Remote Court Appearances Guide for Participants
Participants must conduct themselves for remote hearings as if they were physically in the courtroom.
- Where court is proceeding by video, counsel, litigants, and witnesses are expected to appear on video, barring technical impediments.
- Recording, publishing, broadcasting, reproducing, photographing, or otherwise disseminating the video, audio, or any photograph of any remote hearing is prohibited (subject to limited exceptions which are to be addressed with the presiding jurist).
- Participants should join the remote appearance early. If technical support is needed, please contact Zoom’s Help Centre. If technical difficulties are experienced which prevent a participant from hearing, seeing, or following the hearing, they should immediately notify the Court by speaking, raising their hand, or using Zoom’s “Raise Hand” button. If joining a Zoom hearing by phone, they may raise their hand by pressing *9. If a participant becomes disconnected from the hearing, they should immediately attempt to rejoin.
- Participants should ensure their device is charged or connected to a power source. Video calls can deplete the battery quickly.
- Participants must be in a private, quiet space.
- Participants must dress appropriately. Counsel must wear business attire.
- Participants’ screen name must be surname, given name, unless otherwise directed by the court.
- Inappropriate profiles or background photos must not be used.
- Participants must remain on mute until their matter is called, and notifications on their phone or computer must be turned off.
- Only one person can speak at a time.
- Those participating by telephone should not use speakerphone or put the call on hold (as it may produce disruptive sounds). A landline is better than a cell phone. Participants must say their name for the record before they speak.
- Participants are not to eat or drink anything except water, nor to smoke or vape.
- Participants with documents relevant to their case should have them ready. Witnesses should not refer to documents or any other material whilst testifying, unless granted leave by the Court.
- Public Observers and the Media
- Self-Represented Litigants in a Criminal Proceeding
- Self-Represented Litigants in a Family Court Proceeding
- Information for Defendants in Provincial Offences cases