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Honorable Vincent P. Zurzolo

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United States Bankruptcy Court
Central District of California
Edward R. Roybal Federal Building and Courthouse
255 E. Temple Street, Suite 1360 / Courtroom 1368
Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 894-3755

Courtroom Deputy:
(213) 894-5855

Court Recorder Contact:
(213) 894-4857

Emergency Motion Contacts:
(213) 894-3635
(213) 894-3755


Chapter 13

Chapter 13 Calendar   07/25/2016

Consent Calendar  07/19/2016

Telephonic Instructions


Honorable Vincent P. Zurzolo
United States Bankruptcy Judge

Judge Zurzolo approves some requests for telephonic appearances at hearings and status conferences. He does not approve telephonic appearances for: (1) pre-trial conferences; (2) chapter 13 plan confirmation hearings; (3) chapter 13 miscellaneous hearings; or (4) attorneys who have not filed papers in connection with the hearing/status conference. Please follow the guidelines below:

I.      Check Tentative Rulings

It is possible that a matter has been posted “no appearance required.” Please check the “Tentative Rulings” link on the main page of the court’s website at

Monday Chapter 13 Confirmation & Miscellaneous matters - no tentative rulings.
Tuesday hearings - tentative rulings are posted the prior Thursday or Friday.
Thursday hearings/status conferences - tentative rulings are posted the prior Tuesday.

II.      Advance Request

At least 2 full court days prior to a hearing or status conference, contact Judge Zurzolo’s law clerk (213-894-3721 or 213-894-3755). Please provide the following information:  

  • Confirm that you have read all of these procedures
  • Identify type of paper filed for this matter (e.g. motion, opposition, joint status report, etc.)
  • Date and time of hearing/status conference
  • Name & BK case number of Debtor, and Adversary Proceeding number (if applicable)
  • Name & phone # of attorney requesting appearance.
  • Confirmation that the attorney is either admitted to practice in the Central District of California or has received court approval to appear pro hac vice.
  • Name of client
  • Specific reason(s) for request (location, unavoidable scheduling, emergency, etc.)

A clerk will promptly call back to provide notice of Judge Zurzolo’s decision.

III.      Conditions for Approval

If only one attorney is approved for a specific time, that attorney has the choice to call the chambers line directly or via Court Call on the day of the hearing/status conference.

If more than one attorney is approved for a specific time, all approved attorneys must call together on one line, as there is only one phone line available in the courtroom. The first attorney approved has the choice of calling chambers directly via conference call, or having all approved attorneys use a pay service. All attorneys approved must cooperate to place the call.

IV.      Making the Telephonic Appearance on the Day of the Hearing/Status Conference

TIME -- Call 10 minutes prior to the hearing/status conference (213-894-3755).
METHOD – Call on a regular land-line. Absolutely no cell phones or speaker phones.

Updated 7/9/2009

Printable version of Judge Zurzolo's Telephonic Appearance Procedures


About the Judge



  • University of California, San Diego, 1978, B.A.
  • University of California, Davis, School of Law, 1982, J.D.


  • 2011 Calvin Ashland Award for Judge of the Year - awarded by the Central District Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Association
  • 2011 Leadership Award - awarded by the Public Counsel Law Center, Los Angeles
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