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I. POLICIES GOVERNING TELEPHONIC APPEARANCES
Telephonic appearances are allowed in all matters before Judge Deborah J. Saltzman without prior approval, except the following:
All telephonic appearances must be arranged through Court Call, an independent conference call company, pursuant to the procedures set forth in Sections II and III.
Before requesting a telephonic appearance, counsel should check Judge Saltzman’s calendar on the court’s website (www.cacb.uscourts.gov) to review any tentative ruling concerning the matter on calendar (to view the calendar click on Tentative Rulings). Each party who appears telephonically will be expected to have reviewed and be familiar with the applicable tentative ruling.
Please be aware that individuals making telephonic appearances do so at their own risk. Absent extraordinary circumstances, hearings will not be rescheduled due to missed connections. If an individual schedules a telephonic appearance and then fails to respond to the call of a matter on calendar, the court may pass the matter, treat the failure to respond as an intent to accept the tentative ruling, or treat the failure to respond as a failure to appear. Scheduling simultaneous telephonic appearances in multiple courts does not excuse a failure to appear.
II. HOW TO ARRANGE A TELEHONIC APPEARANCE
Counsel should arrange telephone appearances by calling Court Call at (866) 582-6878. You may arrange for a telephone appearance up until the starting time of the scheduled hearing. It is recommended that you contact Court Call not later than 8:30 a.m. the day of the hearing.
If Court Call is not able to accommodate counsel’s late request, counsel will not be permitted to appear telephonically and must make an appearance in court as usual.
III. PROCEDURE FOR TELEPHONIC APPEARANCE
Court Call will provide counsel with written confirmation of a telephonic appearance and will give counsel a number to call to make the telephonic appearance. It is counsel’s responsibility to dial into the call prior to the scheduled hearing. Court Call does not place a call to counsel. Court Call charges a fee for a telephonic appearance. If you do not call and connect the Court Call operator in a timely manner, you will be billed for the call, the hearing may proceed in your absence, and the court may treat your absence as a failure to appear.
Telephonic appearances are connected directly with the courtroom’s public address system and electronic recording equipment. Participants should be able to hear all parties without difficulty, echo or other interference. To ensure the quality of the record, the use of cellular phones is prohibited except in the most extreme emergencies. If an individual's cellular phone is causing any interference, the court may ask that individual to disconnect from the hearing, and that individual will be deemed to have waived his or her appearance in the matter. Similarly, if a cellular phone disconnects during a hearing, the party appearing on cellular phone will be deemed to have waived his or her appearance.
After you have placed your call to the Court Call, at the time of your hearing, you may initially be in the listening mode, in which case you will be able to hear the matters before yours just as if you were in the courtroom. After your call is connected to the courtroom, the judge will call the case, request appearances, and direct the manner in which the hearing proceeds. Each time you speak, you should identify yourself for the record. The court’s teleconferencing system allows more than one speaker to be heard, so the judge can interrupt a speaker to ask a question or redirect the discussion. When the judge informs the participants that the hearing is completed, you may disconnect and the next case will be called.
Telephonic appearances by multiple participants are only possible when there is compliance with every procedural requirement. Sanctions may be imposed when there is any deviation from the required procedures or the court determines that an individual's conduct makes telephonic appearances inappropriate. Sanctions may include dropping a matter from calendar, continuing the hearing, proceeding in the absence of an unavailable participant, a monetary sanction, and/or a permanent prohibition against an individual appearing telephonically.
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