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Remote Appearances

Alpine County Superior Court allows certain proceedings to be conducted remotely via Zoom. 

Remote Zoom Hearings

Traffic, Civil, Family Law, and Small Claims cases may be heard remotely via Zoom. 


Alpine County Superior Court allows all traffic matters to be heard remotely by video conference using Zoom. If you cannot appear by video, you may join the Zoom conference by audio only. There is no cost to appear by Zoom.

Alpine County Superior Court holds its Traffic Calendar every Monday at 10:00AM, unless: 

  • The Monday is a Court Holiday, and the calendar is shifted to the Tuesday of that week. 

To appear remotely via Zoom you will need to provide the court with an email address to receive your Zoom invite link. Please call the Clerk’s Office no later than the Wednesday preceding your scheduled appearance date as noted on your courtesy notice or citation. You will need to provide the clerk with a phone number as back-up.

Invites for the Traffic calendar are sent out the preceding Friday afternoon. If you requested a Zoom invite and did not receive it by this time, please call the Clerk's Office to confirm your contact information. 


Alpine County Superior Court hears Civil, Small Claims, and Family Law matters under the same "Civil" Calendar due to calendar size. The Civil Calendar is held every Tuesday starting at 10:00AM, unless: 

  • The Monday is a Court Holiday, and the calendar is shifted to the Wednesday of that week.

To appear via Zoom you will need to provide the court with a good and accurate email address to receive the Zoom invite link. You will need to provide the Clerk's Office with a phone number as back-up. 

Attorneys: If the email you are providing on your pleading is not the correct email for a Zoom invite, please provide the email and name of the attorney that will be attending the Zoom Hearing. 

Invites for the Civil calendar are sent out the preceding Monday afternoon. If a Notice of Remote Appearance was filed in your case and you did not receive a Zoom invite by this time, please call the Clerk's Office to confirm your contact information. 

Making Your Appearance

Any recording of a court proceeding held by video or teleconference, including “screen-shots” or other audio or visual copying of a hearing, is absolutely prohibited.

Before You Join the Hearing

  • Download Zoom to the device you plan to use for the hearing, and create an account if you do not have one. 
  • Use your full first and last name as it is shown on your driver's license or court documentation. It is recommended to include your case/ docket number if you have room. Please make sure you are not using a username or nickname that is inappropriate to be shown in court. 
  • If you are unfamiliar or uncomfortable with computer technology, please consider using the telephone call-in number in the Zoom invite to participate. 

How to Join 

  • Check your email for your Zoom Invite from the clerk email address. If you did not receive your invite, please contact the Clerk’s Office by the Friday preceding your hearing.
  • Join the Zoom Court Session 10 minutes before your scheduled time.
  • Clicking on the link will open your browser (if on a computer) and prompt you to either open your Zoom application or select “Launch Meeting.”
  • On a mobile device, clicking on the link will automatically open your Zoom application if installed.
  • After you connect, a screen should load showing your face. After you see this screen, click join with video.
  • Once you have joined, you will be placed into the Zoom Waiting Room. (When in the waiting room, you cannot hear or see the court proceedings. A courtroom clerk will  still be able to message you to make  requests or update you on the status of the proceedings. )
  • When the court is ready to hear your case, you will be allowed entry in the Zoom meeting from the waiting room.
  • You will then see a message to “join with computer audio”, or “join with internet audio”. Choose the one that will allow you to connect with your device.
  • Headset: We strongly recommend using headphones with a built-in microphone.
  • If you do not have a headset with a microphone, you may join the video portion with your computer and use your phone for audio.
  • Please keep yourself on mute until it is your turn to speak. When you are muted there is a red line through the microphone icon. You mute and unmute by clicking on this icon.
  • Make sure the video icon does not have a red line through it when you enter the virtual session. Enabling video will allow others to see you.
Call in Options
  • If connecting by phone (without video), you will need to dial one of the phone numbers listed under “Dial by Location” on your Zoom Invite.
  • When prompted, enter the meeting ID and Passcode.
  • Pressing *6 will mute and unmute your phone.

Helpful Tips and Reminders

If you are using a cell phone, tablet, laptop or other similar powered device to use Zoom that runs by battery power:

  • Make sure the device is plugged into a charging device during the hearing.
  • Make sure you have a reliable internet or phone connection.
  • If you are disconnected during the hearing, please try to reconnect via Zoom first. 
  • If you continue to have issues and cannot reconnect before or during your matter being heard, please call the Clerk's Office at (530) 694-2113. 

  • Please do not speak until the Judge calls your case.  
  • Speak slowly and clearly at all times

  • Announce your name before you begin speaking, and do not interrupt or otherwise speak over another person.

  • Once your matter has finished being heard, please disconnect/ leave the meeting.
  • Dress appropriately for court if you have enabled video.
  • Parties must appear in a quiet, private area with minimal background noise. Avoid noisy and echoing locations. 
  • No children are allowed to be present for the hearing unless specifically ordered by the Judge for this specific hearing. 

  • Your case may not be heard at the time the calendar is scheduled to start. The courtroom will keep you in the waiting room and admit you into the meeting and place you and all other participants on mute when ready.
  • Keep in mind that your case may not be called for up to an hour.

  • Please do not speak until the Judge calls your case.   
  • Once your matter has finished being heard, please disconnect/ leave the meeting.

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