Zoom Virtual Hearing Policy, Deadlines and Compliance

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Policy, Deadlines, and Guidance

If your civil or family law trial will be conducted via Zoom, please familiarize yourself with this document and its contents.  You will be responsible for adherence to its direction and requirements.

The judicial officer shall be the administrator of the trial.  All parties shall be required to sign into the hearing a minimum of fifteen (15) minutes before the start time.  Each party shall be required to confirm a contact telephone number and email address the Court can use in case they are disconnected during the trial.  Represented parties shall have the opportunity to communicate confidentially with their attorney by the use of either a phone or being “moved” into a virtual conference room by the judicial officer. 

If at any time the judicial officer presiding over a virtual proceeding determines that the audio or video connection is so poor as to interfere with the fair administration of justice, the hearing shall be postponed until such time as a better connection can be obtained or the matter can be set for an in-court proceeding.  It shall be the responsibility of a party or counsel to promptly inform the court if there has been a disruption of the communication that subsequently interferes with their ability to see or hear what is occurring during the virtual trial.  An objection to the quality of a hearing must be made before the parties have rested or the objection shall be considered untimely.

Because this will be a remote trial, the following additional rules will apply:  

Resource

Website

Zoom

https://zoom.us/

State Court’s Self-Help Page

https://bit.ly/35pQlvS

Cowlitz Wahkiakum Legal Aid Program

http://cwlap.org/

Cowlitz County Clerk

https://bit.ly/2GNZDb0

Cowlitz County Superior Court Local Rules

https://bit.ly/3iiJJ65

Superior Court Rules

https://bit.ly/2FlhTrB

Washington Law Help

https://www.washingtonlawhelp.org/

Washington Online Legal Forms

https://bit.ly/3ilZDwA

Northwest Justice Project

https://bit.ly/3maslmA

Ethnic Support Council

http://ethnicsupportcouncil.org/

Online Child Support Calculator

https://bit.ly/2Fh9JRg

Quick Child Support Estimator

https://bit.ly/35qwXz0

Updated:  September 28, 2020

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