Remote Appearance

Participation in Zoom Appearances

  1. A party may appear by ZOOM at any hearing, conference, or proceeding if the court determines that a ZOOM appearance is appropriate.
  2. The court may require a party to appear in person at any hearing, conference, or proceeding if the court determines that a personal appearance would materially assist in the determination of the proceedings or in the effective management or resolution of the particular case.
  3. The court reserves the authority, at any time, to reject any Request for a ZOOM Appearance.
  4. The court reserves the authority to halt the ZOOM hearing on any matter and order the attorneys and self-represented litigants to personally appear at a later date and time.
  5. If a matter is continued prior to the actual hearing date, the prior filing of a Request for ZOOM Appearance shall remain valid for the continued date of the hearing.
  6. Existing rules and procedures regarding the making of the record by a court reporter or electronic device or obtaining a transcript after the hearing shall apply to hearings at which ZOOM appearances are made. No recordings may be made of ZOOM appearances except those made in compliance with California Rule of Court 1.150.
  7. Any party to a proceeding, including a subpoenaed party, who intends to appear by ZOOM must provide the court a minimum of five (5) days’ notice so the court may consider the request and - if approved - send a ZOOM invitation. Absent waiver by the court, all parties intending to appear by ZOOM must complete the REQUEST FOR ZOOM APPEARANCE form pursuant to this Order a minimum of five (5) days’ prior to the hearing date.
  8. Attorneys and self-represented litigants intending to make a ZOOM appearance shall place the phrase ZOOM Appearance below the title of the moving or opposing papers.
  9. An attorney or self-represented litigant who makes an appearance by ZOOM and who is not present at the start of the calendar shall be considered late for the hearing and shall be sanctioned in the same manner as if the attorney or self-represented litigant had personally appeared late for the hearing.
  10. An attorney or self-represented litigant appearing by ZOOM shall state his or her name for the record each time he or she speaks, and shall participate in the appearance with the same degree of courtesy and courtroom etiquette as is required for a personal appearance.
  11. Attorneys and self-represented litigants appearing by ZOOM expressly understand that there may be periods greater than one hour while they wait for their case to be called, and shall further understand that their election to use this appearance system option constitutes their agreement that they will be prepared to proceed via ZOOM from the time that the scheduled hearing begins until the time their case is called and heard.
  12. All participating parties making a ZOOM appearance shall:
    1. Eliminate to the greatest extent possible all ambient noise from the attorney’s or self-represented litigant’s location; and
    2. Be required, during the attorney’s or self-represented litigant’s appearance, to speak directly into a telephone handset.

RECORDING OF COURT PROCEEDINGS WITHOUT PERMISSION IS UNLAWFUL: Recording the court proceeding (whether through the videoconference application or by any other means) is prohibited unless/until the judicial officer specifically grants permission to record.  CA Rules of Court, Rule 1.150(c) & (d).

Rules & Procedures

Participating in a Zoom appearance? Here are some rules and procedures to follow.

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Zoom Request Form

A Request for Zoom Appearance form must be filled out 5 days prior to your appearance date.

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Superior Court of California, County of Lassen