The courts are now finally having virtual hearings. If you have never done one before, especially if you are a self-represented party, it may seem overwhelming, and it’s very common to have questions as to how to be prepared.
You will need a stable internet connection, and an electronic device capable of using video and audio so that you can see and hear the other people in the Microsoft Teams meeting. The judicial branch has selected Microsoft Teams as the platform. In some instances, judges may make exceptions to only require audio and not video, but that is something that would need to be decided upon in advance. You should download the Microsoft Teams app and create your user login well before your hearing date. We suggest giving it a few test runs to make sure you are comfortable with it and that it works properly. There are also tutorials available online if you are still hesitant.
Where should I go for my hearing? Definitely not the local coffee shop. You will want to be in a calm and quiet environment during your hearing. This will help you focus, and ensure that you can hear everything everyone else is saying.
How will I remember what is said? You should anticipate taking notes. You can either use a notepad and pen, or type them up as the hearing goes along. Just remember that if you are typing, other parties to the virtual hearing may be able to hear you hitting the keys. There will also be a court reporter logged on to create a transcript of the hearing, which you can then order for your own files.
Do I need to dress up? We suggest that you dress as professionally as possible. Not only does being well dressed usually boost your own confidence, but it will show everyone else that you are taking this seriously.
What do I do with my kids? Well, if you can, secure childcare. The less noise and distractions the better! If you are not able to secure childcare you may want to try having them watch a movie in the other room, or a fun activity for them to do alone like a puzzle. The courts have encouraged people to be in as much of a “distraction-free” setting as possible.
We know that this can seem very overwhelming, and tough to tackle on your own. What if we told you that you don’t have to? Wolf & Shore Law Group is here to help! We will prepare you for your hearing, and make sure that you have the confidence you need. Let us do the hard work for you!
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