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Check this page, or the News and Announcements box on the homepage, for the latest official news and announcements released by the court. You can also access archived news and announcements from this page.

Public Notice of Intent to Consider the Reappointment of United States Magistrate Judge Kenly Kiya Kato

Notice is hereby given that a panel of citizens has been established to submit a recommendation to the Court regarding the matter of the reappointment of Kenly Kiya Kato to an additional eight (8) year term. Magistrate Judge Kato’s term expires June...

Public Notice of Intent to Consider the Reappointment of United States Magistrate Judge Louise A. LaMothe

Notice is hereby given that a panel of citizens has been established to submit a recommendation to the Court regarding the matter of the reappointment of Louise A. LaMothe to an additional four (4) year term. Magistrate Judge LaMothe’s term expires...

Public Notice of Intent to Consider the Reappointment of United States Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Chooljian

Notice is hereby given that a panel of citizens has been established to submit a recommendation to the Court regarding the matter of the reappointment of Jacqueline Chooljian to an additional eight (8) year term. Magistrate Judge Chooljian’s term...

Seeking Applications: Merit Selection Panel Members

The United States District Court, Central District of California, is currently accepting applications from qualified attorneys interested in serving on the Central District’s Merit Selection Panel.  The Panel’s function is to: (1) evaluate and...

Amended: Highly Sensitive Documents (HSDs)

The Administrative Office of the United States Courts has provided notice of wide-spread breaches of both private sector and government computer systems, including serious security vulnerabilities in the Case Management/Electronic Case Filing (CM/...

Phased Reopening of the Court

The United States District Court for the Central District of California has adopted the Plan for Phased Resumption of Operations (“Reopening Plan”), which consists of three phases: Phase 1 (return of certain staff to the courthouses to prepare for...

Phased Reopening of the Court: Southern Division

The United States District Court for the Central District of California has adopted the Plan for Phased Resumption of Operations (“Reopening Plan”), which consists of three phases: Phase 1 (return of certain staff to the courthouses to prepare for...

Relocation for Booking New Arrestees/Defendants

Effective April 19, 2021, the lockup area at the Edward R. Roybal Federal Building and Courthouse (“Roybal Courthouse”) will be undergoing construction and will not be available for the booking of new arrestees or summoned defendants with the United...

Margo A. Rocconi Appointed as United States Magistrate Judge for the Central District of California

The United States District Court for the Central District of California announces the appointment of Margo A. Rocconi as a United States Magistrate Judge. Judge Rocconi, who was sworn in on March 19, 2021, will sit in Los Angeles, the Court’s...

Phased Reopening of the Court

The United States District Court for the Central District of California announces the following regarding its operations. Phased Reopening of the Court Per the gating criteria that was adopted by the Court, local COVID-19 exposure risks in the...

Highly Sensitive Documents (HSDs)

The Administrative Office of the United States Courts has provided notice of wide-spread breaches of both private sector and government computer systems, including serious security vulnerabilities in the Case Management/Electronic Case Filing (CM/...

Washington's Birthday

On Monday, February 15, 2021, the United States District Court, in Los Angeles, Santa Ana and Riverside, will be closed in recognition of Washington’s Birthday.  Limited service will resume on Tuesday, February 16, 2021...

Amended Expiration of Continuity of Operations Plan

The United States District Court for the Central District of California’s Continuity of Operations (“COOP”) Plan expired at the close of January 29, 2021.  Limited operations will resume on Monday, February 1, 2021, as follows: Access to the...

Public Notice of Intent to Consider the Reappointment of United States Magistrate Judge Douglas F. McCormick

Notice is hereby given that a panel of citizens has been established to submit a recommendation to the Court regarding the matter of the reappointment of Douglas F. McCormick to an additional eight (8) year term. Magistrate Judge McCormick’s term...

Public Notice of Intent to Consider the Reappointment of United States Magistrate Judge Alka Sagar

Notice is hereby given that a panel of citizens has been established to submit a recommendation to the Court regarding the matter of the reappointment of Alka Sagar to an additional eight (8) year term. Magistrate Judge Sagar’s term expires August...

Relocation of the Los Angeles Criminal Duty Courtroom

Effective February 1, 2021, the criminal duty courtroom in Los Angeles will be temporarily relocated to Courtroom 880 (8th floor) at the Edward R. Roybal Federal Building and Courthouse, 255 East Temple Street, Los Angeles, California until further...

Expiration of Continuity of Operations Plan

The United States District Court for the Central District of California’s Continuity of Operations (“COOP”) Plan expires at the close of January 29, 2021.  Limited operations will resume on Monday, February 1, 2021, as follows: Access to the...

Electronic Document Submission System for People Without Lawyers

            People who are not represented by attorneys may now submit documents for filing through the Court’s Electronic Document Submission System (EDSS) instead of mailing or bringing documents to the Clerk’s Office.  EDSS allows people without...

Sealed Filings in CM/ECF

On January 6, 2021, the Judicial Conference of the United States announced a temporary policy change for certain sealed filings in the federal courts’ case management and electronic case file system (CM/ECF).  The Administrative Office of the U.S.

Extension of Continuity of Operations Plan

Chief Judge Philip S. Gutierrez announces the United States District Court for the Central District of California has extended its Continuity of Operations (“COOP”) Plan through and including January 29, 2021. 

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