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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.Our District – USAO-CDCA
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, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit). Along with the Central District of Illinois, the court is the only district court referred to by the name "Central" – all other courts with similar geographical names instead use the term "Middle."


History

California was admitted as a state on September 9, 1850, and was initially divided into two districts, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, Northern and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, Southern, by Act of Congress approved September 28, 1850, 9 Stat. 521. The boundary line was at the 37th parallel of North Latitude.Willoughby Rodman, ''History of the Bench and Bar of Southern California'' (1909), p. 46. 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. Twenty years later, on August 5, 1886, Congress re-created the Southern District of California by 24 Stat. 308, but it was not until March 18, 1966, that the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, Eastern and Central Districts were created from portions of the Northern and Southern Districts by 80 Stat. 75.


Divisions

The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California is divided into three divisions, with jurisdiction over seven counties: Riverside County, California, Riverside, San Bernardino County, California, San Bernardino, Orange County, California, Orange, Los Angeles County, California, Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo County, California, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara County, California, Santa Barbara, and Ventura County, California, Ventura. The Eastern Division covers Riverside County, California, Riverside and San Bernardino County, California, San Bernardino Counties at the Riverside, California, Riverside courthouse. The Southern Division covers Orange County, California, Orange County from the Ronald Reagan Federal Building and Courthouse (California), Ronald Reagan Federal Building and Courthouse in Santa Ana, California, Santa Ana. The Western Division covers Los Angeles County, California, Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo County, California, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara County, California, Santa Barbara, and Ventura County, California, Ventura Counties. Cases are heard in two courthouses in downtown Los Angeles. All but two district judges are located in the new First Street Courthouse, whereas magistrate judges and two district judges maintain chambers in the Edward R. Roybal Federal Building and United States Courthouse, Edward R. Roybal Courthouse.


United States Attorney for the Central District of California

The United States Attorney for the Central District of California represents the United States Government in civil and criminal cases before the court. The Acting United States Attorney has been Tracy L. Wilkison since January 8, 2021.


Current judges

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Vacancies and pending nominations


Former judges


Chief judges


Succession of seats


See also

* Courts of California * List of current United States district judges * List of United States federal courthouses in California


References


External links


United States District Court, Central District of California

United States Attorney's Office, Central District of California
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