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1. What is a remote court hearing?

Posted on Jun 2, 2020 in

A remote court hearing means that you and the other participants may be participating from somewhere other than the courtroom using videoconferencing. The judge and court staff will be in the courtroom. You will be able to see and hear the judge and other participants.

The Hawaii State Judiciary is offering this service to minimize in-person contact during the COVID-19 pandemic and give you the opportunity to participate more safely and conveniently.

The Judiciary is using Cisco Webex Cloud or Zoom to provide the videoconferencing service. Each court decides which one to use. Both of them are free and can be accessed on a home computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. You will need internet access or a data plan that allows you to view video.

If you do not have internet or the data to participate by video, you can call a toll-free phone number to participate by phone only. The court may also choose to call you if you provide your phone number in advance. For instructions on how to participate in your remote hearing please refer to the instructions from the court.

General information about how to use the Cisco Webex and Zoom video and phone features can be found on the Judiciary website.  Links are in the boxed area on the right side of this page, or on the bottom of the page if you are using a smartphone or tablet.