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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT – SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA – GENERAL ORDER LIFTING STAY OF CIVIL MATTERS INVOLVING THE UNITED STATES AS A DEFENDANT

On January 9, 2019, the Court adopted General Order 688 staying civil matters in which the United States is a Defendant, in light of the lapse in appropriations to the 20 Department of Justice that occurred on December 21, 2018. On January 25, 2019, 21 appropriations were restored to the Department of Justice. On January 28, 2019, the United 22 States Attorney’s office informed the Court that furloughed employees of the Civil 23 Division of the United States Attorney’s office were authorized to return to work and 24 resume their duties. The Court therefore orders:

(1) The stay entered by General Order 688 is lifted.

(2) As indicated in General Order 688, all due dates, deadlines, and cut-off dates in cases impacted by General Order 688 are extended “for a period of time commensurate with the duration of the lapse in appropriations.” The lapse in appropriations lasted 35 days (December 21, 2018-January 25, 2019). Accordingly, all deadlines, due dates, and cut-off dates in cases subject to General Order 688 are extended for 35 days. This includes dates falling after January 25, 2019, unless otherwise agreed by the parties or ordered by the assigned District Judge or Magistrate Judge.

(3) All court appearances impacted by the lapse m appropriations will be 8 rescheduled by the assigned Magistrate Judge or District Judge.

(4) Counsel for the United States in each case affected by General Order 688 must provide a copy of this Order to the opposing party and initiate meet and confer discussions regarding the impact of the stay. If the parties disagree regarding the impact of the 35-day extension in any case, the parties must meet and confer regarding their disagreement, and then contact the assigned District Judge or Magistrate Judge for additional guidance if they are unable to reach an agreement.

(5) The parties must jointly contact chambers no later than February 11, 2019, for additional guidance regarding rescheduling of impacted court events, unless the Court has already issued new dates.

(6) Any litigant affected by this General Order may seek relief from the order by motion. The Court may, in any particular case, vary the effect or operation of this General Order by a separate ruling.

See complete Order at:
https://www.casd.uscourts.gov/Rules/GeneralOrders/Lists/General%20Orders/Attachments/230/General%20Order%20688-A.pdf