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Honorable Scott C. Clarkson

Judge Tabs


United States Bankruptcy Court
Central District of California
Ronald Reagan Federal Building and Courthouse
411 West Fourth Street, Suite 5130 / Courtroom 5C
Santa Ana, CA 92701-4593

(714) 338-5460

Courtroom Deputy
(951) 774-1097
Court Recorder Contact
(951) 774-1097

Santa Ana
Courtroom Deputy
(714) 338-5378
Court Recorder Contact
(714) 338-5306

Emergency Motion Contacts
(714) 338-5460
(714) 338-5461


Telephonic Instructions


EFFECTIVE August 22, 2011

Telephonic appearances are allowed in all matters before Judge Clarkson with the exception of Trials and Evidentiary Hearings (all counsel and all witnesses must appear in person in Courtroom 5C located at 411 West Fourth Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701) and such other matters as designated by the Court as requiring a personal appearance.
No telephonic appearance will be allowed unless it is made through CourtCall, an independent conference call company, pursuant to the procedures set forth in Section II.
Before the hearing, you should check Judge Clarkson’s Calendar on the United States Bankruptcy Court website and review any Tentative Ruling concerning the matter on calendar. If the court has issued a Tentative Ruling prior to the hearing, each individual who appears telephonically should have reviewed the Tentative Ruling prior to the hearing. If an individual schedules a telephonic appearance and then fails to respond to the call of a matter on calendar, the Court 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.
The 3:00 p.m. deadline for scheduling telephonic appearances noted below is independent of the Tentative Rulings process. Late scheduling of a telephonic appearance is not justified by the fact that Tentative Rulings have not been posted on the Court's website by 3:00 p.m. the day before the hearing.
Individuals making use of the conference call service are cautioned that they do so at their own risk. Hearings generally will not be rescheduled due to missed connections.
By Telephone: Absent an emergency, telephone appearances may be arranged by calling CourtCall at (866) 582-6878 not later than 3:00 p.m. the court day prior to the hearing date. Any request for a telephonic appearance made after the 3:00 p.m. deadline must be Court approved by contacting Judge Clarkson’s Chambers at 714-338-5460.
Court Call will provide counsel with written confirmation of a telephonic appearance, and give counsel a number to call to make the telephonic appearance. It is counsel's responsibility to dial into the call not later than 10 minutes prior to the scheduled hearing.
CourtCall does not place a call to counsel. 
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 the quality of the record, the use of car phones, cellular phones, speakerphones, 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.
After your call is connected to the courtroom, the Judge will call the case, request appearances, and direct the manner in which the hearing proceeds. Each time you speak, you should identify yourself for the record. The Court's teleconferencing system allows more than one speaker to be heard, so the Judge can interrupt a speaker to ask a question or redirect the discussion. When the Judge informs the participants that the hearing is completed, you may disconnect.
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, and/or a permanent prohibition against a person appearing telephonically.
Revised: 8/22/11
Printable version of Judge Clarkson's Telephonic Appearance Procedures
About the Judge



  • Indiana University - Bloomington, BA 1979
  • George Mason University School of Law, JD 1982; Articles Editor, Law Review

Career Record:

  • Admitted to the California Bar, 1989; District of Columbia Bar, 1988 Commonwealth of Virginia Bar, 1982
  • Clerk to United States District Judge William L. Hungate (E.D.Mo.)
  • Legislative Assistant to United States Representative Harold L. Volkmer, 95th Congress to 97th Congress

Professional Memberships:

  • The James T. King American Inns of Court, Co-President, 2014-2015
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges
  • California Bankruptcy Forum, Judicial Liaison 2015-2016
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association (Executive Committee of the Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section)
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association of Orange County (Board Member)
  • John M. Langston Bar Association
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