Pro Hac Vice

An attorney not eligible for admission under Civil Local Rule 83.3.c, but who is a member in good standing of, and eligible to practice before, the bar of any United States Court or of the highest court of any state or of any territory or insular possession of the United States, who is of good moral character, and who has been retained to appear in this court, may, upon written application and in the discretion of the court, be permitted to appear and participate in a particular case. Unless authorized by the Constitution of the United States or acts of Congress, an attorney is not eligible to practice pursuant to this local rule if any one or more of the following apply to the attorney: (1) resides in California, (2) is regularly employed in California, or (3) is regularly engaged in business, professional, or other activities in California.

In order to appear in a particular matter without being a member of the California State Bar, counsel must Register for CM/ECF and electronically file a Request to Appear Pro Hac Vice.  The court charges a $206 fee for each Pro Hac Vice request, which counsel pays at the time the request is electronically filed.


To appear Pro Hac Vice in the Southern District Court of California:

  1. Register to electronically file: CM/ECF Registration System 
  2. Electronically file a Request to Appear Pro Hac Vice
  3. Pay the $206 fee when prompted during the electronic filing process