Court Appearances by Telephone
What is CourtCall?
CourtCall is an organized program allowing attorneys to appear by telephone in certain nonevidentiary pre-trial proceedings.
By paying a fixed fee in advance, attorneys may secure a place on the Court's Telephonic Hearing Calendar and make an appearance without leaving their home, office or other convenient location. The fee for this service is $94.00. CourtCall is voluntary and supplements, but does not replace, the regular calendar for those matters requiring personal appearance. All CourtCall appearances should be arranged no later than 5 Court days prior to the hearing.
How do I reach CourtCall?
1-888-88-COURT or 1-888-882-6878
You must pre-clear your appearance by contacting Court Call at least five (5) COURT days prior to hearing. Add-ons will only be considered by setting an ex parte hearing before the assigned judge.
How does CourtCall work?
Most pre-trial proceedings are conducted through daily calendars. With CourtCall, a lawyer appears by telephone on a regularly scheduled Telephonic Hearing Calendar by simply calling the dedicated toll-free teleconference number listed above. The Court Clerk calls the same number using state of the art full duplex teleconferencing equipment. After a brief check-in period during which all participating lawyers report their appearances to the Clerk, the calendar is conducted case by case, just as in personal appearances.
Is there a fee associated with CourtCall?
The fee for this service is $94.00.
What types of matters can use CourtCall?
- Law and Motion matters that do not require evidence
- All Case Management Conferences
Trials and settlement conferences cannot be handled through Court Call, and no evidence will be taken on court call.
Certain probate cases may utilize Court Call. If you are unsure as to whether or not you can appear by CourtCall, contact the Probate Department.
- Case Management Conferences not exceeding 15 minutes in Division H and J and also Department 17.
- Law and Motion not exceeding 15 minutes in Division H and J and also Department 17.
Trials, pre-trials and settlement conferences cannot be handled through Court Call, and no evidence will be taken on court call.