United States District Court, Central District of California

Local Rules

Rule Name:Chapter:Last Revised:
F.R.Civ.P. 8. General Rules of PleadingChapter I: Local Civil Rules, Integrated with Titles of Federal Rules of Civil Procedure02/2009

F.R.Civ.P. 8. General Rules of Pleading

L.R. 8-1 Jurisdiction - Allegations . The statutory or other basis for the exercise of jurisdiction by this Court shall be plainly stated in the first paragraph of any document invoking this Court’s jurisdiction.

L.R. 8-2 Three-Judge Court - Identification in Pleading . If a party contends that the matter filed requires hearing by a court composed of three judges, the words “Three-Judge Court” shall be typed immediately below the docket number.

L.R. 8-3 Response to Initial Complaint. A stipulation extending the time to respond to the initial complaint shall be filed with the Clerk. If the stipulation, together with any prior stipulations, does not extend the time for more than a cumulative total of thirty (30) days from the date the response initially would have been due, the stipulation need not be approved by the judge. Any such stipulation must have as its title “Stipulation to Extend Time to Respond to Initial Complaint By Not More than 30 days (L.R. 8-3)”. Directly beneath the title, the parties shall state when the Complaint was served, when a response currently is due, and when it will be due following the filing of the stipulation. For example:

John Smith

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CV 08-20000-ABC (RZx)
Stipulation to Extend Time to Respond to Initial Complaint By Not More Than 30 Days (L.R. 8-3)

Complaint served: September 15, 2008
Current response date: October 6, 2008
New response date: November 5, 2008