General Court Policies:
- All in-court proceedings will be considered the same as if held in the courtroom and an official record will be made. Appropriate attire is required.
- The judge has authority over the proceeding and participants as if they were physically present in chambers or the courtroom.
- The judge may terminate the proceeding if the video conference experience is not acceptable.
- Appropriate conduct is required. Be courteous and patient.
- For in-chambers conferences, an official record will not be made, unless the judge determines one is necessary. Connection information may not be forwarded, distributed or shared with non-parties without the Court’s advance approval.
- Broadcasting, recording or photographing, including "screenshots" or other visual copying of a proceeding, is strictly prohibited.
- The court will not provide technical assistance for testing or troubleshooting equipment or connections, nor provide time during the proceeding to troubleshoot issues.
- Participants should take time prior to the proceeding to become familiar with Zoom. Directions, tutorials and support can be found at https://zoom.us. Devices and connections can be tested at https://zoom.us/test.
- Participants should use a good LAN, WiFi, or substantial LTE connection to ensure a quality connection.
Connecting to the Proceeding:
- If a connection link has been provided, click the link to join (or copy and paste the link into a web browser). If prompted, download or launch Zoom and join with video and audio.
- Alternatively, visit https://zoom.us/join from a computer and enter the Meeting or Webinar ID. If prompted, download or launch Zoom and join with video and audio.
- For Apple/Android tablets and phones, install the Zoom App from the Apple or Android Store prior to the proceeding. Launch the Zoom App and join using the Meeting or Webinar ID.
- Use your full name in the display of the video window.
- Mute sound when not speaking to eliminate background noise.
- Unmute only when necessary to speak. Press the space bar to temporarily unmute.
- Avoid rustling papers and other extraneous noises.
- Speak one at a time.
- Spell proper names.
- Position the camera at eye level or slightly above eye level.
- Remember to look directly at the camera, not at the screen.
- Be mindful of what is behind you. Choose a solid neutral wall, if possible.
- Have proper lighting, ideally where light is directly on your face.