To attend court remotely you will need a desktop computer with a working camera and microphone or a smartphone. You will need a stable internet connection or data. You will also need to know your case number and location or courtroom of your hearing. When a remote hearing is granted by the Judge the Court shall provide adequate notice to the parties and ensure that the parties are able to participate remotely. Notice shall be provided to the parties in one of the following ways:
1. Court staff may telephone the parties before the hearing to obtain their email addresses. The invitation to the Zoom hearing and password shall then be emailed to the parties.
2. If the party does not have an email address or the ability to join by video, the party shall provide a telephone number to join the meeting via telephone.
3. The Deputy Circuit Clerk shall provide notice to the participants by mail of the court proceeding, court date, time of hearing and the Zoom meeting ID.
4. Instruction with how to access Zoom shall be provided to the participants with the notice.
**Before your hearing you will need to install the zoom app on your computer or mobile device and create a Zoom account (free) in order to authenticate and be admitted into the hearing. The host will be required to disable at scheduled meetings that do not require authentication. This will help to prevent Zoombombing, and, authenticated users can be audited if acceptable use policy is breached.**
From a PC: https://zoom.us
You will join the virtual courtroom at the scheduled time by entering the meeting ID and password contained on your Notice of Remote Hearing email or mailer if joining by telephone.
A. If you are self-represented and have not received a link for the video conference prior to the scheduled time, it is your responsibility to contact the Judge's office to obtain the link.
B. It is your responsibility to keep your contact information current with the Circuit Clerk's office during the pendency of your case.
C. If you have an attorney it is your responsibility to contact your attorney to ensure you have the link to join the conference at the designated time.
D. All parties must be logged into the conference on time.
When you enter the virtual courtroom your video will automatically be on and your audio muted until the hearing begins.
Normal courtroom rules and demeanor apply.