Phone: (415) 444-7260
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.
Hearing Types That Do Not Require Court Approval
Hearing Types That Require Court Approval
The following hearing types are not eligible for telephonic appearances:
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 judicial approval has been previously granted for a hearing that is continued by the Court, or if approval for a telephonic appearance is 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.
Pursuant to California Rules of Court Rule 3.670(k)(1), the fee to appear by telephone is $94 for each case appearance, unless waived by order of the Court.
Pursuant to California Rules of Court Rule 3.670(k)(2), an additional late request fee of $30 will be charged for an appearance by telephone if the request is not made at least two (2) days before the scheduled appearance, except:
Pursuant to California Rules of Court Rule 3.670(k)(3), a $5 cancellation fee will 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 due to Court business, there is no charge for the telephonic appearance.
You must cancel the original appearance date in order to receive a refund. Cancellations for morning appearances must be completed online by 8:00AM and cancellations for afternoon appearances must be completed online by 12:00PM on the day of the hearing to receive a refund. Full refunds including the $5 cancellation fee will only be issued for cases that were cancelled or continued by the Court without being heard due to Court business (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 of up to fourteen (14) days by the Court, you do not need to reschedule your telephonic appearance. The Court will continue to hearing for you. If the hearing is more than fourteen (14) days, 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 $89 will be credited back to your account.
The $5 cancellation fee is refundable when:
Marin County Superior Court P.O. Box 4988 San Rafael, CA 94913-4988
Please include the case name and number, attorney or party name, receipt number, original date of payment, amount of refund being requested, and the reason for the refund. Refund requests must be sent within 30 days of the original date of payment.
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 before 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.
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 appearing 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 courtesy 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (415) 444-7260.
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