovery-related sanctions.
    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.  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.
Judge's Procedures: 
  1. Parties in Custody; Hearing Dates: If any party is in state or federal custody and is proceeding pro se, the moving party must file the motion without requesting a hearing date. The Court will review the pleadings and determine whether a hearing is necessary.
  2. Settlement Conferences: Settlement conferences are held on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:00am or Fridays at 1:30pm.  Parties should contact the CRD about available dates for settlement conferences. All settlement conference papers shall be submitted at least seven (7) court days prior to the conference and delivered directly to chambers. In lieu of personal delivery, settlement conference papers may be emailed to if the total number of pages being emailed is 20 or less.
  3. Ex Parte Applications: Strict compliance with Local Civil Rule 7-19 and 7-19.1 is required. Any opposition to an ex parte application should be filed and served no later than noon on the first court day following service of the application. Conformed paper copies of the filed application and any opposition must be delivered directly to chambers. Ex parte applications will generally be decided on the papers, without oral argument. The Court will notify the parties if a hearing is desired.
  4. Continuances: Continuances of scheduled court proceedings will only be granted on showing of good cause. To request a continuance, the parties must submit a signed stipulation and proposed order at least three (3) business days prior to the proceeding. If the opposing party will not agree to the continuance, the requesting party may file an ex parte application for continuance stating its and the opposing party’s respective positions. In either case, the parties should notify the CRD as soon as possible upon discovering the need to reschedule.
  5. Requests for Filing Extensions: Requests to extend any scheduled filing date (either by ex parte application or stipulation) must be filed at least three (3) 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: If the parties in a civil action wish to have a protective order entered regarding discovery, the Court encourages the parties to amend and use the preferred form order (available below).
  7. Under Seal Documents (Civil and Criminal): CIVIL CASES: Electronic Submission and Filing of Under Seal Documents: A party seeking to file materials for Civil cases under seal must first file the application electronically via the CM/ECF system. After filing the application electronically, the moving party will e-mail the application and a PDF version of the materials to be filed under seal to chambers ( The subject line of the e-mail must bear the name and number, and include “UNDER SEAL REQUEST”. Judge Oliver is still participating in the Pilot Project for Electronic Submission and Filing of Under Seal Documents for Criminal cases. The previously mentioned procedures will also apply to the filing of documents for Criminal cases.
  8. Telephonic Appearances: Any party who wishes to appear to a hearing by telephone shall make such a request at least two (2) business days prior to the hearing. Telephonic appearances will not be allowed absent prior approval of the Court given on showing of good cause.
  9. Special Appearances: The Court does not permit special appearances. Counsel of record must appear at all court proceedings.
  10. Transcripts: For general information on ordering transcripts of a reported or digitally recorded proceeding, please call 213-894-3015 or visit the court website ( section referring to Court Reporting Services, located under “Clerk Services”. To determine the court reporter/recorder for a proceeding, go to the Court Reporter Schedule web page and click on “View by Date”. Once you have determined the correct court reporter/recorder for the proceeding, click on Court Reporter Phone and Email List for contact information.
  11. Law Clerk/Extern Positions: Questions regarding law clerk / extern positions should be communicated via letter to the magistrate judge.
  12. Criminal 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: Chambers does not require a courtesy copy. Additionally, the following practices shall be followed:  1) Attach an efiled copy of the documents, which includes the CM/ECF header, to your initial email to  2) Conformed copies will only be made upon request using a copy with CM/ECF header provided by the agent.  No copies will be printed for conforming.