Courtrooms across the country have been adapting to a new normal. Instead of in-person court appearances, the courts are taking advantage of technology and conducting proceedings online when allowed. This helps to alleviate some of the backlogs of cases and keeps your case moving forward. Thankfully family law issues, such as divorce and child custody, are some of the cases that are able to proceed. Here are some tips for proper online courtroom etiquette.
With court cases now being handled online, it is important that you know what to expect at your hearing. Most cases are being done using Zoom, which is a free video call program. It’s important that you pay close attention to any telephone calls, mail, and e-mails that are about your court cases. These will let you know when your court case will be heard by the judge. Setting up your account beforehand is vital so everything is in working order by the time you’re scheduled to be in front of the judge.
After your Zoom account is activated and it’s time for your case to be heard, you will join in on the online hearing. Your attorney, the other party, and the judge will also appear online. Remember, the judge is still in charge and even though it may present itself as informal, respect is important. It’s imperative to act the way you would as if you were in an actual courtroom.
The behavior for an online court case should be handled the same as it would be for an in-person hearing. You should sign-in on time and join the virtual waiting room so that when the judge is ready, you’re ready. Remember to be respectful to the judge and others present. Turn off all other electronic devices and silence notifications so there are no interruptions.
Dressing appropriately is also important with an online courtroom hearing. You should wear business attire and present yourself in a clean, put-together fashion. No pajama pants or inappropriate clothing. Keep your setting in mind. Make sure the room you’ll be in is clean and bright so others can see you clearly. Keep distractions to a minimum. If you have pets you should keep them in a different room. Children should also not be in the room, if at all possible. It’s important to continue to present yourself in a professional manner.
At Family Matters Law Group we know that your upcoming court date is important. Family law cases shouldn’t be put on hold. Luckily, they can be done online. We’re committed to not only following state guidelines but also resolving your case in a timely manner. We will work with the courts to get your issues handled appropriately.
If you have an online courtroom date approaching, reach out to us here at Family Matters Law Group. A member of our experienced Atlanta family court attorney team can help you learn more about your specific case and what you can expect during your online court date.