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In response to COVID-19 local and State declarations of emergency and the State-wide "shelter in place" order made by the Governor, the court has implemented Emergency Local Rule 10.28 regarding remote appearances. Pursuant to this rule several remote appearance requirements have changed, and the changes will remain in effect until 90 days following the end of the declared State of Emergency.


Remote appearances are broken down into three categories:

  1. Mandatory Remote Appearances
  2. Optional Remote Appearances: No Approval Required
  3. Optional Remote Appearances: Approval Required

Click on a line listed above to be directed to that section of this webpage. Otherwise, check for your hearing type in the tables below to see which category it falls under. If your hearing type is not listed, please contact the Clerk’s Office for assistance.

Important information about your remote appearance:

  1. Your last opportunity to schedule a remote appearance, for eligible hearings, is 4 PM the court day BEFORE your hearing.
  2. Only ONE PERSON can connect using the remote appearance you schedule. If you have multiple parties appearing remotely, each person needs their own unique link and/or conference PIN and ID, which can be created by using different email addresses.
  3. The remote appearance you schedule will ONLY be valid for the date and time selected. The conference ID, PIN, and/or link provided to you will not work if your matter is continued or has another hearing set.
  4. Your case may not be heard at the time the calendar is scheduled to start. Stay connected and you will be taken off hold when your case is called. Keep in mind that this may take a few hours.


Click here for a user guide for the remote appearance system.

 

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Effective May 11, 2020, use of the court’s eDelivery solution is mandatory in civil cases for attorneys and represented parties. Unrepresented parties are encouraged to use the eDelivery system. For more information, Click here for more information about eDelivery.

 

Mandatory Remote Appearances

For each of the hearing types listed in this section, remote (telephone or video) appearances are mandatory. See the “Schedule” column for what must be completed prior to your hearing in order to be connected to the courtroom.

Parties may request to appear in person for good cause. Requests to appear in person (Optional Form PL-CV014) may be submitted up to two (2) court days before the hearing and must be approved by a Judge or Commissioner.

 

Hearing Type Appearance Type Related Forms Schedule

Small Claims Hearings and Trials

See the video appearances user guide or the Small Claims Packet for more information about uploading evidence.

Video & Evidence

To have any witnesses appear remotely, file PL-CV016 no fewer than two (2) court days prior to the hearing.

To request to appear in person, file PL-CV014 no fewer than two (2) court days prior to the hearing.

Schedule your appearance no later than 4 PM the court day before your hearing.

Schedule Now

Settlement Conferences Video Conference To request to appear in person, file PL-CV014 no fewer than two (2) court days prior to the hearing. Online submission of email address is required. See the Settlement Conference page for more information.
Habeas Corpus Video N/A N/A

 

Optional Remote Appearances: No Approval Required

For each of the hearing types listed in this section, remote (telephone or video) appearances are no longer required, effective October 1, 2020 (see Local Rule 10.28). However, the court is STRONGLY ENCOURAGING all parties, attorneys, and other attendees to appear remotely. See the chart below to determine if your hearing type is eligible for a telephone or video appearance. Please be sure to enter your email address correctly as you will receive an email confirmation with information to connect to the court.

Note: A late request fee of $30 is to be charged for remote appearances scheduled less than two days before the scheduled hearing. Refer to the bottom of this webpage for late fee exceptions.

Hearing Type Appearance Type Schedule
Case Management Telephone

Schedule your appearance no later than 4 PM the court day before your hearing.

Schedule Now

Case Management Conference (Non-DLR) Telephone

Schedule your appearance no later than 4 PM the court day before your hearing.

Schedule Now

Civil Trial Conference Telephone

Schedule your appearance no later than 4 PM the court day before your hearing.

Schedule Now

Compel Arbitration Telephone

Schedule your appearance no later than 4 PM the court day before your hearing.

Schedule Now

Compromise of Telephone

Schedule your appearance no later than 4 PM the court day before your hearing.

Schedule Now

Conservatorships Telephone

Schedule your appearance no later than 4 PM the court day before your hearing.

Schedule Now

Default Prove-Up Video & Evidence

Schedule your appearance no later than 4 PM the court day before your hearing.

Schedule Now

Demurrer Telephone

Schedule your appearance no later than 4 PM the court day before your hearing.

Schedule Now

Exparte Motion Telephone

Schedule your appearance no later than 4 PM the court day before your hearing.

Schedule Now

Further Proceedings Telephone

Schedule your appearance no later than 4 PM the court day before your hearing.

Schedule Now

Guardianships Telephone

Schedule your appearance no later than 4 PM the court day before your hearing.

Schedule Now

Law & Motion Telephone

Schedule your appearance no later than 4 PM the court day before your hearing.

Schedule Now

Motion Hearing Telephone

Schedule your appearance no later than 4 PM the court day before your hearing.

Schedule Now

Order to Show Cause Hearing Telephone

Schedule your appearance no later than 4 PM the court day before your hearing.

Schedule Now

Petition Hearing Telephone

Schedule your appearance no later than 4 PM the court day before your hearing.

Schedule Now

Probate Pretrial Hearings Telephone

Schedule your appearance no later than 4 PM the court day before your hearing.

Schedule Now

Review Telephone

Schedule your appearance no later than 4 PM the court day before your hearing.

Schedule Now

Review: After Telephone

Schedule your appearance no later than 4 PM the court day before your hearing.

Schedule Now

Review: Post Trial Telephone

Schedule your appearance no later than 4 PM the court day before your hearing.

Schedule Now

Right to Attach Order Telephone

Schedule your appearance no later than 4 PM the court day before your hearing.

Schedule Now

Status Conference Telephone

Schedule your appearance no later than 4 PM the court day before your hearing.

Schedule Now

Submitted Matter Telephone

Schedule your appearance no later than 4 PM the court day before your hearing.

Schedule Now

Trial Assignment Telephone

Schedule your appearance no later than 4 PM the court day before your hearing.

Schedule Now

 

 

Optional Remote Appearances: Approval Required

For each of the hearing types listed in this section, remote (telephone or video) appearances are not mandatory, however the court is STRONGLY ENCOURAGING all parties, attorneys, and other attendees to appear remotely. See the chart below to determine if your hearing type is eligible for a telephone or video appearance, and who schedules your remote appearance if the request is approved. Please be sure to write or type your email address correctly and clearly as you may receive an email confirmation with information to connect to the court.

 

Hearing Type Appearance Type Related Forms Schedule

Temporary Guardianship

Telephone

File and notify opposing party with PL-CW009 - Request to Appear Remotely: Non-Evidentiary Hearing as soon as practicable, but no fewer than five (5) court days prior to the hearing.

N/A – Court schedules if approved.

 

Temporary Conservatorship Telephone File and notify opposing party with PL-CW009 - Request to Appear Remotely: Non-Evidentiary Hearing as soon as practicable, but no fewer than five (5) court days prior to the hearing. N/A – Court schedules if approved.
Restraining Orders Telephone File and notify opposing party with PL-CW009 - Request to Appear Remotely: Non-Evidentiary Hearing as soon as practicable, but no fewer than five (5) court days prior to the hearing. N/A – Court schedules if approved.
Firearms Petitions Judicial Preference File and notify opposing party with PL-CW009 - Request to Appear Remotely: Non-Evidentiary Hearing as soon as practicable, but no fewer than five (5) court days prior to the hearing. N/A – Court schedules if approved.
Adoptions Video File and notify opposing party with PL-CW009 - Request to Appear Remotely: Non-Evidentiary Hearing as soon as practicable, but no fewer than five (5) court days prior to the hearing. N/A – Court schedules if approved.

Civil Evidentiary hearings & trials (including Unlawful Detainer Short Cause Trial and Order of Examination Hearing)

See the video appearances user guide for more information about uploading evidence.

Video & Evidence

File and serve opposing party a request through PL-CW010 Request to Appear by Video: trial or Evidentiary Hearing as soon as practicable, but no fewer than five (5) court days prior to the hearing.

To object, file and serve PL-CW011 – Response to Request to Appear by Video: trial or Evidentiary Hearing as soon as practicable, but no fewer than two (2) court days prior to the hearing.

IF YOUR REQUEST IS APPROVED:
The court will notify you to schedule your remote appearance. Schedule your appearance no later than 4 PM the court day before your hearing.

Schedule Now

Probate Trials

See the video appearances user guide for more information about uploading evidence.

Video & Evidence

File and serve opposing party a request through PL-CW010 Request to Appear by Video: trial or Evidentiary Hearing as soon as practicable, but no fewer than five (5) court days prior to the hearing.

To object, file and serve PL-CW011 – Response to Request to Appear by Video: trial or Evidentiary Hearing as soon as practicable, but no fewer than two (2) court days prior to the hearing.

IF YOUR REQUEST IS APPROVED:
The court will notify you to schedule your remote appearance. Schedule your appearance no later than 4 PM the court day before your hearing.

Schedule Now

REMOTE APPEARANCE FEE/PAYMENT

NOTE: Pursuant to Emergency Local Rule 10.28(D), remote appearance fees are waived for matters where a remote appearance is mandatory for as long as temporary Rule 10.28 remains in effect.

Pursuant to California Rules of Court rule 3.670(k)(1) civil hearings carry a fee to appear remotely. The fee to appear by telephone is $94 for each appearance. Video appearances carry the same fee pursuant to Local Rule 10.24. The court will accept:

eChecks

Visa Credit Cards

Mastercard Credit Cards

NO cash, paper checks or a debit account will be accepted.
If a party has a fee waiver for the case, the telephonic appearance fee is waived.

LATE PAYMENT

NOTE: Pursuant to Emergency Local Rule 10.28(D), remote appearance fees are waived for matters where a remote appearance is mandatory for as long as temporary Rule 10.28 remains in effect.
Pursuant to California Rules of Court Rule 3.670(k)(2):

A late request fee of $30 is to be charged for telephonic appearances scheduled less than two days before the scheduled hearing.

Exceptions to the late fee:

(A) When the opposing party has provided timely notice under (h)(4) on an ex parte application or other hearing, conference, or proceeding

(B) When the court sets a hearing or conference on shortened time.

(C) When a tentative ruling is posted within the two day period.

(D) When the request to appear by telephone is made by a party by noon one day prior to the hearing after they received notice of another party's intent to appear by telephone.

The court reserves the right to audit telephonic appearances scheduled online. If the court finds that a party has made a late appearance per CRC 3.670 and a false selection was made, the party will be charged the additional $30 and may be referred to collections.

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