On July 1, 2014, the court will move from CourtCall to a court-run remote telephonic appearance system.
For hearings between now and June 30, 2014, please continue to schedule your appearances directly through CourtCall by calling (888) 882-6878 (telephone), (888) 883-2946 (facsimile), or http://www.courtcall.com (internet).
For hearings on or after July 1, 2014, you must schedule your appearance through the court’s website (Click the link on the bottom of the page). For more information on the transition to the new appearance system please see below and visit our “How to” document.
Civil law cases/hearing types that allow phone appearances include, but are not limited to the following: Probate, Conservatorship, Guardianship, Law and Motions and Case Management Conferences (CMC).
After July 1, 2014, telephone appearances for said calendars will be governed by Local Rule 20.8 (effective July 1, 2014). The court will no longer use CourtCall after that date. Telephone appearances through June 2014 will continue to be governed by the current Local Rules.
Please see attached “Civil Law Hearing Types” document for a list of civil law hearing types that allow remote telephonic appearances.
In order to appear via remote telephonic appearance, parties MUST, BOTH, request to appear by telephonic appearance from the judicial officer AND schedule the appearance through the website. If a party schedules an appearance, but the judicial officer denies the request, the party will need to cancel the appointment online (see below). Failure to cancel and notify the court will result in the forfeiture of the appearance fees.
Parties will still need to schedule the telephonic appearance via the court’s website.
Please see attached “Family Law Hearing Types” document for a list of family law hearing types that allow remote telephonic appearances.
Other Case Types
Remote telephonic appearances are limited to Civil and Family Law hearings at this time.
Telephonic Appearance Fee
Pursuant to California Rules of Court Rule 3.670(k)(1), the fee to appear by telephone is $86 for each appearance.
If a party has a fee waiver for the case, the telephonic appearance fee is automatically waived.
Pursuant to California Rules of Court Rule 3.670(k)(2):
An additional late request fee of $30 is to be charged for an appearance by telephone if the request to the vendor or the court providing telephone services is not made at least two days before the scheduled appearance, except:
(A) When an opposing party has provided timely notice under (h)(4) on an ex parte application or other hearing, conference, or proceeding, no late fee is to be charged to that party;
(B) When the court, on its own motion, sets a hearing or conference on shortened time, no late fee is to be charged to any party;
(C) When the matter has a tentative ruling posted within the two day period, no late fee is to be charged to any party; and
(D) When the request to appear by telephone is made by a party that received notice of another party's intent to appear and afterward decides also to appear by telephone under (h)(2), no late fee is to be charged to that party if its request is made to the vendor or the court providing the service by noon on the court day before the hearing or conference.
The court reserves the right to audit scheduled appearances made online. If the court finds that the 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.
Pursuant to California Rules of Court Rule 3.670(k)(3):
A fee of $5 is to be charged instead of the fees under (1) and (2) if a party cancels a telephone appearance request and no telephone appearance is made. A hearing or appearance that is taken off calendar or continued by the court is not a cancelation under this rule. If the hearing or appearance is taken off calendar by the court, there is no charge for the telephone appearance.
Cancellation of a telephonic appearance reservation must be made by 9:00 am on the day of the hearing. Cancellations after that time will not receive a refund.
To cancel your appearance, click on the link below. You will need the e-mail address used to sign-up and the receipt number.
If you would like to make a claim, contest a payment and/or fee, please call (916) 408-6000.