United States District Court for the Central District of California

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United States District Court for the Central District of California
(C.D. Cal.)
CD CA seal.jpg
Divisions of the CDCA: Eastern Division in yellow, Southern Division in red, Western Division in blue
Appeals to Ninth Circuit
Established September 18, 1966
Judges assigned 28
Chief Judge Virginia A. Phillips

The United States District Court for the Central District of California (in case citations, C.D. Cal.; commonly referred to as the CDCA or CACD) serves over 19 million people in Southern and Central California, making it the most populous federal judicial district.[1] The district was created on September 18, 1966.

Cases from the Central District are appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the United States government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).


California was admitted as a state on September 9, 1850, and was initially divided into two districts, the Northern and the Southern, by Act of Congress approved September 28, 1850, 9 Stat. 521.[2] The boundary line was at the 37th parallel of North Latitude.[3] The Southern District of California was abolished and the State made to constitute a single district – the United States District Court for the District of California – by Act of Congress approved July 27, 1866, 14 Stat. 300.[2][3] Twenty years later, on August 5, 1886, Congress re-created the Southern District of California by 24 Stat. 308,[3] but it was not until March 18, 1966, that the Eastern and Central Districts were created from portions of the Northern and Southern Districts by 80 Stat. 75.[2]


The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California is divided into three divisions, with jurisdiction over seven counties: Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura.

The Eastern Division covers Riverside and San Bernardino Counties at the Riverside courthouse.

The Southern Division covers Orange County from the Ronald Reagan Federal Building and Courthouse in Santa Ana.

The Western Division covers Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties. Cases are heard in two courthouses in downtown Los Angeles, the older Spring Street Courthouse and the newer Edward R. Roybal Courthouse.

U.S. Attorney[edit]

The United States Attorney for the Central District represents the United States Government in civil and criminal cases before the court. The Acting United States Attorney has been Nicola T. Hanna since January 5, 2018.

Current district judges[edit]

# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
60 Chief Judge Virginia A. Phillips Los Angeles 1957 1999–present 2016–present Clinton
12 District Judge Manuel Real Los Angeles 1924 1966–present 1982–1993 L. Johnson
37 District Judge Stephen Victor Wilson Los Angeles 1941 1985–present Reagan
56 District Judge David O. Carter Santa Ana 1944 1998–present Clinton
61 District Judge Percy Anderson Los Angeles 1948 2002–present G.W. Bush
62 District Judge John F. Walter Los Angeles 1944 2002–present G.W. Bush
63 District Judge R. Gary Klausner Los Angeles 1941 2002–present G.W. Bush
64 District Judge S. James Otero Los Angeles 1951 2003–present G.W. Bush
65 District Judge James V. Selna Santa Ana 1945 2003–present G.W. Bush
66 District Judge Cormac J. Carney Santa Ana 1959 2003–present G.W. Bush
67 District Judge Dale S. Fischer Los Angeles 1951 2003–present G.W. Bush
70 District Judge Andrew J. Guilford Santa Ana 1950 2006–present G.W. Bush
72 District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez Los Angeles 1959 2007–present G.W. Bush
73 District Judge Otis D. Wright II Los Angeles 1944 2007–present G.W. Bush
74 District Judge George H. Wu Los Angeles 1950 2007–present G.W. Bush
76 District Judge Dolly M. Gee Los Angeles 1959 2010–present Obama
77 District Judge Josephine L. Staton Santa Ana 1961 2010–present Obama
78 District Judge John A. Kronstadt Los Angeles 1951 2011–present Obama
79 District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald Los Angeles 1959 2012–present Obama
80 District Judge Jesus G. Bernal Riverside 1963 2012–present Obama
81 District Judge Fernando M. Olguin Los Angeles 1961 2013–present Obama
83 District Judge André Birotte Jr. Los Angeles 1966 2014–present Obama
84 District Judge vacant
85 District Judge vacant
86 District Judge vacant
87 District Judge vacant
88 District Judge vacant
89 District Judge vacant
23 Senior Judge Terry J. Hatter, Jr. Los Angeles 1933 1979–2005 1998–2001 2005–present Carter
26 Senior Judge Consuelo Bland Marshall Los Angeles 1936 1980–2005 2001–2005 2005–present Carter
35 Senior Judge William Duffy Keller Los Angeles 1934 1984–1999 1999–present Reagan
41 Senior Judge Ronald S.W. Lew Los Angeles 1941 1987–2006 2006–present Reagan
51 Senior Judge Dean D. Pregerson Los Angeles 1951 1996–2016 2016–present Clinton
52 Senior Judge Christina A. Snyder Los Angeles 1947 1997–2016 2016–present Clinton
71 Senior Judge Valerie Baker Fairbank Los Angeles 1949 2007–2012 2012–present G.W. Bush

Vacancies and pending nominations[edit]

Seat Seat last held by Vacancy reason Date of vacancy Nominee Date of nomination
10 Audrey B. Collins Retirement August 1, 2014
8 Margaret M. Morrow Senior status October 29, 2015
11 Dean D. Pregerson Senior status January 28, 2016
1 Christina A. Snyder Senior status November 23, 2016
27 George H. King Retirement January 6, 2017
4 Beverly Reid O'Connell Death October 8, 2017

Former district judges[edit]

# Judge State Born–died Active service Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
Yankwich, Leon ReneLeon Rene Yankwich CA 1888–1975 1966[4]–1975 Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt death
Byrne, Sr., William MatthewWilliam Matthew Byrne, Sr. CA 1896–1974 1966[5]–1974 Truman, Truman death
1 Hall, Peirson MitchellPeirson Mitchell Hall CA 1894–1979 1966[6]–1968 1968–1979 Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt death
2 Clarke, ThurmondThurmond Clarke CA 1902–1971 1966[7]–1970 1966–1970 1970–1971 Eisenhower, Eisenhower death
3 Stephens, Jr., Albert LeeAlbert Lee Stephens, Jr. CA 1913–2001 1966[8]–1979 1970–1979 1979–2001 Kennedy, Kennedy death
4 Carr, Charles HardyCharles Hardy Carr CA 1903–1976 1966[9]–1973 1973–1976 Kennedy, Kennedy death
5 Curtis, Jr., Jesse WilliamJesse William Curtis, Jr. CA 1905–2008 1966[9]–1975 1975–1990 Kennedy, Kennedy retirement
6 Crary, Elisha AveryElisha Avery Crary CA 1905–1978 1966[9]–1975 1975–1978 Kennedy, Kennedy death
7 Whelan, Francis C.Francis C. Whelan CA 1907–1991 1966[10]–1978 1978–1991 Johnson, L.L. Johnson death
8 Hill, IrvingIrving Hill CA 1915–1998 1966[10]–1980 1979–1980 1980–1998 Johnson, L.L. Johnson death
9 Andrew Hauk, A.A. Andrew Hauk CA 1912–2004 1966[11]–1982 1980–1982 1982–2004 Johnson, L.L. Johnson death
10 Gray, William PercivalWilliam Percival Gray CA 1912–1992 1966[11]–1982 1982–1992 Johnson, L.L. Johnson death
11 Ferguson, Warren J.Warren J. Ferguson CA 1920–2008 1966–1979 Johnson, L.L. Johnson appointment to 9th Cir.
13 Pregerson, HarryHarry Pregerson CA 1923–2017 1967–1979 Johnson, L.L. Johnson appointment to 9th Cir.
14 Williams, David W.David W. Williams CA 1910–2000 1969–1981 1981–2000 Nixon, Nixon death
15 Kelleher, Robert J.Robert J. Kelleher CA 1913–2012 1970–1983 1983–2012 Nixon death
16 Byrne, Jr., William MatthewWilliam Matthew Byrne, Jr. CA 1930–2006 1971–1998 1994–1998 1998–2006 Nixon, Nixon death
17 Lucas, Malcolm M.Malcolm M. Lucas CA 1927–2016 1971–1984 Nixon, Nixon resignation
18 Lydick, Lawrence TupperLawrence Tupper Lydick CA 1916–1995 1971–1984 1984–1995 Nixon, Nixon death
19 Firth, RobertRobert Firth CA 1918–1984 1974–1979 1979–1984 Nixon, Nixon death
20 Takasugi, Robert MitsuhiroRobert Mitsuhiro Takasugi CA 1930–2009 1976–1996 1996–2009 Ford, Ford death
21 Waters, Sr., Laughlin EdwardLaughlin Edward Waters, Sr. CA 1914–2002 1976–1986 1986–2002 Ford, Ford death
22 Pfaelzer, MarianaMariana Pfaelzer CA 1926–2015 1978–1997 1997–2015 Carter, Carter death
24 Tashima, A. WallaceA. Wallace Tashima CA 1934–present 1980–1996 Carter, Carter appointment to 9th Cir.
25 Kenyon, David VreelandDavid Vreeland Kenyon CA 1930–2015 1980–1995 1995–1997 Carter, Carter retirement
27 Hall, Cynthia HolcombCynthia Holcomb Hall CA 1929–2011 1981–1984 Reagan, Reagan appointment to 9th Cir.
28 Gadbois, Jr., Richard ArthurRichard Arthur Gadbois, Jr. CA 1932–1996 1982–1996 1996 Reagan, Reagan death
29 Rafeedie, EdwardEdward Rafeedie CA 1929–2008 1982–1996 1996–2008 Reagan, Reagan death
30 Rymer, Pamela AnnPamela Ann Rymer CA 1941–2011 1983–1989 Reagan, Reagan appointment to 9th Cir.
31 Hupp, Harry LindleyHarry Lindley Hupp CA 1929–2004 1984–1997 1997–2004 Reagan, Reagan death
32 Stotler, Alicemarie HuberAlicemarie Huber Stotler CA 1942–2014 1984–2009 2005–2009 2009–2014 Reagan, Reagan death
33 Ideman, James M.James M. Ideman CA 1931–present 1984–1998 1998 Reagan, Reagan retirement
34 Rea, William J.William J. Rea CA 1920–2005 1984–1998 1998–2005 Reagan, Reagan death
36 Fernandez, Ferdinand FrancisFerdinand Francis Fernandez CA 1937–present 1985–1989 Reagan, Reagan appointment to 9th Cir.
38 Letts, John SpencerJohn Spencer Letts CA 1934–2014 1985–2000 2000–2014 Reagan, Reagan death
39 Tevrizian, Jr., Dickran M.Dickran M. Tevrizian, Jr. CA 1940–present 1985–2005 2005–2007 Reagan, Reagan retirement
40 Davies, JohnJohn Davies CA 1929–present 1986–1998 Reagan, Reagan retirement
42 Bonner, Robert C.Robert C. Bonner CA 1942–present 1989–1990 Bush, G.H.W.G.H.W. Bush resignation
43 Taylor, Gary L.Gary L. Taylor CA 1938–present 1990–2004 2004–2005 Bush, G.H.W.G.H.W. Bush retirement
44 Baird, Lourdes GillespieLourdes Gillespie Baird CA 1935–present 1992–2004 2004–2005 Bush, G.H.W.G.H.W. Bush retirement
45 McLaughlin, Linda HodgeLinda Hodge McLaughlin CA 1942–1999 1992–1999 Bush, G.H.W.G.H.W. Bush death
46 Collins, Audrey B.Audrey B. Collins CA 1945–present 1994–2014 2009–2012 Clinton retirement
47 Paez, RichardRichard Paez CA 1947–present 1994–2000 Clinton, Clinton appointment to 9th Cir.
48 Timlin, RobertRobert Timlin CA 1932–2017 1994–2005 2005–2017 Clinton, Clinton death
49 King, George H.George H. King CA 1951–present 1995–2017 2012–2016 Clinton, Clinton retirement
50 Wardlaw, Kim McLaneKim McLane Wardlaw CA 1954–present 1995–1998 Clinton, Clinton appointment to 9th Cir.
53 Moreno, Carlos R.Carlos R. Moreno CA 1948–present 1998–2001 Clinton, Clinton resignation
54 Morrow, Margaret M.Margaret M. Morrow CA 1950–present 1998–2015 2015–2016 Clinton, Clinton retirement
55 Matz, HowardHoward Matz CA 1943–present 1998–2011 2011–2013 Clinton, Clinton retirement
57 Manella, Nora MargaretNora Margaret Manella CA 1951–present 1998–2006 Clinton, Clinton resignation
58 Feess, Gary AllenGary Allen Feess CA 1948–present 1999–2014 2014–2015 Clinton, Clinton retirement
59 Cooper, Florence-MarieFlorence-Marie Cooper CA 1940–2010 1999–2010 Clinton, Clinton death
68 Schiavelli, George P.George P. Schiavelli CA 1948–present 2004–2008 Bush, G.W.G.W. Bush resignation
69 Larson, Stephen G.Stephen G. Larson CA 1964–present 2006–2009 Bush, G.W.G.W. Bush resignation
75 Nguyen, JacquelineJacqueline Nguyen CA 1965–present 2009–2012 Obama, Obama appointment to 9th Cir.
82 Beverly Reid O'Connell CA 1965–2017 2013–2017 Obama, Obama death

Chief judges[edit]

Chief judges have administrative responsibilities with respect to their district court, and preside over any panel on which they serve unless circuit judges are also on the panel. Unlike the Supreme Court, where one justice is specifically nominated to be chief, the office of chief judge rotates among the district court judges. To be chief, a judge must have been in active service on the court for at least one year, be under the age of 65, and have not previously served as chief judge. A vacancy is filled by the judge highest in seniority among the group of qualified judges. The chief judge serves for a term of seven years or until age 70, whichever occurs first. The age restrictions are waived if no members of the court would otherwise be qualified for the position.

When the office was created in 1948, the chief judge was the longest-serving judge who had not elected to retire on what has since 1958 been known as senior status or declined to serve as chief judge. After August 6, 1959, judges could not become or remain chief after turning 70 years old. The current rules have been in operation since October 1, 1982.

Succession of seats[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Our District – USAO-CDCA
  2. ^ a b c U.S. District Courts of California, Legislative history, Federal Judicial Center.
  3. ^ a b c Willoughby Rodman, History of the Bench and Bar of Southern California (1909), p. 46.
  4. ^ Initially appointed to the Southern District of California in 1935 by Franklin D. Roosevelt; reassigned to the Central District of California in 1966.
  5. ^ Initially appointed to the Southern District of California in 1950 by Harry S. Truman; reassigned to the Central District of California in 1966.
  6. ^ Initially appointed to the Southern District of California in 1942 by Franklin D. Roosevelt; reassigned to the Central District of California in 1966.
  7. ^ Initially appointed to the Southern District of California in 1955 by Dwight D. Eisenhower; reassigned to the Central District of California in 1966.
  8. ^ Initially appointed to the Southern District of California in 1961 by John F. Kennedy; reassigned to the Central District of California in 1966.
  9. ^ a b c Initially appointed to the Southern District of California in 1962 by John F. Kennedy; reassigned to the Central District of California in 1966.
  10. ^ a b Initially appointed to the Southern District of California in 1965 by Lyndon B. Johnson; reassigned to the Central District of California in 1966.
  11. ^ a b Initially appointed to the Southern District of California in 1966 by Lyndon B. Johnson; reassigned to the Central District of California in 1966.

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