Telephonic Court Appearances
Phone: (415) 444-7260
Email: vcourt@marincourt.org


vCourt Telephonic Appearances

Marin County Superior Court has a court-run telephonic appearance system. If your hearing is eligible for a telephonic appearance, read the following and click the link at the bottom of the page to schedule your appearance. You cannot register for a telephonic appearance over the phone. Your telephonic appearance must be scheduled two (2) court days prior to the scheduled hearing.

Except as otherwise stated below, and subject to the Court's right to amend this list, parties or counsel shall have the option of appearing by telephone in case management, law and motion, and probate proceedings if:
  1. Counsel or self-represented parties have fully briefed all issues in writing and wish only to be available to respond to questions from the Court or argument of opposing counsel, and
  2. All documents and exhibits have been filed with the pleadings of the parties and no further documentation will be offered.
Exceptions

The following hearing types are not eligible for telephonic appearances:

  • Hearings on motions in limine;
  • Hearings on temporary restraining orders;
  • Judgment debtor examinations;
  • Mandatory settlement conferences;
  • Evidentiary hearings;
  • Trial management conferences; and
  • Ex parte applications, except:
    1. Parties responding to an ex parte application. To schedule the telephonic appearance, contact the Court at vcourt@marincourt.org.
    2. As ordered by the Court.

Any party wishing to appear telephonically for hearings, conferences, and proceedings, listed as requiring a personal appearance, must obtain prior approval from the judicial officer. Parties must file form
MISC-001 at least twelve (12) court days before the hearing if the hearing, conference, and proceeding requires a personal appearance and judicial approval. If judicial approval has been previously granted by a judicial officer on the record and both parties are present in court, no further notice is required and form MISC-001 does not need to be resubmitted. If judicial approval is granted, you will still need to schedule the appearance via the Court's telephonic appearance system. We will not schedule your appearance automatically.

Other Rules And Procedures

The Court reserves the authority, at any time, to reject any telephonic appearance. When the Court rejects a request for telephonic appearance, it shall order a refund of deposited telephonic appearance fees.

The Court reserves the authority to halt the telephonic hearing on any matter and order a personal appearance at a later date and time, in which instance no refund of fees is ordered.

Existing rules and procedures regarding the making of the record by a court reporter or electronic device or obtaining a transcript after the hearing shall apply to hearings at which telephonic appearances are made. No recordings may be made of telephonic appearances except in compliance with California Rules of Court (CRC).

Notice to Party

Except as provided in CRC 3.670(h)(6), a party choosing to appear by telephone at a hearing, conference, or proceeding, other than on an ex parte application, must either follow 3.670(h)(1)(a) or 3.670(h)(1)(b) to notify the Court and all other parties of the party's intent to appear by telephone.

Fee/Payment

Pursuant to California Rules of Court Rule 3.670(k)(1), the fee to appear by telephone is $86 for each case appearance, unless waived by order of the Court.
  • A case with multiple hearings scheduled at the same time, on the same day, in the same department requires a single $86 appearance fee.
  • A case with multiple hearings scheduled at different times on the same day requires the $86 appearance fee for each scheduled hearing time.
  • The Court will accept American Express, Discover, and MasterCard credit and debit cards only. The Court will not accept cash, paper checks, or e-checks. If a party has an active fee waiver for the case, the telephonic appearance fee is waived.
Late Payment

Pursuant to California Rules of Court Rule 3.670(k)(2), an additional late request fee of $30 is to be charged for an appearance by telephone if the request is not made at least two (2) days before the scheduled appearance, except:
  • When an opposing party has provided timely notice under CRC 3.670(h)(4) on an ex parte application or other hearing, conference or proceeding, no late fee is to be charged to that party;
  • When the Court, on its own motion, sets a hearing or conference on shortened time, no late fee is to be charged to any party;
  • When the matter has a tentative ruling posted within the two (2) day period, no late fee is to be charged to any party; or
  • When the request to appear by telephone is made by a party that received notice of another party's intent to appear, and afterward decides also to appear by telephone under (h)(2), no late fee is to be charged to that party if its' request is made by noon on the court day before the hearing or conference.
The Court reserves the right to audit scheduled appearances made online. If the Court find that the party has made a late appearance per CRC 3.670 and a false selection was made, the party will be charged the additional $30 and may be referred to collections.

Cancellations/Refunds

Pursuant to California Rules of Court Rule 3.670(k)(3), a fee of $5 is to be charged if a party cancels a telephone appearance request and no telephone appearance is made. If the hearing or appearance is taken off calendar by the Court, there is no charge for the telephonic appearance.

You must cancel the original appearance date in order to receive a refund. All cancellations must be completed online by 8:00AM on the day of the hearing to receive a refund. Full refunds including the $5 fee will only be issued for cases that were cancelled or continued by the Court without being heard (not for cases where a hearing occurred and resulted in a continuance). If your hearing date is continued without being heard, you MUST cancel the original appearance date and reschedule/complete a new transaction for the continued date. You must also submit a written request for a refund of the $5 fee. Payments WILL NOT transfer to another date or appearance. If your hearing results in a continuance, you must complete a new transaction if you wish to appear telephonically on the continued date.

Provided you have cancelled your appearance by 8:00AM on the day of the hearing, a refund of $81 will be credited back to your account. If you feel you are entitled to also receive a refund of the $5 fee or a refund of any other vCourt fees, you must submit your request in writing to the Court attention:

Marin County Superior Court
PO Box 4988
San Rafael, CA 94913

Please include the case name and number, attorney or party name, address where refund should be sent, receipt number, original date of payment, amount of refund being requested, and the reason for refund. Refund requests must be sent within 30 days of the original date of payment. Letters may include more than one case for which a refund is being requested. Any refunds resulting from a written request will be issued in the form of a check.

Receipt of Payment

After scheduling you telephonic appearance, you will receive an email confirmation. The confirmation will contain the toll-free number to dial-in for the telephonic appearance, a conference ID, and a PIN. If you do not receive a confirmation within two hours, call (415) 444-7260 for assistance. You will also receive an email reminder the day prior to the hearing.

On the Day of Appearance

Call the toll-free number provided in your email confirmation at least fifteen (15) minutes before your scheduled hearing time. When prompted, dial the conference ID and PIN stated on your confirmation. The clerk will check you in, and you will then wait until you case is called.
  1. Call in from a QUIET AREA - eliminate as much background and ambient noise as possible.
  2. Speak directly into a telephone handset - no speaker phones are permitted as they compromise the quality of the call.
  3. Avoid using the "hold" button on the telephone.

Any party calling after the check-in period shall be considered late for the hearing and shall be sanctioned in the same manner as if personally appearance late for the hearing.

Parties appearing telephonically shall state their names clearly for the record each time they speak and shall participate in the appearance with the same degree of coutesy and courtroom decorum as is required for a personal appearance. Disruptive behavior on the vCourt line will not be tolerated by the Court.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact vcourt@marincourt.org or call (415) 444-7260.

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