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Resources for Self-Represented Litigants​​​


We’re here to help.  This webpage has information about how to attend your court hearings remotely and additional resources that might be helpful to you.
 
 

Self-Represented Litigants Can Attend Court Remotely!

The way you attend court hearings is changing.  Before COVID-19 (coronavirus), you attended your court hearings at the courthouse.  Now, you might be allowed to attend your court hearings remotely using one of the following methods:

    • Telephone
    • Videoconferencing

To see if you can attend your court hearing remotely, contact the court that your case is in by clicking here.  Click on the "Administrators" tab for court telephone and/or e-mail contact information.

* If a remote hearing has been scheduled in your case, but you are unable to attend your hearing by telephone or videoconference, contact the court as soon as possible and let them know.

Do or Do Not Do During Your Remote Hearing

  • DO remember that, even though your hearing is happening over the phone or through the Internet, it is a court proceeding.  You should act the way you would if you were in the courtroom in person.  Court rules and standards apply.
  • DO let the court know if you don't have a phone or access to the Internet.  The court may be able to help you find a way to participate or may postpone the hearing.
  • DO prepare for your virtual hearing.  If you plan to participate in your hearing by video, download the video application before your scheduled hearing.  Be sure to test your speaker, microphone, and camera before the hearing.  Video call software websites often provide a test link to try your equipment before the actual event.
  • DO dress appropriately, like you would if actually going to the courthouse.
  • DO limit distractions during your hearing.  Put all pets and other things that may be a distraction in a different room.  Find a quiet place to participate in the hearing (even your parked car).
  • DO keep your device on mute when not speaking.  Keeping your phone, mobile device, or computer on mute unless speaking reduces feedback and limits background noise.
  • DO call the court in advance if you want to present evidence.  If you have documents or witnesses that you want available for your hearing, check the court's website or call the court for more information.
  • DO NOT ignore the notice to attend a virtual hearing.  If you cannot make the hearing or have a conflict, notify the court.
  • DO NOT talk over others.  It makes it hard for the judge and others to hear.  Wait until the judge asks you to speak.
  • DO NOT do other things while on the call.  Just like in an actual courtroom, you must pay attention to make sure you don't miss something important that is said, or something the judge asks you to do.

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Resources to Assist Self-Represented Litigants During COVID-19 (Coronavirus)



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