Honorable Sheri Pym

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Magistrate Judge
George E. Brown, Jr. Federal Building and United States Courthouse, 3470 12th St., Riverside, CA 92501, Courtroom 4, 3​rd 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: 

Civil motions are heard on Tuesdays, Time: 10:00 a.m.
(If Tuesday is a holiday, next motion date is the following Tuesday.)
It is not necessary to clear a motion date with the court clerk prior to filing the motion.

Discovery motions are to be scheduled before the magistrate judge only if referred by the district judge.



Judge's Procedures: 
  1. Civil motions are heard on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. It is not necessary to clear a civil motion date with the Court Room Deputy Clerk (CRD) prior to filing the motion. The Court may take any motion under submission without oral argument. See Local Rule 7-15. The parties shall contact the CRD to schedule all motions in criminal cases.
  2. Discovery motions are to be scheduled before the magistrate judge only if referred by the district judge. 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.
  3. If there is a tentative ruling, it will be provided to counsel at the time counsel checks in with the CRD.
  4. Mandatory chambers copies (NO COURTESY COPIES TO CHAMBERS AS OF MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2020) of all e-filed documents must be delivered to the chambers copy box on the 3rd Floor by noon on the court day following the date of filing as required by as required by Local Rule 5-4.5. Electronic copies of proposed orders shall be emailed to the Court at SP_chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov   Proposed orders shall be in WordPerfect (preferred) or Microsoft Word format.
  5. Procedures for filing an ex parte application: Strict compliance with Local Rule 7-19 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. 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.
  6. To request a continuance of any scheduled court hearing, the parties should submit a signed stipulation and proposed order at least three court days prior to the scheduled hearing date. If it is necessary to file an ex parte application to request a continuance, the application must set forth opposing counsel’s position. In addition, the parties should notify the CRD as soon as the need to reschedule a hearing is discovered.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Inquiries regarding the status of a motion, stipulation, or proposed order should be made by checking the docket. If the information is unavailable, counsel may contact the CRD. Also, please refer to Local Rule 11-4.5. Counsel are not allowed to contact the magistrate judge’s law clerks, or to communicate with chambers by means of the Court’s email address other than to email proposed orders.
  10. Counsel should contact the CRD regarding procedures for using or bringing electronic equipment into the courtroom.
  11. 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 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, go to 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Settlement Conferences: Parties should contact the CRD about available dates for settlement conferences (45 days in advance of the settlement cut-off date).  All settlement conference papers should be delivered directly to the magistrate judge’s chambers located at 3470 Twelfth Street, 3rd Floor, Riverside, California. In lieu of personal delivery, settlement conference papers may be faxed to chambers at 951-328-2249, provided that the total number of pages being faxed is 15 or less.
  14. Stipulated Protective Orders: 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 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 Rule 37. An example of a stipulated protective order that satisfies these and other requirements is attached below.
  15. For inquiries regarding law clerk positions, please visit https://oscar.uscourts.gov. For inquiries regarding extern positions, please communicate via letter to the magistrate judge.
  16. All Criminal Duty Document emails should be sent to:  SP_CrimDuty@cacd.uscourts.gov and both law clerks should be copied on the email.
  17. The email should attach electronic PDF copies of the filed documents without the CM/ECF header.
  18. After the AUSA sends the email, the agent should call the main chambers line to schedule an appointment to swear out the warrant.  
  19. Criminal Duty Documents brought to chambers should NOT include the CM/ECF headers but should include the CM/ECF filing confirmation notice. 
  20. For UNDER SEAL DOCUMENTS, the agent may bring one manilla envelope labeled UNDER SEAL for all filed documents to chambers.

Orders & Additional Documents