CIVIL RULE 12: TELEPHONIC APPEARANCES
- A. PROCEEDINGS IN WHICH PERMITTED
B. PRIVATE VENDOR TO PROVIDE TELECONFERENCING SERVICES
C. NOTICE BY PARTY
Unless otherwise ordered, parties may appear by telephone at a case management conference, trial setting conference, or at a hearing for dismissal review, arbitration or mediation status review, law and motion, and discovery matters. A party may appear by telephone for other matters only by leave of Court.
In accordance with CRC 3.670, the Court has contracted with CourtCall, LLC to provide teleconferencing services for court appearances. A party who chooses to appear by telephone must submit to CourtCall, at least 3 court days before the appearance, the CourtCall form requesting telephonic appearance together with the fee for CourtCall’s service. Information as to the form and fee may be obtained directly from CourtCall at 1-888-88-COURT .
A party who chooses to appear by telephone will satisfy the requirement of CRC 3.670 for notice to the Court by timely providing to CourtCall the CourtCall telephonic appearance request form, which CourtCall will promptly fax to the Court. A party who chooses to appear by telephone must notify all other parties of the party’s intent to appear by telephone in the manner required by CRC 3.670.
A party appearing by telephone must call the toll free teleconference line designated by CourtCall at least 5 minutes before the scheduled conference or hearing, to check in.
A party appearing by telephone must be available from the commencement of the applicable calendar until the completion of the party’s conference or hearing, and must (a) eliminate to the greatest extent possible all ambient noise from the party’s location, (b) speak directly into a telephone handset, (c) not call in with a cellular or cordless telephone device or through a personal computer, and (d) not use the “hold” button. A party appearing by telephone must state his or her name for the record each time the party speaks, and must participate in the hearing with the same degree of courtesy and courtroom etiquette required for a personal appearance.
If a party requests a continuance of a conference or hearing after another party has timely notified the Court of an intent to appear by telephone, the party requesting the telephonic appearance, must contact CourtCall to reschedule the telephonic appearances if the continuance is granted.