Life in the Time of COVID: Learn How You Can Prepare for a Virtual Hearing in California
There is no question we are living in strange times and it is up to everyone to find ways to make things work. In some counties, the courts are going entirely virtual or partially virtual. If you are gearing up for a virtual hearing, there are a few things you can do to prepare. Keep reading to learn what they are and then contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free consultation. This is not something you should take on without the help of an experienced personal injury attorney.
Keep Up to Date on the Details
If the court decides that your hearing is going to be online, you will either hear that from the court or from your attorney. The court will provide the date and time of the hearing and should be clear on what is needed at the time of the hearing. Make sure you are checking any phone numbers or emails that they might provide this information in. If you are not able to attend at the time they assign, you will need to let your attorney know right away.
What You Will Need for the Hearing
While the specific program you use might vary from county to county, there are a few things you can count on needing. First, you will need quality internet that offers at least 1.5M download/upload per second. You can test your internet speed by searching for an internet speed test online.
You will also need a phone, computer, or tablet that has a built-in microphone and camera. If you do not have that, then you might need to invest in an external camera or microphone that can be plugged into the device you will be using. If you cannot do that, then you should talk to your attorney to determine your best options.
Finally, you will need whatever video conference app or phone conferencing app the hearing is using. The court will give you this information and directions on how to get started. Make sure you download and test the program before the day of your meeting.
How to Prepare for the Virtual Hearing
To get ready for the hearing, find a quiet area in which you are unlikely to be interrupted. Test the device you intend to use, and read through the instructions on how to use them. Log in well before your appointed time to make sure nothing goes wrong. Once it has started, do not speak unless you are asked to speak. Follow the judge’s instructions.
There might be other things you know that are specific to your particular case. In that event, your attorney should tell you what to say – and what not to say. You can contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas now at 909-982-0707 if you would like to request a free legal consultation.