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NOTICE RE TELEPHONIC APPEARANCE PROCEDURES FOR
JUDGE VICTORIA S. KAUFMAN’S CASES
I. POLICIES GOVERNING TELEPHONIC APPEARANCES.
Telephonic appearances are allowed in all matters before Judge Kaufman in Courtroom # 301 of the San Fernando Valley Division, EXCEPT the following:
No telephonic appearance will be allowed unless it is made through Court Call, an independent conference call company, pursuant to the procedures set forth in Section II.
If an individual schedules a telephonic appearance and fails to respond when the matter is called on calendar, the Court may pass the matter or may treat the failure to respond as a failure to appear. Scheduling simultaneous telephonic appearances in multiple courts does not excuse a failure to appear when a matter placed on the calendar is called.
Individuals making use of the conference call service are cautioned that they do so at their own risk. Hearings generally will not be rescheduled as a result of missed connections.
II. SCHEDULING A TELEPHONIC APPEARANCE.
A. Contact Court Call
By Telephone: Telephone appearances may be arranged by calling Court Call at (866) 582-6878 no later than 3:00 p.m. the court day prior to the hearing date. Any request for a telephonic appearance made to Court Call after this deadline must be Court approved by contacting Judge Kaufman’s chambers at (818) 587-2823.
By Written Request: Written requests may only be done if the request is made at least two (2) court days in advance of the hearing date. The facsimile telephone number at Court Call is (866) 533-2946.
III. PROCEDURE FOR TELEPHONIC APPEARANCE.
Court Call will provide counsel with written confirmation of a telephonic appearance and give counsel a number to call to make the telephonic appearance. It is counsel’s responsibility to dial into the call not later than 10 minutes prior to the scheduled hearing. Court Call does not place a call to counsel. If you do not call and connect with the Court Call operator timely, you will be billed for the call and the hearing may proceed in your absence.
Court Call will charge the appearing party directly. If you have questions about the amounts chargeable by Court Call as a result of scheduling or making a telephonic appearance, contact Court Call.
Telephonic appearances are connected directly with the courtroom’s public address system and electronic recording equipment so that a normal record is produced. To ensure the quality of the record, the use of car phones, cellular phones, speaker phones, public telephone booths, or phones in other public places is prohibited except in the most extreme emergencies. Participants should be able to hear all parties without difficulty or echo.
At the time of your hearing, you may be placed in a listening mode initially and will be able to hear the case 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 upon any deviation from the required procedures or if the Court determines that a person’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 a person appearing telephonically.
Revised: June 2015
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