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REMOTE civil HEARINGS

Placer Superior Court is pleased to offer remote appearances by telephone and by video. Remote appearances are available for select hearings. You may need to request a remote appearance by filing a form with the court, or for hearings that do not require a request, schedule by the business day before your hearing.

This webpage outlines the process for all Civil, Probate, and Small Claims hearing types. 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.

General Remote Appearance Information

Below is some important information regarding remote appearances at the Placer County Superior Court:

  1. If your hearing type is eligible for a remote appearance without judicial approval, your last opportunity to schedule a remote appearance is either 3:30 PM (Ex Partes) or 4:00 PM (all other hearing types) the business day BEFORE your hearing.
  2. You will not be able to schedule remote appearances for hearings set more than 30 days out.
  3. Only ONE PERSON can connect using the remote appearance confirmation email you receive. 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 for each user.
  4. The remote appearance confirmation email you receive will ONLY be valid for the hearing you are scheduled for. The conference ID, PIN, and/or link provided to you will not work if your matter is continued or has another hearing set. You will either need to schedule yourself or request a remote appearance for future hearings.
  5. Parties may connect to their hearing up to 15 minutes before the scheduled start time.
  6. Your case may not be heard at the time the calendar is scheduled to start, and you may be placed on hold. Stay connected and you will be taken off hold when your case is called. Keep in mind that this may take a few hours.


Remote Appearance System User Guide

 

Remote Appearances Not Allowed

For each of the following hearing types, remote appearances are not allowed. In unusual or extraordinary circumstances, parties and attorneys may request leave of court to file a request for a judicially approved remote appearance.

Only if a judicial officer grants leave to file a remote appearance request, parties and/or attorneys must follow Local Rule 10.28(F)(2) by filing and serving Local Form PL-CW010 Remote Appearance Request: Courtwide no later than ten (10) court days before the hearing. A proof of service must be filed with the request. Notice pursuant to any applicable Cal. Rules of Court is still required. Should the other parties object to the request, they may file and serve Local Form PL-CW011 Remote Appearance Request: Response no later than five (5) court days before the hearing. A proof of service must be filed with the response.

 

Hearing Type Appearance Type

Civil Harassment Hearings & Trials

In Person
Court Trials - Attorneys or Parties
Including Civil, Unlawful Detainer and Probate Trials
In Person
Jury Trials In Person
LPS Hearings In Person
Order of Examinations
Including Small Claims
In Person
Small Claims Appeal Hearings - Attorneys, Parties, or Witnesses
(Trials de Novo)

In Person

 

Mandatory Remote Appearances

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

A party may request a personal appearance upon a good cause showing using Local Form PL-CV014 – Request To Appear In Person: Civil.

 

Hearing Type Appearance Type Related Forms Schedule

Habeas Corpus Writs from Local Hospital Defendants

Video Available

N/A

Please contact the Civil Unit at the Clerk’s Office. The Court schedules all video appearances.

 

 

 

Remote Appearances: Approval Required

For each of the hearing types listed in this section, remote (either telephone or video) appearances are optional, but require judicial authorization. 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 note:

  • The telephone or video email confirmation will only be valid for the hearing you schedule for. You will either need to schedule yourself or request a remote appearance for future hearings.
  • 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.

 

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 Related Forms Schedule

Adoptions

Video Available

To request a remote appearance:

File Local Form PL-CW010 Remote Appearance Request: Courtwide no later than noon the business day before the hearing. Notice pursuant to any applicable Cal. Rules of Court is still required.

Court schedules if approved.

 

Court Trials - Witnesses

Including Civil, Unlawful Detainer, and Probate Trials

Video Available

To request a remote appearance:

File and serve Local Form PL-CW010 Remote Appearance Request: Courtwide no later than ten (10) business days before the hearing. A proof of service must be filed with the request. Notice pursuant to any applicable Cal. Rules of Court is still required.

To object to a remote appearance:

File and serve Local Form PL-CW011 Remote Appearance Request: Response no later than five (5) business days before the hearing. A proof of service must be filed with the response.

Court schedules if approved.
Mandatory Settlement Conferences

Video Available*

 

*The Court has implemented Zoom for Mandatory Settlement Conferences. Learn more at this link

To request a remote appearance:

File and serve Local Form PL-CW010 Remote Appearance Request: Courtwide no later than ten (10) business days before the hearing. A proof of service must be filed with the request. Notice pursuant to any applicable Cal. Rules of Court is still required.

To object to a remote appearance:

File and serve Local Form PL-CW011 Remote Appearance Request: Response no later than five (5) business days before the hearing. A proof of service must be filed with the response.

Court schedules if approved.

 

 

Remote Appearances: No Approval Required

For each of the hearing types listed in this section, remote (either telephone or video) appearances are optional and do not require judicial authorization. If you would like to appear remotely, see the chart below to determine if your hearing type is eligible for a telephone or video appearance and click on “Schedule Now” to schedule your remote appearance. Please note:

  • Your last opportunity to schedule a remote appearance is either 3:30 PM or 4:00 PM the business day BEFORE your hearing, depending on the hearing type.
  • 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.
  • Only ONE PERSON can connect using the remote appearance you schedule. You may schedule multiple people by using different email addresses.
  • The email confirmation will only be valid for the hearing you schedule for. You will either need to schedule yourself or request a remote appearance for future hearings.

 

Note: Parties must comply with California Rules of Court, rule 3.670, when applicable and any other applicable California Rule of Court.

Hearing Type Appearance Type Schedule
Case Management Conference Telephone Available

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

Schedule Now

Civil Trial Conference Telephone Available

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

Schedule Now

Compromise: Minor Claim Telephone Available

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

Schedule Now

Conservatorships Matters Telephone Available

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

Schedule Now

Default Judgments

Video Available – Eligible for Electronic Evidence

 

For instructions on how to upload electronic exhibits, see the Remote Appearance User Guide, pages 25-35.

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

Schedule Now

Once scheduled, you will receive an email detailing how to upload evidence.

Demurrer Telephone Available

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

Schedule Now

Ex Parte Hearings Telephone Available

Schedule your appearance no later than 3:30 PM the court day before your hearing.

Schedule Now

Further Proceedings Telephone Available

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

Schedule Now

Guardianship Matters Telephone Available

Schedule your appearance no later than 3:30 PM the court day before your hearing.

Schedule Now

Law & Motion Telephone Available

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

Schedule Now

Motion Hearing Telephone Available

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

Schedule Now

Order to Show Cause Hearing

Does not include Civil Harassment Matters

Telephone Available

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

Schedule Now

Petition Hearing Telephone Available

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

Schedule Now

Probate Pretrial Hearings Telephone Available

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

Schedule Now

Review Hearings Telephone Available

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

Schedule Now

Right to Attach Order & Writs Telephone Available

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

Schedule Now

Ruling on Submitted Matter Telephone Available

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

Schedule Now

Small Claims Hearings & Trials
Excluding Order of Examinations and Appeal Hearings

Video Available – Eligible for Electronic Evidence

 

For instructions on how to upload electronic exhibits, see the Remote Appearance User Guide, pages 25-35. If no one has scheduled a remote appearance on this case yet, electronic evidence will not be enabled and you will see a red error message.

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

Schedule Now

Once scheduled, you will receive an email detailing how to upload evidence.

Status Conference Telephone Available

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

Schedule Now

Trial Assignment Telephone Available

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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