Numerous hearings in the past few months have been conducted via Zoom or other remote means. If you are already familiar with this type of technology, this may not be concerning to you. However, if you are not as familiar with this technology, these hearings may be daunting. The following guidance may be of assistance in preparing for your upcoming remote hearing:

 

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If you are not speaking, mute yourself to prevent unwanted background noise or audio feedback. Take a moment to locate your mute button. Usually found at the bottom left of your screen.
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For hearings with an interpreter, you will hear the judge direct as follows: “We have multiple participants on this line, including an interpreter for the litigant(s). To allow the interpreter to do their job in the consecutive mode, all speakers must pause after each statement. Be prepared to be interrupted by the court interpreter or what you say will not be accurately communicated to the litigant. If you are not speaking, mute yourself so we don’t pick up background noise or unwanted audio feedback. Take a moment to locate your mute button now.
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When you want to speak, unmute yourself and identify yourself by stating your last name. Identify yourself each time a change is made in who is speaking, otherwise, the court reporter may have a difficult time determining who you are.
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When you do speak, stay close to and face your microphone.
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Verbal responses are essential. Do not nod your head to respond.
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Speak slowly and pause before and after responses.
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Be careful about talking over another speaker.
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Lastly, this is a formal proceeding. Treat it as if you are present in the courtroom. Dress professionally and give deference to the court.
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The judge or designated staff will admit only those parties necessary to the case at hand. You may “wait” in a virtual “waiting room” until invited in.