All hearings through August 31, 2020 are Virtual Court Appearances. DO NOT COME TO MUNICIPAL COURT IN PERSON.

Virtual hearings are encouraged. When court is able to reopen at a later date, wait times will be longer than usual.

Applying for virtual hearing

Due to a large number of requests apply soon enough to allow up to seven (7) business days for a reply. Please see the eligibility guidelines below.

Use this easy Virtual Hearing request application

or email 

  • You must include your name, date of birth, email address and a phone number.
  • If available, include your driver’s license number and ticket number(s).
  • Attache any additional information and/or documents.

You will receive an email with your virtual court appearance date, time and a ZOOM link to join the meeting. 

Eligibility guidelines to apply for a virtual appearance:

  • Address your case before the scheduled court date. If you do not appear at a virtual hearing, you still must appear at the in-person court date. Failure to appear at an in-person court date could result in warrant for your arrest.
  • Enter a plea of guilty on cases that are punishable by fine only. If you plead GUILTY at a virtual court appearance, you have the same opportunity to enter a payment plan.
  • Request time to pay or modification of payment plan. 
  • Request probation condition modifications (i.e. more time to complete a class, complete a class through a different agency).
  • Request a continuance of a future court date.
  • Request a Legal Aid (court provided) attorney to resolve eligible case(s) at a future hearing.
  • Resolve outstanding warrant. (at the discretion of the judge)
  • You attorney who completed a plea negotiation with the prosecutor.

Technology for Virtual Court Appearances

  • You will need internet access with microphone and camera to appear by video, or just the microphone capability to appear by audio only.  
  • If using a cell phone or wireless device, you will have to install the ZOOM APP before the conference begins if you do not already have it.
  • Once you join the meeting, you will be placed in a Zoom waiting room and you will be granted access by the judge when your case is called. There may be other cases ahead of you, please wait. We thank you for your patience.
  • During the meeting, you may be placed in a separate room of the virtual court appearance to talk with prosecutors or other court personnel, then brought back in front of the Judge

Tips for Virtual Court Appearances

  • Dress in a soft solid color.  If a tie is worn, use a solid color tie.
  • When speaking, remember to look directly at the webcam, not at the screen.
  • Position the camera at your eye level or slightly above eye level.
  • Be mindful of what is behind you, choose a solid neutral wall if possible.
  • Check the lighting.
  • Speak one at a time and pause prior to speaking in case there is any audio/video lag.
  • Mute yourself when not speaking to avoid potential background noise. Test your connection and Zoom setup with a test meeting.

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