As the result of the Covid-19 pandemic, Zoom Court Hearings have become common. Attorneys, parties, and other participants have participated in the virtual hearings in a more relaxed, informal, and at times in an inappropriate manner.
Maintaining the same decorum, formality, and respect for the court and with all other participants in the Zoom hearing shows respect for the judicial process and strengthens the presentation of your case.
Judges appear in black robes during virtual Zoom hearings. Attorneys and court participants should dress in a professional manner as in in a courtroom. Court participants would not wear T-shirts, jeans, hats, and similar clothing in a courtroom, they should also not dress in that manner while they are participating in a remote virtual Zoom hearing.
Tips for maintaining a professional demeanor during Zoom Court Hearings
- Do not to talk over others who are speaking
- Use a blank wall or select a virtual background that is not distracting.
- Mute your microphone when you are not speaking to avoid distracting noises.
- Test your video and audio connection and Zoom setup prior to the scheduled hearing.
- Speak closely to your microphone.
- Speak and act in a professional and respectful manner as you would in an actual courtroom.
- Avoid eating, drinking, or chewing gum during a hearing.
- Avoid interacting with children, pets, third parties, and other distractions during proceedings.
- Test Your Technology-Download the software to your computer or app to your phone or tablet several days ahead of time and make sure to test your device and practice using the software. Being prepared will not only help ensure you are present at your court proceeding, but give you peace of mind and confidence.
- Be sure that you have enough battery to last for the entire proceeding. Your battery may not last as long when using video and streaming the amount of data that is necessary for a court proceeding via Zoom.
- Make sure you have a link to enter the court proceedings and a meeting ID and password, if there is one.
- Video and Audio Preparation for Zoom Court: Practice muting yourself and turning the video on and off ahead of time to be sure you are adequately prepared. Test video and audio before court.
- Practice with a friend or family member so court won’t be the first time you use Zoom.
Update Your Name in Your Zoom Settings:Make sure that your name displays on your Zoom account settings and use the name that matches