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Appointment of the Chief Bankruptcy Judge
Date Posted: 10/14/2021


The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California and the FBA-San Diego chapter will host the Annual State of the District Event on Thursday, October 28, 2021 at the James M. Carter and Judith N. Keep United States Courthouse. To register please visit www.fbasd.org.
Date Posted: 10/13/2021


The United States District Court for the Southern District of California is pleased to announce the selection of Alexandra F. Foster as the 2021 recipient of the Hon. David H. Bartick Award for Civility and Professionalism. 

Please see the attached press release for more information.
Date Posted: 9/15/2021


Criminal Case Proceedings During the COVID-19 Public Emergency
Date Posted: 9/1/2021


The United States District Court for the Southern District of California and the San Diego Chapter of the Federal Bar Association are pleased to present the Seventeenth Annual Judith N. Keep Federal Civil Practice Seminar on Thursday, September 9, 2021 from 1:00pm-5:15pm at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter, with a reception to follow.

The annual seminar is dedicated to the memory of former District Judge Judith N. Keep, who served as a United States District Judge in the Southern District of California for over twenty years and as the District's first female Chief Judge from 1991 to 1998. This year's seminar will focus on pretrial and trial practice, including making a record for appeal. The program will include four speaker panels featuring Ninth Circuit Judge John B. Owens and many Southern District of California District Judges and Magistrate Judges.

To RSVP, Click here.
Date Posted: 8/16/2021


Criminal Case Proceedings During the COVID-19 Public Emergency
Date Posted: 7/27/2021


Notice to all prospective CJA Criminal and Material Witness Defense Panel Members for the United States District Court for 2021-2023 Term.
Date Posted: 6/23/2021


Leave Due to New Federal Holiday for Juneteenth National Independence Day
Date Posted: 6/17/2021


See The Hon. David H. Bartick Award for Civility and Professionalism nomination form for details. All nominations shall be submitted on or before Friday, July 16, 2021..
Date Posted: 6/16/2021


Grand Jury Proceedings During COVID-19 Public Emergency
Date Posted: 6/16/2021


Criminal Case Proceedings During the COVID-19 Public Emergency
Date Posted: 6/11/2021


Civil Case Proceedings During the COVID-19 Public Emergency
Date Posted: 6/11/2021


Extending Interim Safety Protocols for In-Person Court Proceedings
Date Posted: 6/11/2021


Supplement to District Trial Reopening Plan
Date Posted: 6/11/2021


Criminal Case Proceedings During the Covid-19 Public Emergency
Date Posted: 5/24/2021


Civil Case Proceedings During the Covid-19 Public Emergency
Date Posted: 5/24/2021


Supplement to District Trial Reopening Plan
Date Posted: 5/24/2021


Pursuant to the Pro Bono Plan as adopted by General Order 596, the Court is once again soliciting applications for new law firms and attorneys to serve on the Panel. Law firms and attorneys currently serving on the Panel will remain on the Panel and need not reapply.
Date Posted: 5/17/2021


Proposed Local Rule Amendments
Date Posted: 5/4/2021


The Amendment of the Jury Selection Plan
Date Posted: 5/3/2021


Criminal Case Proceedings during the COVID-19 Public Emergency
Date Posted: 4/14/2021


Adoption of a Jury Selection Plan (As Amended) and Proposed Local Rule Change
Date Posted: 3/24/2021


District Protocol for Processing Applications under First Step Act
Date Posted: 3/4/2021 00:00


Criminal Case Proceedings During the Covid-19 Public Emergency
Date Posted: 3/2/2021 00:02


Civil Case Proceedings During the Covid-19 Public Emergency
Date Posted: 3/2/2021 00:01


Supplement to the District Trial Reopening Plan
Date Posted: 3/2/2021


Renewed Suspension of Jury Trials and other In-Person Proceedings during COVID-19 Public Emergency
Date Posted: 2/2/2021


Extending Interim Safety Protocols for In-Person Court Proceedings
Date Posted: 2/1/2021


Grand Jury Proceedings and Preliminary Hearings During Covid-19 Public Emergency
Date Posted: 2/1/2021


Use of Video Teleconferencing or Telephone Conferencing in certain Criminal Proceedings during COVID-19 Public Emergency
Date Posted: 1/25/2021


Extending Renewed Suspension of Jury Trials and Other In-Person Proceedings During COVID-19 Public Emergency
Date Posted: 1/14/2021


Extending Renewed Suspension of Jury Trials and Other In-Person Proceedings During Covid-19 Public Emergency
Date Posted: 1/4/2021


Adopting a Policy on Privacy and Public Access to Electronic Case Files
Date Posted: 12/22/2020


Admission Fee; Allocation of Admission Fee
Date Posted: 12/22/2020


The United States District Court in the Southern District of California is excited to announce the 2020 Civics Contest for high school students in the western United States, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. This essay and video contest offers cash prizes and a chance to meet some of the nation’s preeminent jurists and legal practitioners.
Date Posted: 12/18/2020


Adoption of a Jury Selection Plan (as amended) and Proposed Local Rule Change
Date Posted: 12/9/2020


Renewed Suspension of Jury Trials and other In-Person Proceedings during COVID-19 Public Emergency
Date Posted: 12/8/2020


Renewed Suspension of Jury Trials and other In-Person Proceedings during COVID-19 Public Emergency
Date Posted: 12/8/2020


Appointment of Attorneys to the Criminal Justice Act Material Witness Defense Advisory Committee
Date Posted: 12/3/2020


Proceedings During the Covid-19 Public Emergency
Date Posted: 11/19/2020


Extending Interim Safety Protocols for In-Person Court Proceedings
Date Posted: 11/18/2020


The United States District Court for the Southern District of California is pleased to announce the selection of Charles Halligan Adair as the 2020 recipient of the Hon. David H. Bartick Award for Civility and Professionalism. The Court also honors attorneys Bruce C. Smith and Peter J. Mazza as posthumous recipients of the Bartick Award.

Please see the attached press release for more information.

Date Posted: 10/16/2020


Adoption of a Jury Selection Plan (As Amended)
Date Posted: 10/15/2020


Proceedings During the Covid-19 Public Emergency
Date Posted: 10/14/2020


Extending Interim Safety Protocols for In-Person Court Proceedings
Date Posted: 10/14/2020


Appointing Stacey Kartchner Chairperson of the Material Witness Defense Advisory Panel
Date Posted: 10/5/2020


Extending COVID-19 Public Emergency Use of Video and Telephonic Conference Technology in Certain Criminal Proceedings
Date Posted: 9/29/2020


Extending Interim Safety Protocols for In-Person Court Proceedings
Date Posted: 9/29/2020


Proceedings During the COVID-19 Public Emergency
Date Posted: 9/18/2020


Proceedings During the Covid-19 Public Emergency
Date Posted: 9/17/2020


Date Posted: 8/27/2020


Adopting District Trial Reopening Plan
Date Posted: 8/25/2020


Extending Interim Safety Protocols for In-Person Court Proceedings
Date Posted: 8/14/2020


Proceedings During the COVID-19 Public Emergency
Date Posted: 8/14/2020


U.S. Pretrial Services Interviews
Date Posted: 7/23/2020


Plan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of CA pursuant to the Criminal Justice Act
Date Posted: 7/15/2020


Establishing the Position of Presiding Magistrate Judge
Date Posted: 7/15/2020


Proceedings During the COVID-19 Public Emergency
Date Posted: 7/13/2020


COVID-19 Public Emergency Use of Video and Telephonic Conference Technology in Certain Criminal Proceedings
Date Posted: 7/13/2020


Extending Interim Safety Protocols for In-Person Court Proceedings
Date Posted: 7/6/2020


Date Posted: 6/26/2020


Extending COVID-19 Public Emergency Use of Video and Telephonic Conference Technology in Certain Criminal Proceedings
Date Posted: 6/26/2020


Appointment of United States Magistrate Judge Daniel E. Butcher
Date Posted: 5/26/2020


Criminal Case Proceedings During the COVID-19 Public Emergency
Date Posted: 5/15/2020


Criminal Case Proceedings During the COVID-19 Public Emergency
Date Posted: 5/6/2020


Face Coverings During the COVID-19 Public Emergency
Date Posted: 4/30/2020


Proposed Local Rule Changes
Date Posted: 4/29/2020


Extending Suspension of Jury Trials and Other Proceedings during the COVID-19 Public Emergency
Date Posted: 4/15/2020


Click here for latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Court Operations announcements.
Date Posted: 4/6/2020


Proposed Local Rule Changes
Date Posted: 3/3/2020


Local Rules Amendment   Patent LR 2.6
Date Posted: 3/3/2020


Effective March 02, 2020, the AO Form 455 Waiver of Indictment will no longer be used by the Court. U.S. Magistrate Judges will elicit oral waivers of the right to indictment during proceedings in open court.
Date Posted: 2/28/2020


Reappointment of  Full-Time U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen S. Crawford
Date Posted: 2/11/2020


Proposed Local Rule Changes
Date Posted: 1/23/2020


An essay and video contest for high school students in the western United States and Pacific Islands. Entries accepted beginning February 15, 2020. Deadline for entries is March 25, 2020. Sponsored by the United States Courts for the Ninth Circuit.
Date Posted: 1/13/2020


Proposed Local Rule Changes
Date Posted: 1/8/2020


The U.S. District Court, Southern District of California will be upgrading its CM/ECF software to the Next Generation of CM/ECF (NextGen) on March 02, 2020. Click here to learn more.
Date Posted: 12/20/2019


Amendment of Criminal Justice Act Plan
Date Posted: 12/18/2019


Designation of Magistrate Judge in the Southern District of California for Magistrate Judge Stanley A. Boone (GO #719), Magistrate Judge Barry M. Kurren (GO #720), Magistrate Judge Robert A. McQuaid, Jr. (GO #721), Magistrate Judge Richard L. Puglisi (GO #722), Magistrate Judge John L. Weinberg (GO #723), and Magistrate F.A. Gossett III (CJO #13).
Date Posted: 12/9/2019


District Protocol for Processing Applications under First Step Act 603 (2018)
Date Posted: 11/20/2019


A comprehensive program for law enforcement, legal professionals, and victim services on how to more effectively identify, communicate with, and support persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in the criminal justice system.  Click here for more training information and details.
Date Posted: 11/1/2019


Notice - General Order #717
Appointment of Full-Time U.S. Magistrate Judge
Date Posted: 10/3/2019


Proposed Local Rule Changes
Date Posted: 10/3/2019


Reappointment of Full-Time U.S. Magistrate Judge Barbara L. Major
Date Posted: 10/3/2019


On Tuesday, October 15, 2019, the San Diego chapter of the Federal Bar Association will present Introduction to Federal Courts, an introductory level seminar geared toward recently admitted attorneys and those with little experience in federal court. The program features several panels of U.S. District Judges, U.S. Magistrate Judges, and judicial law clerks. The program also includes a presentation on federal jurisdiction and venue by James T. Wagstaffe and a presentation by the Clerk of Court, John Morrill. The panelists will include the Hon. Anthony J. Battaglia, the Hon. Barbara L. Major, and both civil and criminal practitioners.
Date Posted: 10/1/2019


Our Southern California major-league ballparks played host to brand-new U.S. citizens recently, as our federal district courts partnered with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to naturalize applicants at the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers stadiums.
Date Posted: 9/27/2019


The San Diego Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California will host the Annual State of the District Luncheon on Thursday, October 10, 2019. Space is limited, so register today at fbasd.org!

Date Posted: 9/20/2019


Appointment of the Chief Bankruptcy Judge
Date Posted: 9/10/2019


This annual seminar is dedicated to the memory of District Judge Judith N. Keep, who served as a United States District Judge in the Southern District of California for over twenty years and as the District’s first female Chief Judge from 1991 to 1998.
Date Posted: 8/29/2019


The United States District Court for the Southern District of California is pleased to announce that it has selected Frank J. Ragen as the first recipient of the Hon. David H. Bartick Award for Civility and Professionalism. Mr. Ragen has practiced for 46 years as a criminal defense attorney in the Southern District of California. Throughout his career, Mr. Ragen has conducted himself with a high level of integrity, civility, and professionalism that earned the respect of judges, prosecutors, and his colleagues.

 

Please see the attached press release for more information.

Date Posted: 8/23/2019


Appointment of United States Magistrate Judge Allison H. Goddard
Date Posted: 8/2/2019


Click here for more job opportunities.
Date Posted: 7/19/2019


All applications must be filed online between July 17, 2019 and October 17, 2019 by 4:00 PM (PST)
Date Posted: 7/17/2019


Adopting Selection Committee for Chief Probation Officer
Date Posted: 7/10/2019


POWER ACT Panel - Pro Bono Work to Empower and Represent Act

Learn about opportunities for pro bono service to support survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. And learn about opportunities to represent Pro Se litigants in the Southern District of California.


Thursday, August 1, 2019 @ 12 noon
Carter-Keep Courthouse
Jury Assembly Room

Featured Speakers:
• Dorothy Alther, Executive Director of California Indian Legal Services
• Yvette Lopez Cooper, Executive Direc-tor of the San Diego Family Justice Center
• Stephanie Baez, Supervising Attorney-Family Law and Domestic Violence for San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program

RSVP to: Gabriel_Peixoto@casd.uscourts.gov

Date Posted: 7/9/2019


CJO #3
Adopting Lawyer Representatives Selection Committee and Notice to Select New Lawyer Representatives.
Date Posted: 6/28/2019


The United States District Court for the Southern District of California is pleased to announce the creation of the “Hon. David H. Bartick Award for Civility and Professionalism.” This award will recognize one individual per year who has demonstrated civility and professionalism in his or her practice of law. The annual recipients of the Bartick Award will have their names engraved on a permanent award displayed in the lobby of the Carter/Keep courthouse.

Additional information about the award, including eligibility criteria and instructions for submitting a nomination, are attached. Nominations are due on or before July 12, 2019. The 2019 Bartick Award recipient will be announced at the October 10, 2019 State of the District Luncheon.
Date Posted: 6/21/2019


U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Bermudez Montenegro and her law clerk Devin H. Mirchi, both front and center, led students in practicing civil discourse skills as jurors at the courthouse in El Centro, California. In the courtroom, students used these skills during jury deliberations exploring their Fourth Amendment rights at school using a fictional scenario on vaping. Read Full Article.
Date Posted: 6/6/2019


Reappointment of United States Magistrate Judges Barbara L. Major and Karen S. Crawford.
Date Posted: 6/6/2019


Preliminary judging has been completed in the 2019 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest for high school students in the western United States, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. All told, over 1,300 young people entered the contest, which offers cash prizes and a chance to meet some of the nation’s preeminent jurists and legal practitioners.
Date Posted: 6/4/2019


The San Diego Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, in partnership with the University of San Diego School of Law, presents the 2019 Leadership in the Law Conference: Effective Leadership at All Levels. The attached flyer provides information on registration, location, speakers and cost.
Date Posted: 5/22/2019


Proposed Local Rule Changes and Comment Periods
The following General Orders outline proposals to change the local rules and when the comment periods end.

GO #705, Public Comment ending May 5, 2019
GO #706, Public Comment ending May 5, 2019
GO #709, Public Comment ending May 26, 2019
Date Posted: 5/3/2019


Screening New Inmates for Tuberculosis Prior to Court Appearance
Date Posted: 4/30/2019


Trial and Media Protocol during the Apple, Inc. v. Qualcomm Incorporated Proceedings
Date Posted: 4/19/2019


Designation of Magistrate Judge Robert A. McQuaid, Jr. (GO #694). Designation of Magistrate Judge Barry M. Kurren (GO #695). Designation of Magistrate Judge Stanley A. Boone (GO #696). Designation of Magistrate Judge Karen Strombom (GO #697). Designation of Magistrate Judge F.A. Gossett III (GO #698). Designation of Magistrate Judge Carolyn S. Ostby (GO #699). Designation of Magistrate Judge Richard L. Puglisi (GO #700). Designation of Magistrate Judge Jacqueline S. Corley (GO #701). Designation of Magistrate Judge John L. Weinberg (GO #702). Designation of Magistrate Judge Nathanael M. Cousins (GO #703) in the Southern District of California.

Date Posted: 4/15/2019


Adopting Disciplinary Committee.
Date Posted: 4/12/2019 04:00


General Consent to U.S. Magistrate Judge Social Security Cases
Date Posted: 4/12/2019 03:00


Notice - General Order #677-A
8 U.S.C. § 1325 Trial Assignments
Date Posted: 4/12/2019 01:00


Contest Rules, entry instructions are posted! Visit Ninth Circuit Civic Contest page for more details.
Date Posted: 2/25/2019


District Protocol For Processing Applications Under First Step Act § 404 (2018)
Date Posted: 2/8/2019


Notice - General Order #691
Appointment of Full-Time United States Magistrate Judge
Date Posted: 2/8/2019


Operating the court in absence of an appropriation or continuing resolution.
Date Posted: 1/11/2019


Final Criminal Defense Attorney Panel appointments selected list for U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California for term 2018-2020.

Date Posted: 12/3/2018


Proposed Local Rule Changes - The period for public comment on the proposed local rule changes will be until November 5, 2018. Any comments should be submitted to the Clerk, U.S. District Court, at 333 West Broadway, Ste. 420, San Diego, California, 92101.
Date Posted: 10/25/2018


CJA Attorney requests for holds or hiatuses of appointments have a significant impact on 1325 Misdemeanor duty and El Centro duty week schedules, the Court now requires that the requesting...
Date Posted: 10/15/2018


The San Diego Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California will host the Annual State of the District Luncheon on Wednesday, October 24, 2018. Space is limited, so register today at www.fbasd.org!

For questions, please contact David Finn at  David.Finn@usdoj.gov.
Date Posted: 10/9/2018


Click here for CJA Defense Panel for Term 2018-2020 and Appellate Panel for Term 2019-2020 instructions and on-line application.

Date Posted: 10/5/2018


Selection of Lawyer Representatives
The Southern District of California is now accepting applications for new Lawyer Representatives. Applications must be submitted by Friday, September 28, 2018. Interested attorneys may send applications to the United States District Court, Southern District of California, 333 W. Broadway, Suite 420, San Diego, CA 92101, Attention: Lisa Christensen. Please note on envelope: "Lawyer Representative Application Enclosed."
Date Posted: 9/24/2018


Appointment of United States Magistrate Judge Ruth Bermudez Montenegro, stationed in El Centro, CA.
Date Posted: 9/24/2018


8 U.S.C § 1325 Trial Assignments
Date Posted: 8/13/2018


The San Diego Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, in partnership with the University of San Diego School of Law and other supporting organizations, is pleased to present the 2018 Equality in the Law Conference.

Date Posted: 8/8/2018


This annual seminar is dedicated to the memory of District Judge Judith N. Keep, who served as a United States District Judge in the Southern District of California for over twenty years and as the District’s first female Chief Judge from 1991 to 1998.
Date Posted: 8/7/2018


Student Practice in the Southern District of California
Date Posted: 6/12/2018


This introductory level seminar is geared toward recently admitted attorneys and those with little experience in federal court.
Date Posted: 6/8/2018


Creation of Criminal Case Management Committee
Date Posted: 5/22/2018


Appointment of Adam L. Braverman as United States Attorney
Date Posted: 3/27/2018


Local Rules Amendments to CV L.R. 83.8.e and Public Comment Period
Date Posted: 3/6/2018


The contest submission period will open on February 1, 2018.  For more information visit: http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/civicscontest
Date Posted: 2/22/2018


​Intent to amend Criminal Local Rule 57.2.1.a.1 following a period of public comment until March 15, 2018.
Date Posted: 2/15/2018


Notice - General Order #666 Appointment of Full-Time United States Magistrate Judge
Date Posted: 2/5/2018


Date Posted: 12/22/2017


​Local Rules Amendments-Comment Period thru January 15, 2018. Submit comments to the Clerk, U.S. District Court, 333 W. Broadway, Suite 420, San Diego, CA 92101
Date Posted: 12/14/2017


Date Posted: 12/5/2017


Amendment of Criminal Justice Act Plan
Date Posted: 11/14/2017


​Reappointment of Full-Time United States Magistrate Judge Bernard G. Skomal
Date Posted: 9/25/2017


CJA MATERIAL WITNESS ATTORNEY PANEL APPLICATION FOR TERM 2017-2019
ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE FILED ONLINE BETWEEN  AUGUST 1, 2017 AND OCTOBER 17, 2017 BY 4:00 PM (Pacific Standard Time)
Date Posted: 8/8/2017


CJA DEFENSE ATTORNEY PANEL APPLICATION FOR TERM 2017-2019
ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE FILED ONLINE BETWEEN  JULY 17, 2017 AND OCTOBER 17, 2017 BY 4:00 PM (Pacific Standard Time)  
Date Posted: 8/1/2017


Lawyer Representative Announcement and Application
The Southern District of California is now accepting applications for new Lawyer Representatives.  The procedures for the selection of Lawyer Representatives, as well as the application can be found below. Applications must be submitted by Friday, July, 21, 2017.
Date Posted: 7/4/2017


​Reappointment of Full-Time United States Magistrate Judge William V. Gallo
Date Posted: 6/15/2017


Notice - General Order #660
Reappointment of Full-Time Magistrate Judge Bernard G. Skomal
Date Posted: 5/25/2017


The Naming of the Sixteenth Floor Conference Room
Date Posted: 4/25/2017


Waiver of Pacer Fees for RJ Donovan Correctional Center
Date Posted: 4/25/2017


Student Practice in the Southern District of California