News Announcements

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.

Additional Changes to Local Rules Proposed to Become Effective June 1, 2024

In February 2024, a Notice from the Clerk issued regarding amendments to the local rules proposed to be effective on June 1, 2024.  Since then, the Court has approved another amendment and an addition to the local rules listed below, proposed to be...

Recruitment Notice for Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Trial Attorney Panel

The Criminal Justice Act Trial Attorney Panel

Judge Dolly M. Gee Succeeds Judge Philip S. Gutierrez as Chief Judge of the Central District Of California

Effective March 30, 2024, the Honorable Philip S. Gutierrez, having served as Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California since June 26, 2020, has ended his tenure as Chief Judge.  Judge Gutierrez resumes...

Recruitment Notice for Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Lawyer Representatives

The United States District Court, Central District of California, is currently accepting applications from qualified individuals interested in serving as Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Lawyer Representatives.  The selected Lawyer Representatives...

Changes to Local Rules Proposed to Become Effective June 1, 2024

The Court preliminarily has approved amendments to the local rules listed below.  The proposed effective date is June 1, 2024.  A redline of the proposed changes accompanies the electronic version of this notice and can also be found on the Court’s...

Brian D. Karth Appointed as District Court Executive and Clerk of Court for the Central District of California

The United States District Court for the Central District of California announces the appointment of Brian D. Karth as District Court Executive and Clerk of Court.  Mr. Karth succeeds retired District Court Executive and Clerk of Court Kiry K. Gray.

David T. Bristow 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 David T. Bristow as a United States Magistrate Judge.  Judge Bristow, who was sworn in on November 22, 2023, will preside over matters in Riverside...

Senate Confirms Mónica Ramírez Almadani as United States District Judge for the Central District of California

On November 9, 2023, the United States Senate confirmed President Joe Biden’s nomination of Mónica Ramírez Almadani to serve as a federal district judge for the United States District Court for the Central District of California.  Ramírez Almadani...

Senate Confirms Magistrate Judge Kenly Kiya Kato as United States District Judge for the Central District of California

On November 7, 2023, the United States Senate confirmed President Joe Biden’s nomination of Magistrate Judge Kenly Kiya Kato to serve as a federal district judge for the United States District Court for the Central District of California.  Judge...

Changes to the District Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule

Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1914, the Judicial Conference of the United States approved several changes to the district court miscellaneous fee schedule, effective December 1, 2023.  The amended Schedule of Fees will be available on the Court’s website.

Termination of the Patent Program, Effective March 30, 2024

The United States District Court for the Central District of California announces that the Court’s Patent Program will be terminated, effective March 30, 2024.  Judges participating in the Patent Program will continue to accept transfers of patent...

Public Notice of Intent to Consider the Reappointment of United States Magistrate Judge Steve Kim

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 Steve Kim to an additional eight (8) year term.  Magistrate Judge Kim’s term expires April 10,...

Relocation of Criminal Duty Courtroom

Effective August 21, 2023, the Criminal Duty Courtroom will relocate to Courtroom 640 on the 6th floor at the Edward R. Roybal Federal Building and United States Courthouse (“Roybal Courthouse”). All initial appearances will be conducted in person...

Seeking Applications: Attorney 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 Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel.  This recruitment seeks to replace...

A. Joel Richlin 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 A. Joel Richlin as a United States Magistrate Judge.  Judge Richlin, who was sworn in on July 31, 2023, will preside over matters in Los Angeles in...

Stephanie S. Christensen 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 Stephanie S. Christensen as a United States Magistrate Judge.  Judge Christensen, who was sworn in on July 5, 2023, will preside over matters in Los...

Senate Confirms Superior Court Judge Hernán D. Vera as United States District Judge for the Central District of California

On June 13, 2023, the United States Senate confirmed President Joe Biden’s nomination of Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Hernán D. Vera to serve as a federal district judge for the United States District Court for the Central District of...

Central District of California Announces 2023 Local Civics Contest Winners

The U.S. District Court and U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California hosted a civics contest for high school students in grades nine through twelve (Local Contest), which was held in conjunction with a civics contest sponsored by...

Passing of the Honorable Ronald S.W. Lew

The United States District Court for the Central District of California announces the passing of Senior District Judge Ronald S.W. Lew on May 19, 2023.  Judge Lew was 81 years old.

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