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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


CHAPTER I

LOCAL CIVIL RULES


TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. SCOPE OF RULES; FORM OF ACTION ................................................. 1

F.R.Civ.P. 1. SCOPE AND PURPOSE.......................................................... 1
L.R. 1-1 Applicability. .......................................................................... 1
L.R. 1-2 General Orders. ..................................................................... 1
L.R. 1-3 Applicability of Rules to Persons Appearing Without

Attorneys. .................................................................................... 1
L.R. 1-4 Definitions. ............................................................................. 1

F.R.Civ.P. 2. ONE FORM OF ACTION ......................................................... 2
II. COMMENCING AN ACTION; SERVICE OF PROCESS,

PLEADINGS, MOTIONS, AND ORDERS ................................................ 2
F.R.Civ.P. 3. COMMENCING AN ACTION ............................................... 2

L.R. 3-1 Civil Cover Sheet and Other Forms Required at the Time
of Filing a New Action. ............................................................... 2

L.R. 3-2 Filing of Initiating Documents ............................................... 2
F.R.Civ.P. 4. SUMMONS .............................................................................. 3

L.R. 4-1 Summons - Presentation for Issuance. ................................... 3
L.R. 4-2 Summons - Service of Process - United States Marshal -

Civil Cases. ................................................................................. 3
L.R. 4-3 Summons - Service of Process - United States

Government ................................................................................. 3
L.R. 4-4 Summons - Service of Process - Habeas Corpus

Proceedings. ................................................................................ 3
F.R.Civ.P. 4.1. SERVING OTHER PROCESS ............................................... 3
F.R.Civ.P. 5. SERVING AND FILING PLEADINGS AND OTHER

PAPERS ................................................................................................ 3
L.R. 5-1 Lodging Documents. ............................................................... 4
L.R. 5-2 Filing In Forma Pauperis. ..................................................... 4
L.R. 5-3 Serving Documents. ................................................................ 4

L.R. 5-3.1 Service of Documents Not Filed Electronically........ 4
L.R. 5-3.1.1 Service. ........................................................ 4
L.R. 5-3.1.2 Proof of Service. .......................................... 4

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L.R. 5-3.2 Service of Documents Filed Electronically .............. 5
L.R. 5-3.2.1 Service. ........................................................ 5
L.R. 5-3.2.2 Electronic Service for Pro Se Litigants. ...... 5
L.R. 5-3.2.3 Consent to Electronic Service. .................... 5

L.R. 5-4 Filing Documents. .................................................................. 6
L.R. 5-4.1 Electronic Filing in Civil Cases................................ 6

L.R. 5-4.1.1 Pro Se Litigants. .......................................... 6
L.R. 5-4.1.2 Authorization of Electronic Filing. ............. 7
L.R. 5-4.1.3 Applicability of Other Rules. ....................... 7
L.R. 5-4.1.4 Definitions. .................................................. 7

L.R. 5-4.2 Exceptions to Electronic Filing in Civil Cases. ........ 8
L.R. 5-4.3 Format of Electronically Filed Documents. ...........10

L.R. 5-4.3.1 Technical Requirements (File Format
and Size Limitations). ...........................................10

L.R. 5-4.3.2 Redaction. ..................................................11
L.R. 5-4.3.3 Hyperlinks. .................................................11
L.R. 5-4.3.4 Signatures. .................................................11

L.R. 5-4.4 Submission of Proposed Orders, Judgments, or
Other Proposed Documents That Require a Judge’s
Signature. ........................................................................14
L.R. 5-4.4.1 Electronic Lodging of Proposed Orders. ..14
L.R. 5-4.4.2 Submission of Word-Processing

Versions of Proposed Orders. ..............................14
L.R. 5-4.5 Mandatory Chambers Copies. ................................15
L.R. 5-4.6 Deadlines. ...............................................................15

L.R. 5-4.6.1 Timeliness. .................................................15
L.R. 5-4.6.2 Technical Failures. ....................................15

L.R. 5-4.7 Effectiveness of Electronic Filings. ........................16
L.R. 5-4.7.1 Entry of Documents. ..................................16
L.R. 5-4.7.2 Certification of Electronic Documents. .....16
L.R. 5-4.7.3 Court Orders..............................................17

L.R. 5-4.8 Maintenance of Personal Contact Information. .....17
L.R. 5-4.8.1 Obligation to Maintain Personal

Contact Information. ............................................17
L.R. 5-4.8.2 Obligation to Maintain Electronic Post

Office Box. ............................................................17
F.R.Civ.P. 5.1. CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGE TO A STATUTE –

NOTICE, CERTIFICATION, AND INTERVENTION .........................17
F.R.Civ.P. 5.2. PRIVACY PROTECTION FOR FILINGS MADE

WITH THE COURT ...........................................................................17

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(a) Be set forth in full on a separate page;
(b) Embrace only one subject or principle of law; and
(c) Not repeat the principle of law contained in any other request.


L.R. 51-3 Identity of Requesting Party. The identity of the party requesting
the instructions shall be set forth on a cover page only and shall not be
disclosed on the proposed instructions.


L.R. 51-4 Citation of Authority. The authority for or source of each
proposed instruction shall be set forth on a separate page or document and
shall not be disclosed on the proposed instruction.


L.R. 51-5 Objections. Objections shall be filed and served on or before the
first day of trial unless the Court permits oral objections.


L.R. 51-5.1 Separate Objections. Written objections shall be
numbered and shall specify distinctly the objectionable matter in the
proposed instruction. Each objection shall be accompanied by citation
of authority. Where applicable, the objecting party shall submit an
alternative instruction covering the subject or principle of law.


F.R.Civ.P. 52. FINDINGS AND CONCLUSIONS BY THE COURT;
JUDGMENT ON PARTIAL FINDINGS


L.R. 52-1 Non-Jury Trial - Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law. In
any matter tried to the Court without a jury requiring findings of fact and
conclusions of law, counsel for each party shall lodge and serve proposed
findings of fact and conclusions of law at least seven (7) days before trial.


L.R. 52-2 Other Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law. In all other
cases where findings of fact and conclusions of law are required under
F.R.Civ.P. 41, 52, and 65, the attorney directed to do so by the Court shall
lodge and serve proposed findings of fact within seven (7) days of the
decision.


L.R. 52-3 Format. Proposed findings of fact shall:

(a) Be in separately numbered paragraphs;
(b) Be in chronological order; and

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(c) Not make reference to allegations contained in pleadings.

Conclusions of law shall follow the findings of fact and:

(a) Shall be in separately numbered paragraphs, and
(b) May include brief citations of appropriate authority.


L.R. 52-4 Orders. Each order shall be prepared by the attorney directed to
do so by the Court. The order shall comply with the requirements of L.R.
58-10. Within five (5) days of the ruling, the attorney preparing the order
shall serve it on all parties and lodge it with the Clerk.


L.R. 52-4.1 Separate Order. A separate proposed order shall be
submitted with any stipulation, application, motion, or request of the
parties requiring an order of the court. If the proposed order is the
result of a stipulation, the pertinent elements requested in the
stipulation shall be set forth in the order. Unless the filer is exempted
from electronic filing pursuant to L.R. 5-4.2(a), the proposed order
shall be submitted as provided in L.R. 5-4.4.


L.R. 52-5 Signing of Orders for Absent Judges. Except as otherwise
provided by F.R.Civ.P. 63, application for any order in a civil action
(including cases on appeal) shall be made to the judge to whom the case is
assigned. If the judge to whom the action is assigned is not available and
there is an emergency necessitating an order, the judge’s court clerk shall be
consulted to determine whether a judge of this Court has been designated to
handle matters in the absence of the assigned judge. If a designation has
been made, the application shall be presented to the designated judge. If no
designation has been made by the assigned judge, then the matter shall be
presented to the Chief Judge, or in the Chief Judge’s absence, to any other
available judge. If no emergency exists, the application will be held by the
assigned judge’s court clerk until the assigned judge is available.


L.R. 52-6 Service of Document. The attorney whose duty it is to prepare
any document required by L.R. 52-1, 52-2, or 52-4 shall serve a copy on
opposing counsel on the same day that the document is lodged with the
Court. Alternatively, the attorney preparing the document may present it to
opposing counsel for approval as to form before the document is lodged.

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Appendix C to Local Rules



AGREEMENT ON ACCEPTANCE OF SERVICE



To facilitate and assure timely service of process and to provide adequate time to
answer habeas corpus petitions under 28 U.S.C. § 2241 and 28 U.S.C. § 2255, the Clerk
of Court of the United States District Court for the Central District of California and the
United States Attorney’s Office of the Central District of California agree to the
following procedures. This agreement addresses cases in which the United States District
Judge or Magistrate Judge determines that service documents are to issue in all cases
where petitioners have filed habeas corpus petitions under 28 U.S.C. § 2241 and motions
under 28 U.S.C. § 2255.



1. General Provisions


A. At case opening, the case manager will add an appropriate entity which
specifies the U.S. Attorney’s Office as a “Notice Only Party” to the court’s
Case Management and Electronic Case Filing System (CM/ECF). The U.S.
Attorney’s Office will thereby receive electronic notice of all case filings
and activity, including the case initiating documents, to any e-mail accounts
specified by that office in their “Notice Only” designation. If the U.S.
Attorney’s Office ultimately enters an appearance on behalf of one or more
defendants in the case, the “Notice Only Party” will be terminated and the
attorney/(s) who enters his/her appearance will be designated as the counsel
to whom notice is sent.


B. These procedures shall take effect for any case filed after June 1, 2013, and

remain in effect until terminated by the U.S. Attorney’s Office or the Clerk.


2. Habeas Corpus Petitions


Pursuant to the Rules 4 and 5 Governing § 2254 Cases and 28 U.S.C. § 2243,
following preliminary review by the Court, the respondent is only required to
answer or otherwise respond to the petition if ordered to do so by the court. In its
order the Court will fix the time by which response must be made. The U.S.
Attorney’s Office agrees that entry of the order to respond on the docket by the
clerk complies with the requirement of service of the petition on the respondent,

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the U.S. Attorney’s Office, or other appropriate officer and will accept service of
the same.



DATE: May 30, 2013 Stephanie Yonekura
Acting First Assistant United States Attorney
United States Attorney’s Office



DATE: May 31, 2013 Terry Nafisi
District Executive & Clerk of Court
U.S. District Court, Central District of California

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