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Honorable Theodor C. Albert


The courthouse has reopened to the public. Face covering and social distancing requirements are being enforced in public spaces. See U.S. District Court Order 20-078. Except for an evidentiary hearing or trial, persons appearing before Judge Albert may choose to appear in person or by telephone. 

In light of concerns about COVID-19 and attempts to implement physical distancing, the court encourages telephonic appearances on all matters other than evidentiary hearings and trials. Telephonic appearances may be arranged through CourtCall by calling (866) 582-6878.

Please be advised that CourtCall has announced reduced fees for attorneys to use CourtCall and free access for parties who do not have an attorney – pro se or self-represented litigants through August 31, 2020. 

If choosing to appear in person, please call the Courtroom Deputy at (714) 338-5304 by 4 p.m. the day before. Otherwise, the doors to the courtroom will be locked. 

When appearing in person, physical distancing of at least six feet is required in the courtroom. To facilitate physical distancing, please follow markings that have been placed in the courtroom. Wearing a mask while speaking in court is optional. 

Judge Tabs


United States Bankruptcy Court
Central District of California
Ronald Reagan Federal Building and Courthouse
411 West Fourth Street, Suite 5085 / Courtroom 5B
Santa Ana, CA 92701-4593

(714) 338-5430

Courtroom Deputy
(714) 338-5304

Court Recorder Contact
(714) 338-5306

Emergency Motion Contacts
(714) 338-5432
(714) 338-5430


Telephonic Instructions



Telephonic appearances are allowed in all matters before Judge Albert in Courtroom 5B except the following:

  1. Trials and Evidentiary hearings (all counsel and all witnesses must appear in person).
  2. Contested Chapter 11 Confirmation Hearings (debtor, debtor’s counsel, and all objecting creditors must appear in person).  All other parties in interest may appear telephonically.
  3. Hearings on Reaffirmation Agreements (debtor must appear in person).
  4. Any matter designated by the Court as one 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 requesting a telephonic appearance, you should check Judge Albert’s Calendar on the Court’s 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 pass the matter, treat the failure to respond as an intent to accept the tentative ruling, or 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 4:30 p.m. deadline for scheduling telephonic appearances noted below is independent of the Tentative Ruling 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 4:30 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.

Parties are also cautioned to consider whether their cases are ones suitable to telephonic appearance. On closer, contested matters, there is no doubt that personal presence adds weight to the presentation of the case.


By telephone: Telephone appearances may be arranged by calling CourtCall at (866) 582-6878 not later than 4:30 p.m. the day prior to the court hearing date.


CourtCall 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.  Current rates may be obtained from CourtCall.

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:

• No car phones
• No cellular phones
• No speaker phones
• No public telephone booths, or phones in other public places

Exceptions to these restrictions may be permitted only in the most extreme circumstances.

At the time of your hearing you may initially be in the listening mode, in which case you will be able to hear the case before yours,  just as if you were in the courtroom. 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 and the next case will be called.

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 October 22, 2012

Printable version of Judge Theodor Albert's Telephonic Appearance Procedures

About the Judge



  • Stanford University, 1971-75, B.A.
  • University of California, Los Angeles School of Law 1975-78, J.D.

Career Record:

  • 1983-1995, Law office of Buchalter, Nemer, Fields & Younger, Newport Beach, California
  • 1995, co-founded law practice Albert, Weiland & Golden, Costa Mesa, California
  • 1978, admitted to California Bar

 Professional Memberships:

  • Orange County Bankruptcy Forum
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • State Bar of California


  • 2000, Peter M. Elliott Award for highest standard of ethics and scholarship
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