As a result of the District Judges’ caseload in the Fresno Division, the Eastern District of California is assigning civil cases to the court’s Sacramento Division on a random basis beginning April 1, 2014.  Dispositive motions, the final pretrial conference and trial will occur in Sacramento and non-dispositive and discovery motions will occur in the Fresno Division, at the discretion of the assigned District Judge.  The only exception will be if all parties affirmatively consent to a Magistrate Judge in the Fresno Division.  If all parties affirmatively consent to Magistrate Judge jurisdiction, all hearings will remain in the Fresno Division and will not be transferred to Sacramento.  The parties may consent or withhold consent to Magistrate Judge jurisdiction without any adverse substantive consequences.

Information on Consent to Proceed Before a Magistrate Judge