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Honorable Ernest M. Robles

Judge Tabs


United States Bankruptcy Court
Central District of California
Edward R. Roybal Federal Building and Courthouse
255 E. Temple Street, Suite 1560 / Courtroom 1568
Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 894-1522

Courtroom Deputy
(213) 894-4843

Court Recorder Contact
(213) 894-4843

Emergency Motion Contacts
(213) 894-4843
(213) 894-0295


Phone/Video Appearances

For Judge Ernest Robles
United States Bankruptcy Court, Los Angeles Division

Pursuant to General Order 21-05 issued on June 22, 2021, the Roybal Federal Building is now open to the public. Unless otherwise ordered, parties may appear at hearings either in-person or by telephone through CourtCall (more information on appearing through CourtCall is set forth below). Parties electing to appear in-person shall comply with all requirements regarding social distancing, use of face masks, etc. which may be in effect at the time of the hearing.

Telephone appearances will be arranged through Court Call, LLC™. Court Call is an independent conference call company that arranges conference calls nationally for Courts. 

It is counsel’s responsibility to schedule their telephonic appearance at least 5 Court days prior to the hearing date by contacting CourtCall @ 866-882-6878 or via internet by registering at

Written confirmation will be provided for each separate CourtCall Appearance.  If you have not received a written confirmation, prior to the hearing date, please contact CourtCall immediately or you may be precluded from the telephone calendar.

It is the participant’s responsibility to dial into to their conference by using the 800 number provided by CourtCall. The CourtCall Operator will not dial out to connect a participant.

Payment: CourtCall accepts two (2) forms of payment:

  1. Credit or Debit Card
  2. CourtCall Debit Account
    ***Please contact CourtCall for more detailed information, not the Court.

Do not argue with Court Call or request special treatment.  Court Call’s function is no more than to offer you the opportunity to appear by telephone.  Your election to appear by telephone constitutes your agreement for telephonic appearances. 

At the time of the hearing, you will initially be placed in “Listen-only” mode and able to hear all proceedings just as if you were in the courtroom.  Your line will be placed “Live” once the Judge calls your case.  Each time a  participant speaks to the Court,  he or she must identify themselves for the record.  When the Judge informs the participants that the hearing is completed, the participants may disconnect and the next case will be called.  Please remain on the line if you are appearing on multiple cases on the same calendar.

Telephonic appearances are connected directly with the courtroom’s public address system and electronic recording equipment so that a normal record is produced.  To ensure a quality record, the use of car phones, public telephone booths, or phones in other public places is prohibited except in the most extreme emergencies.  Participants should be able to hear all parties without difficulty or echo.  The system also allows more than one speaker to be heard so that the Judge can interrupt a speaker to ask a question or redirect the discussion.

Telephonic appearances by multiple participants are only possible when there is compliance with every procedural requirement.  Sanctions may be imposed when there is any deviation from the required procedures or the Court determines that a person’s conduct makes telephonic appearances inappropriate.  Sanctions may include dropping a matter from calendar, continuing the hearing, proceeding in the absence of an unavailable participant, a monetary sanction, or a permanent prohibition against a person appearing telephonically.

Printable version of Judge Robles' Telephonic Appearance Procedures


Tentative Rulings
About the Judge



  • University of California at Berkeley, 1974-78, B.A. in political science (with distinction)
  • University of Michigan Law School, 1978-81, J.D.

Career Record:

  • 1981-82, practicing attorney, Musick, Peeler and Garrett
  • 1982-87, Hancock, Rothert and Bunshoft, San Francisco, California
  • 1987-88, Kornblum and McBride, San Francisco, California
  • 1988-93, Assistant U. S. Trustee, Office of the U. S. Trustee, San Jose, California
  • Admitted to the California Bar, 1981; Ninth Circuit, 1984

Publications and Other Media:

  • Co-author (with Linda Curtis), "United States Trustee's Role in Bankruptcy," Chapter 9 in Business Lawyer's Bankruptcy Guide.
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