Honorable Terry J. Hatter Jr.

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District Judge

ALL APPEARANCES SHALL NOW BE IN PERSON ONLY.The CARE'S Act authorizing remote appearances in criminal proceedings has expired and the Court requires IN-PERSON hearings.

First Street Courthouse
350 W. 1st Street, Courtroom #9C, 9th Floor OR AS ASSIGNED
Los Angeles, California 90012​​​



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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 noticed for Mondays, excluding holidays. If Monday is a holiday, skip to the following Monday. Indicate the date and for the time it should read UNDER SUBMISSION, no appearance necessary, unless the court notifies parties. Judge Hatter takes all CIVIL motions under submission as of the calendared date of the motion, (see Local Rule 83-9.2).
  • Criminal motions are noticed for hearing on Mondays at 10:00 a.m., unless there has been a previously ordered date and time for hearing pre-trial motions.  It is NOT NECESSARY to clear a motion date with the court clerk prior to filing the motion.
  • CM/ECF questions please call the Help Desk at 213-894-0242.
  • Discovery motions are to be calendared before the magistrate judge. Counsel should contact the magistrate judge’s court clerk regarding these motions.
  • EXPARTE APPLICATIONS: Ex parte applications are for extraordinary relief only. Applications must be in accordance with Local Rule 7-19 and any applicable General Order except as to the date and time for a hearing. Ex parte applications for TROs or Under Seal filings shall be filed in the Clerk’s Office filing window.  Judge Hatter will determine whether a hearing is necessary after he reviews the application. Counsel will be notified if a hearing is required.  Sanctions may be imposed for misuse of ex parte applications.  When opposing counsel has been notified of an ex parte application and intends to submit a written objection, the court clerk is to be immediately notified by email at yolanda_skipper@cacd.uscourts.gov.
  • To request a CONTINUANCE of any scheduled court proceeding, submit a stipulation or ex parte application and proposed order stating the reason for this continuance. Also alert the Courtroom Deputy Clerk that a stipulation is coming if you have not yet heard from the court no later than 3 days before the scheduledhearing date.
  • Counsel are not to contact the judge’s law clerks. 
  • Stipulations:  When seeking approval of a stipulation, counsel are reminded to email the proposed order in WordPerfect or Microsoft Word to tjh_chambers@cacd.uscourts.gov. Once a stipulation has been approved and filed, the information may be obtained by checking the docket on PACER. Telephonic inquiries regarding the status of a stipulation, as well as a motion, may not be returned.
  • Calendar conflicts: Please telephone the Courtroom Deputuy Clerk, or an email is fine, alerting her of any conflicts.
  • Procedures for bringing electronic equipment and voluminous trial materials or exhibits into the courtroom:  The Local Rules prohibit the recording of proceedings in court, either by electronic recording means or by camera.  The court provides audio-visual equipment for the parties’ use at trial and during hearings.  Counsel may contact the IT Help Desk at (213) 894-3061 to arrange training on the court’s equipment.  The parties may bring additional equipment, as needed, but must secure a property pass in advance.  Arrangements for a property pass to bring equipment and/or voluminous exhibits into the courtroom may be made through the Space and Facilities (“S&F”) Help Desk at (213) 894-1400.
  • TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDERS: Once filed by a party please alert the Courtroom Deputy at yolanda_skipper@cacd.uscourts.gov.

For information regarding ELMO reservations and/or training, please visit the court website (www.cacd.uscourts.gov) section referring to Courtroom Technology. Alternatively, you may contact the Courtroom Technology Help Desk at 213-894-3061.

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.

  • Questions regarding externships are to be made to the judge’s law clerk at 213-894-0565.

Trial preparation:

           Trial Hours:  Tuesday through Friday (except holidays)
           Beginning at 9:00 a.m. (except the first day, begins at 10:00 a.m.)
           Adjournment between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
           Breaks: mid-morning and mid afternoon break.

Exhibits, Exhibit List, Witness List:

On the 1st day of trial, please provide to the court clerk the following items:

  • Three (3) clean copies of the witness list and exhibit list with no CM/ECF generated header at the top of each page.
  • Exhibits: Two (2) sets (ORIGINAL and BENCH COPY) are to be submitted to the Courtroom Deputy Clerk on the first day of trial and marked pursuant to the Local Rule  16-6.  The ORIGINAL and BENCH COPY set should be placed in a 3-ring binder, with numbered tabs, and volume numbers identified on the outside spine of the exhibit book. Remember each exhibit tag must be on the exhibit at the lower righthand side, as not to obstruct the exhibit itself.
  • Digitial exhibit tags are now available on the Court's website under Court Forms-General Forms-Form G-14A (plaintiff) and G-14B (defendant).  These digital tags may be used in place of the tags obtained from the Clerk's Office.  You may find it easier to use the digital tags since the case number auto-populates the entire form once typed in. 

       Jury instructions are to be submitted in a mandatory hard copy, and emailed in word to the Courtroom Deputy Clerk at                                            yolanda_skipper@cacd.uscourts.gov.

  • Verdict Form shall be provided to the Court Clerk on the first day of trial.

Depositions:  May be brought to court 7 days prior to the 1st day of trial or on 1st day of trial. Bring 1 original and 1 copy of each deposition intended to be used at trial. If a deposition will be used in lieu of live testimony for trial, indicate the designated portions by listing them as a separate document.

Jury Instructions:Refer to Judge Hatter's Order re Civil Jury Instructions. The order will be mailed to all counsel of record shortly after the trial date is set. Judge Hatter prefers instructions from Kevin F. O'Malley, et al, Federal Jury Practice and Instruction, due no later than 1 week prior to the trial. The email in word is due Friday before the trial.

  • If an interpreter is required on a civil case, counsel is responsible for making the arrangements. Interpreters Office 213-894-4599.
  • If counsel has received a "Notice to Parties of Court-Directed ADR Program" (form ADR-08), the Court will presumptively refer the case to the Court Mediation Panel or to private mediation at the time of the initial scheduling conference. See General Order 11-10, § 5.1. Counsel are directed to furnish and discuss this Notice with their clients in preparation for the parties' Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(f) conference. Counsel should include their shared or separate views regarding a preference for the Court Mediation Panel or private mediation, and when the mediation should occur, in the written report required by Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(f) and Civil L.R. 26-1. A settlement conference with a magistrate judge is generally not available for cases in the Court-Directed ADR Program. See Civil L.R. 26-1(c). For information about the Court’s ADR Program, please see General Order 11-10 which is located in the "General Orders" section on the home page and in the "ADR" page of the Court’s website.