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Honorable Barry Russell

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United States Bankruptcy Court
Central District of California
Edward R. Roybal Federal Building and Courthouse
255 E. Temple Street, Suite 1660 / Courtroom 1668
Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 894-6091

Courtroom Deputy
(213) 894-3687

Court Recorder Contact
(213) 894-5011

Emergency Motion Contacts
(213) 894-3687
(213) 894-6093


Phone/Video Appearances

(Updated September 28, 2023)

Judge Russell will be holding hearings both in person and via Zoom for Government (“ZoomGov”) ( It is extremely important that counsel and all interested parties read the Judge’s tentative rulings on his law and motion/trial calendar very carefully as the tentative rulings will indicate whether an in person appearance at a hearing is mandatory.

The calendar with tentative rulings will be posted approximately one week prior to the scheduled hearing(s) and can be accessed at the following web address: Click on the “Select Judge” tab on the upper left side of the screen and select Judge Russell.

All participants (whether attending in person or remotely) must observe the formalities of the courtroom, exercise civility, and otherwise conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the dignity of the Court. This includes appropriate courtroom attire for those participants appearing in person or by video.

In Person appearances:  If an in person appearance is required, all counsel, parties and witnesses are to appear in Courtroom 1668 at 255 East Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 and no appearance(s) will be allowed by any person either telephonically or via ZoomGov.

All persons present in the courtroom must abide by all Covid 19-related safety procedures at all times including, but not limited to, the wearing of face masks and the observation of social distancing. For the sake of everyone’s safety and respect for others, there will be no exceptions to this Covid 19 policy. Water is no longer provided at the counsel tables.

ZoomGov appearances: For ZoomGov hearings, the first page of Judge Russell’s publicly posted hearing calendar will provide video and audio connection information for the hearings. All ZoomGov appearances by attorneys shall be by video on a laptop computer or on a ZoomGov interface on a mobile device or tablet.

If an unexpected emergency arises on the day of the hearing, attorneys who wish to appear by calling in to the ZoomGov telephone conference line must contact chambers at (213) 894-6091 and obtain approval to appear telephonically on ZoomGov. The Courtroom Deputy will be in court and unavailable to contact by phone on the day of each hearing.

Attorneys who are aware prior to the hearing date that they cannot appear at an in person hearing must contact the Courtroom Deputy at  (213) 894-3687 prior to the hearing date to obtain approval to appear telephonically via ZoomGov.

All parties must notify the Court of his/her appearance, whether in person or via ZoomGov, no later than 2:00 p.m. on the day prior to the hearing by emailing the Courtroom Deputy at In the subject line of the e-mail, please specify the date, time and calendar number(s) of the hearing(s) (for example: Re: September 15, 2023, 10:00 a.m., Calendar No. # , In Person/ZoomGov).

The audio portion of each hearing will be recorded electronically by the Court and shall constitute its official record.



The Judicial Conference of the United States Courts has set forth the following policies with respect to video and audio broadcasting (aka remote conduct and appearances) of courtroom matters.  The full policy is attached to this memorandum.

  1. The current exceptions to “Cameras in the Courtroom Policy” terminate on September 21, 2023.
  2. The new policies will govern all civil and bankruptcy proceedings (District Courts and Bankruptcy Courts).  They do not apply in criminal matters.
  3. Importantly, the policy change addresses only public access and does not impact a judge’s authority to use teleconferencing and videoconferencing technology to facilitate civil and bankruptcy proceedings with respect to case participants, including parties, counsel, witnesses, and interpreters.
  4. The new policy permits judges, in their discretion, to provide remote audio access to members of the public and the media for certain proceedings (see more detail below). This means that members of the public and media may access some proceedings without physically attending the proceeding by listening to live audio.  Video is not permitted for use by the public or the media.
  5. The new policy does not have an expiration date and may be a first step toward increased public access (i.e., video) at a later date.
  6. The new policies are as follows:
    1. In district and bankruptcy courts, a judge may permit remote public audio access to any portion of civil and bankruptcy non-trial proceedings as long as a witness is not testifying. (Video is not permitted.)

    2. The judge may not offer remote public audio access to any portion of a proceeding in which a witness is testifying. In addressing this situation, a judge may choose to mute the remote public audio access line while the witness is testifying (which may be practical if the testimony is expected to be brief) or to terminate remote public audio access for the remainder of the hearing.

    3. The policy does not permit a judge to offer remote public audio access to any trial proceeding or portion thereof, even if the proceeding involves no witness testimony.

Revised: October 4, 2023

Printable version of Judge Russell's Telephonic and Video Appearance Procedures

Tentative Rulings
About the Judge


  • Appointed in 1974 by the Judges of the District Court
  • Reappointed August 27, 1986, August 27, 2000, and August 27, 2014 by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (Current term expires August 26, 2028)
  • Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, March 1988 - December 2001; Chief Judge, 1999 to 2001
  • Chief Judge, Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California, 2003-2006


  • University of California at Los Angeles, B.S., 1962 (engineering); J.D., 1966

 Other Government Service:

  • 1966-67, U. S. Treasury Department
  • 1967-70, Los Angeles County Public Defender
  • 1970-74, Assistant U. S. Attorney, U. S. Department of Justice

 Publications and Other Media:

  • Bankruptcy Evidence Manual, West Publishing Co., since 1987, new edition published annually


  • Franklin N. Flaschner Judicial Award, American Bar Association, 1987
  • First American invited by Supreme People's Court, People's Republic of China, to lecture on bankruptcy law, 1988
  • Judges' Award, Southern California Mediation Association, for distinguished service for promoting mediation in the courts
  • Emil Gumpert Judicial ADR Award, Los Angeles County Bar Association's Dispute Resolution Service
  • "2004 Outstanding Jurist," Los Angeles County Bar Association


  • 1977-present, Faculty Member, Federal Judicial Center, Washington, DC
  • 1975-present, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry (Law), University of Southern California

 Professional Memberships:

  • Federal Bar Association, since 1971; National president, 1990-91
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association since 1967
  • Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, inducted 1992
  • Board of Directors for the Western Justice Center, 1996
  • Mensa, 1970
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