Honorable Catherine E. Bauer

Judge Tabs


United States Bankruptcy Court
Central District of California
Ronald Reagan Federal Building and Courthouse
411 West Fourth Street, Suite 5165 / Courtroom 5D
Santa Ana, CA 92701-4593

(714) 338-5450

Courtroom Deputy
(714) 338-5366

Court Recorder Contact
(714) 338-5369

Emergency Motion Contact
(714) 338-5450


Telephonic Instructions

Effective March 1, 2010

Telephonic appearances before Judge Catherine E. Bauer in Courtroom 5D are generally allowed.  No telephone appearances are allowed for the Chapter 13 calendar or any evidentiary hearings.  In order to appear telephonically counsel must adhere to the following procedure:

Standard procedure:

Telephone appearances may be arranged by calling Court Call, an independent conference call company until the start of the scheduled hearing.  Counsel may reach Court Call at (866) 582-6878.

Individuals choosing to appear telephonically do so at their own risk.  Hearings generally will not be rescheduled due to missed connections.  Furthermore, in deciding to appear telephonically, counsel is agreeing to waive any prejudice attributable to quality deficiencies or irregularities of the record that may result.

Please be advised that poor reception will cause counsel’s appearance to be disconnected.  Repeated poor connections may cause counsel to be banned from future telephonic appearances.

If an individual schedules a telephonic appearance and then fails to respond to the call of a matter on calendar, the court may pass the matter or may treat the failure to respond as a failure to appear.  Scheduling simultaneous telephonic appearances in multiple courts does not excuse a failure to appear when a matter is placed on calendar.

Before appearing, check Judge Bauer’s calendar and review any tentative ruling on WebPACER.

Printable version of Judge Bauer's Telephonic Appearance Procedures

About the Judge



  • University of California, Los Angeles, 1982
  • University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, J.D., 1985

Career Record:

  • 1985-2000: Bank of America N.A., Office of General Counsel
  • 2001-2010: United States Attorney's Office, Central District of California
  • Admitted to the California Bar, 1985

 Professional Memberships:

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Financial Lawyers Conference
  • National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges
  • State Bar of California


  • Most Frequently Chosen Mediator in the Central District
  • Most Conferences Settled in Mediation in the Central District
  • Hon. William J. Lasarow Award for Outstanding Service
  • Public Counsel Advocate of the Year
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