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Telephonic Appearances


A Telephonic Appearance is when a party wishes to attend a hearing remotely via telephone.  The request can be made by  case litigants, attorneys or other case participants for eligible hearing types only.   Most hearings will require a fee to be paid (via credit card) at the time the appearance is scheduled.   


Before you start

When using the system (VCourt) to schedule a remote appearance, you must know the case number.  If you need help finding this, click the Case Information link and simply lookup your case by name.  The case number will be on this screen. 

Telephonic appearances should be scheduled no less than two (2) court days before the hearing using this website. If you prefer to schedule by phone, you may call our (bi-lingual) Call Center at:  (833) 429-7564. To avoid paying a late fee, these must be schedule no less than 48 hours prior to your court appearance date/time

If VCourt does not show a hearing for the case# you entered, it is most likely a hearing type that is not eligible to be heard via remote telephonic appearance - these are instances where the court has made your physical appearance mandatory.  Please refer to the list of eligible hearing types before contacting the court about a hearing not in VCourt.

Confirmation email

Following the completion of scheduling, you will receive an email confirming your telephonic appearance. The confirmation will contain the telephone number to call for your telephonic appearance.  It also contains your conference ID, and  PIN#.
You must have this information to call in for your hearing.

Day of Appearance

Call the number stated in your email confirmation at least five minutes before your scheduled hearing time. Remember - you are appearing in a live courtroom and we STRONGLY advise to use a clear phone where you can hear, concentrate and be heard clearly.  If your call is inaudible due to an abundance of background noise or interference, your call will be muted. 

Once dialed into VCourt, you must know your conference ID and PIN# (these are on the confirmation email mentioned above) to enable the system can check you into the proper hearing. Your phone will be placed on mute or hold until court begins.


Telephonic Appearances in Civil, Family Law and Probate cases

Remote telephonic appearances are allowed for most law and motion matters except those matters requiring personal appearance, pursuant to California Rules of Court, Rule 3.670(e). The Court has the discretion to modify the rule and require personal appearance, or make special allowance to appear via telephone, pursuant to California Rules of Court, Rule 3.670(f). If you wish to appear telephonically on a matter that would typically require personal appearance, judicial approval is required. You may submit your request on Local Form CIV-9, Ex Parte Application to Appear Telephonically and Order. For hearing types that require judicial approval, the court will notify the requesting party if the request is denied at least two (2) court days in advance of the hearing. Please note:  if judicial approval is granted, you will still need to schedule the appearance via the court’s telephonic appearance system.  We do not schedule your appearance automatically.

In order to appear telephonically for a Family Law Support hearing on matters involving the Department of Child Support Services, parties must serve and file Judicial Council Form FL-679,Request for Telephonic Appearance (Governmental) at least twelve (12) court days before the hearing regardless of whether or not their hearing type requires judicial approval. The court will notify the party of its decision on the request for telephone appearance no later than five (5) court days prior to hearing.

Fee's and Time Requirements

Most telephone appearances must be scheduled at least two (2) court days prior to hearing or requesting party may be required to pay an additional fee. A late fee will not be charged to opposing party on an ex parte application, when the court sets a motion on shortened time, when a tentative ruling is posted less than two days before hearing, or when request is made by a party having received notice of another party’s request to appear by telephone. California Rules of Court, Rule 3.670(1)(2).

Telephone appearance fees are set in accordance with California Rules of Court, Rule 3.670(k)(m), as follows:

Telephone Appearance fee $ 94.00
Late Fee $ 30.00
Cancellation Fee $   5.00

Pursuant to California Rules of Court, Rule 3.670(l), no fee shall be charged to a party that has a current fee waiver.


Pursuant to California Rules of Court, 3.670(k)(3), a fee of $5 is to be charged instead of the fees under (1) and (2) if a party cancels a telephone appearance request and no telephone appearance is made. A hearing or appearance that is taken off calendar or continued by the court is not a cancellation under this rule. If the hearing or appearance is taken off calendar by the court, there is no charge for the telephone appearance.

You must cancel the original appearance date in order to receive a refund. All cancellations must be completed online by 8:00 a.m. on the day of the hearing to receive a refund. Full refunds including the $5.00 fee will only be issued for cases that were cancelled or continued by the court without being heard. If your hearing date is continued without being heard, you MUST cancel the original appearance date and reschedule/complete a new transaction for the continued date.


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