IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
May 25, 2011
VALETTA MCMURRAY, PLAINTIFF,
COUNTY OF SACRAMENTO, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
This action is before the undersigned pursuant to Eastern District of California Local Rule 302(c)(21). See 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1). On May 20, 2011, defendants filed an ex parte application to modify the status (pretrial scheduling) order in this action, contending that the schedule should be modified because "the current discovery deadline will almost certainly be past before obtaining a final ruling on Defendants' [summary judgment] Motion" and defendants "wish to keep discovery as simple as possible in this case and not incur unnecessary fees or costs for either side, particularly since Plaintiff is a pro se litigant." Dckt. No. 43; see also Dckt. Nos. 32, 38. Therefore, defendants seek to continue: the discovery deadline from June 16, 2011 to August 31, 2011; the last day to file discovery motions from May 18, 2011 to September 15, 2011; and the final pretrial conference from October 3, 2011 to November 7, 2011. Dckt. No. 43. Defendants do not seek to modify the February 7, 2012 trial commencement date or any 1 other dates or deadlines set forth in the status (pretrial scheduling) order. Id.
A schedule may be modified upon a showing of good cause. Fed. R. Civ. P. 16(b). Good cause exists when the moving party demonstrates he cannot meet the deadline despite exercising due diligence. Johnson v. Mammoth Recreations, Inc., 975 F.2d 604, 609 (9th Cir. 1992). "Although the existence or degree of prejudice to the party opposing the modification might supply additional reasons to deny a motion, the focus of the inquiry is upon the moving party's reasons for seeking modification." Id. Here, although defendants' ex parte application is not in strict compliance with the Local Rules,*fn1 the application is supported by good cause.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. Defendants' ex parte application to modify the scheduling order, Dckt. No. 43, is granted.
2. The discovery completion deadline set forth in the status (pretrial scheduling) order is continued to September 21, 2011. As provided in that order, the word "completed" means that all discovery shall have been conducted so that all depositions have been taken and any disputes relative to discovery shall have been resolved by appropriate order if necessary and, where discovery has been ordered, the order has been complied with. Motions to compel discovery must be noticed on the undersigned's calendar in accordance with the Local Rules and must be heard not later than August 24, 2011.
3. The final pretrial conference, which is currently scheduled for October 3, 2011, is continued to November 7, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in Courtroom No. 10 before Judge Garland E. Burrell, Jr. The parties shall file pretrial statements in accordance with Local Rules 281 and 282.
4. All other dates and deadlines set forth in the status (pretrial scheduling) order, including the February 7, 2012 trial commencement date, shall remain the same.