Honorable Stanley Blumenfeld Jr.

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District Judge
U.S. Courthouse, 350 West 1st Street, Los Angeles, California 90012 
Courtroom 6C​

All proceedings will be held in person in Courtroom 6C.  Remote appearances are not permitted absent good cause. 


Law and Motion Schedule: 

Civil motions are heard on Fridays at 8:30 a.m. If Friday is a court holiday, please pick a different Friday.
Criminal motions are heard on Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. If Tuesday is a court holiday, please pick a different Tuesday.

Selecting a Date.  Check this webpage (right column) to see if a motion date is closed.  Do not contact the Court.

Tentative RulingsThe Court often issues written tentative rulings and makes them available on Judge Blumenfeld’s webpage the afternoon before the hearing by 6:00 p.m.  The purpose of the tentative ruling is to focus the discussion at the hearing.  No party shall file any written response to the tentative ruling without leave of court.  A tentative ruling does not represent the final decision of the Court, and the parties are strictly prohibited from filing it as an exhibit or otherwise in any case.

Settlement.  Counsel must notify the Court at least 2 weeks before the scheduled hearing if the parties are conducting settlement discussions that may render the motion moot and must notify the Court immediately if a settlement is reached.  A belated settlement notice wastes scarce judicial resources, risks the release of a ruling, and may subject the offending parties to sanctions. 

    Judge's Procedures: 

    Counsel must review and comply with the Court’s relevant Civil or Criminal Standing Order as well as the other applicable standard case orders and required templates -- which provide additional information and requirements and are found in the next section below (Orders & Additional Documents).

    • Communications with Chambers: Counsel shall not (1) initiate contact with the courtroom deputy clerk (CRD) by telephone or (2) contact the CRD about the status of a pending matter.  Nor should counsel contact the CRD to inquire about court procedure when the answer is readily available by consulting the Local Rules and the Court's standing orders. Any appropriate inquiry directed to the CRD must be by email with a copy to all parties and a list of all counsel's email addresses and telephone numbers in the body of the email.
    • Discovery: All discovery matters are referred to the assigned magistrate judge. All discovery documents must include the words “DISCOVERY MATTER” in the caption to ensure proper routing. Counsel should not deliver Chambers Copies of these documents to Judge Blumenfeld.
    • Ex Parte Applications: A party seeking ex parte relief, including a temporary restraining order, must comply with Local Rule 7-19. The applicant must notify the other party (or parties) that opposing papers are to be filed no later than 48 hours following service or by 3:00 p.m. on the first court day after service, whichever is later. The opposing party should advise the CRD as soon as possible whether it intends to oppose the ex parte application. The Court generally considers ex parte applications on the papers. The application will not be considered until a Chambers Copy has been provided. The parties should not assume that an unopposed ex parte application will be granted; and a last-minute application (or stipulation) that is denied will not serve to relieve a party of an underlying obligation (e.g., a soon-to-expire deadline). Sanctions may be imposed for misuse of ex parte applications. 
    • Interpreters: Counsel in civil cases must obtain the services of an interpreter, if one is needed.