Judge Civil Motions

PROTOCOLS AND PROCEDURES FOR JUDGE CIVIL MOTIONS

How to determine whether oral argument is requested for your hearing:

All civil motions on the Judges’ Civil Motions Calendar, Tuesday through Friday, shall be considered on written materials submitted without oral argument, unless the Judge assigned to that civil motions calendar specifically requests oral argument.

Effective Tuesday, January 12, 2021, parties should determine whether oral argument is requested by checking the case notes for their scheduled hearing via the Odyssey Portal after 5:30p.m. two days before the hearing.  Oral argument will be conducted via Zoom. If no time for the hearing is indicated on the Odyssey Portal hearing note, parties should appear by 9:30a.m.


General protocols for participation in a Zoom hearing:

  1. Zoom hearings may be accessed via telephone, computer, tablet or other internet capable device. Determine how you will participate in your zoom hearing by reading the instructions for each option below. 
    Parties and attorneys who have the Zoom application are encouraged to utilize it, even for audio only hearings, and should enter the meeting using their full name. This will expedite the process of being admitted to the hearing and allow the hearing to start timely. 
  2. Participants shall remain muted until asked to unmute themselves and will promptly identify themselves when asked to do so by the clerk or the court. 
  3. Participants appearing via video shall ensure that they are properly attired, and do not engage in any activity they would not be permitted to engage in while in a physical courtroom. 
  4. Anyone who has a scheduled hearing must appear via Zoom on the date of the hearing by the time the court calls the case or else the person may be deemed to have failed to appear. Any participant who appears late for their Zoom hearing will remain in the waiting room until the end of the calendar or until the judicial officer authorizes their law clerk to allow the attorney or party into the Zoom meeting.

To participate via computer: 

  1. Ensure your computer has the Zoom software installed.  You may visit Zoom.us to install the needed software at no charge.

    If you do not wish to install software, you may utilize the web client.  You must be signed in to a Zoom account and utilize a browser that meets the requirements.  Visit Zoom.us and login to your account to learn more about using the web client.   
  2. Ensure your computer has a working camera, microphone and speakers that are compatible with Zoom.  You can do this by joining a test meeting online at Zoom.us/test.

    If your microphone and/or speakers do not work, you can use a phone to connect to the audio of the meeting.  Follow the instructions below for participating via telephone.
  3. Ensure the internet or network connection you plan to use is steady and will not drop or fade out during your hearing.  Ethernet/wired connections on a computer are best.
  4. Ensure you are in a quiet space and turn off voice-activated devices around you when possible.   
  5. Click the link below for the appropriate calendar for your hearing at least 10 minutes prior to the hearing start time.
  6. When prompted by Zoom for a display name, enter your First and Last Name.  
  7. Wait to be admitted to the meeting by the court.  
  8. Once admitted to the meeting, you should mute yourself until the court addresses your case or asks you to identify yourself.  Listen carefully.

To participate via smartphone: 

  1. Ensure your phone has the Zoom client installed.  You may visit Zoom.us or your phone’s app store to install the needed software at no charge. 
  2. Ensure your phone has a working camera, microphone and speakers.  You can do this by joining a test meeting online at Zoom.us/test.   
  3. Ensure the internet or network connection you plan to use is steady and will not drop or fade out during your hearing.  
  4. Ensure you are in a quiet space and turn off voice-activated devices around you when possible.   
  5. Open the Zoom app on your phone and enter the meeting ID and password below for the appropriate calendar for your hearing at least 10 minutes before the start time of your hearing. 
  6. When prompted by Zoom for a display name, enter your First and Last Name.  
  7. Wait to be admitted to the meeting by the court.  
  8. Once admitted to the meeting, you should mute yourself until the court addresses your case or asks you to identify yourself.  Listen carefully.

To participate via telephone: 

  1. If using a cell phone, ensure you are in an area with a steady network connection.
  2. Dial 253-215-8782 and enter the information found below for the appropriate calendar when prompted. When Zoom experiences a high volume of calls, you may receive a message indicating the number is not in service. If this occurs, hang up and dial the number again. 
  3. Wait to be admitted to the meeting by the court.  
  4. Once admitted to the meeting, you should mute yourself until the court addresses your case or asks you to identify yourself.  Listen carefully.

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