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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



Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Judge Clarkson has altered his prior telephonic hearing procedures.  Except as may be otherwise ordered by the Court, all hearings before Judge Clarkson will be conducted remotely using ZoomGov.

Unless otherwise specifically ordered or instructed, Judge Clarkson will no longer utilize CourtCall. 

ZoomGov: Video and audio connection information for each hearing will be provided on Judge Clarkson's publicly posted hearing calendar, which may be viewed online at:, and then selecting “Judge Clarkson” from the tab on the left-hand side of the page. 

Hearing participants and members of the public may view and/or listen to hearings before Judge Clarkson using ZoomGov free of charge.  Individuals may appear by ZoomGov video and audio using a personal computer (equipped with camera, microphone and speaker), or a handheld mobile device (such as an iPhone).  Individuals may participate by ZoomGov audio only using a telephone (standard telephone charges may apply).  Neither a Zoom nor a ZoomGov account are necessary to participate and no pre-registration is required.  The audio portion of each hearing will be recorded electronically by the Court and constitute its official record.

Important: All persons are strictly prohibited from making any recording of court proceedings, whether by video, audio, "screenshot," or otherwise. Violation of this prohibition may result in the imposition of monetary and non-monetary sanctions. The Clerk of the Court maintains an audio recording of all proceedings, which recording constitutes the official record of those proceedings.

Tips for a Successful ZoomGov Court Experience

  1. Test the video and audio capabilities of your computer or mobile device in advance of the hearing (i.e., at least one day in advance).  
    1. You can do this by clicking on the ZoomGov meeting link posting for the hearing and/or check your video and audio using the ZoomGov app.
  2. If you intend to speak at the hearing, please find a quiet place from which to participate.
  1. If you are connecting to the hearing using a wireless device, you should situate yourself in a location with a strong wireless signal.
  1. Unless and until it is your turn to speak, please mute your audio to minimize background noise. 
    1. If connected to ZoomGov audio by telephone, you can mute or unmute your connection by pressing *6 on your phone.
  2. When you first speak—and each time you speak after someone else has spoken—please say your name.  This may seem awkward but is essential to making a good court record.  The only part of the hearing being recorded is the audio.  If a transcript is requested, it is sometimes difficult for the transcriber to know who is speaking.
  3. If you are participating by video, try to avoid having a window or bright background behind you.  (You may, as a result, appear on video as a shadow.)  If you cannot avoid the bright background, try using a desk lamp or other light source to brighten your face.
  4. If you are participating by video using a personal computer, you may separately connect to the audio feed by telephone (for improved audio) using the call-in information provided for the hearing.
    1. If you do this, please connect to the video feed first.  In the ZoomGov app, you will be assigned a Participant Code.  Use this code to associate your video and audio feeds.
  5. If available, a headset-microphone often provides better sound quality for listening and speaking.
  6. Participants and members of the public should at all times remember that although conducted remotely, these hearings are official court proceedings, and individuals should act accordingly.
    1. If video is enabled, please wear attire consistent with the decorum of court proceedings.
    2. ZoomGov permits the use of virtual backgrounds to safeguard your privacy.  If you choose to use a virtual background, please avoid backgrounds that are offensive or distracting.
  7. ZoomGov video participants are permitted to specify a display name.  If using video, please specify your complete name to assist the Court in creating a record of the proceedings.
  8. Please refer to the Zoom Video Hearing Guide, accessible from the Court’s main page, for further information.
Revised: 11/17/20
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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