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IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS AND CONSIDERATIONS, THEN CHOOSE YOUR COURTROOM AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE

During the COVID-19 Global Pandemic, the 14th Judicial DIstrict has implemented virtual courtrooms through WebEx in order to continue to continue to provide essential judicial services to the public.

Please click here for Chief Judge Order Concerning WEBEX Procedures For Court Hearings

Please click here for instruction on How To Join Virtual Courtroom

Click the Judge's name assigned to the case you wish to observe or participate in if you are a party to the case.  If you are unsure which Judge pertains to your case, please click here or on the docket tab to the left navigation bar on our homepage.

ITEMS TO CONSIDER WHEN PARTICIPATING IN HEARING BY AUDIO OR VIDEO CONFERENCE

  1. Background noise needs to be kept to a minimum as it will interfere with the ability of everyone to hear testimony and to make a record of the hearing.  Use of speaker phones is discouraged. Keeping your phone on mute helps, but that may not be possible when counsel needs to make objections.

  2. Everyone at the hearing needs to make sure that you are in a location with excellent internet or phone service (depending how you are participating in the hearing).If you are using a cell phone make sure the battery has enough charge to get through the hearing or you can connect it to power.

  3. When you join a Webex hearing, you may not hear anything until the judge connects you to your hearing.It is also possible that you may join a hearing already in progress.Please wait patiently until your case is called.

  4. Only one person can talk at a time.  Do not interrupt each other.

  5. When using WebEx, please enter your name when on video.This should help identify who is talking on the video.

  6. If your client is going to be in a separate location you need a plan forhow you will communicate with them confidentially during the hearing (separate phone line, texting, chat, email, etc.) However, you may not communicate with them (or other witnesses) while they are testifying.

  7. Hearings will almost certainly take longer.  Allow for at least 1.5x as long for the hearing as you would expect it to take if it was in person.

  8. The Court will only be making a record of the audio of the hearing.There will not be a recording of any video. If a witness is gesturing or pointing to something you need to provide a verbal record of what the witness is doing if that is important.

  9. Make sure that your client/witness is familiar with how they participate in the hearing well in advance of the hearing.  Remember that not everyone has the level of technical sophistication that most attorneys do.  Talk with your client/witness in advance to make sure that they are comfortable with the technology and have the proper equipment to participate in the hearing.  

  10. If there are parties that would like to listen to the hearing, but are not testifying, it is recommended they listen in by phone. 

  11.  For evidentiary hearings, all proposed exhibits must be filed with the Court prior to the hearing. You will need to have your exhibits organized and delivered to the witnesses and opposing counsel in advance of the hearing.  Any audio or audiovisual recording that may be offered into evidence must be provided to the court in advance of the hearing on a jumpdrive and must be in a format that can be played without proprietary software.  All exhibit pages will need to be individually numbered because you will not be able to approach the witness and show them what you are referring to.  The copies provided to the court and opposing counsel need to be similarly numbered.   Discussing exhibits with opposing counsel in advance of the hearing, trying to reach stipulations and not submitting duplicate exhibits is going to be extra important.  Counsel is expected to know how to utilize the “share screen” function in WebEx to publish exhibits for all participants (see Webex Help for information). Explain to any witness that if an objection is made they need to stop talking until the judge has ruled on the objection.  

 

 

 

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