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Family Law - Virtual Courtroom (Zoom) Instructions & Responsibilities

January 20, 2021

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In response to the COVID-19 state of emergency and to provide access to the Court under shelter in place orders, Stanislaus Superior Court, Family Law Division is implementing “Virtual Court” via remote video technology for contested hearings by stipulation of the parties.

These Instructions & Responsibilities are designed to ensure full and fair hearings for all participants and to mitigate to the extent feasible any difficulties or disadvantages inherent in the technology.

The judge presiding over the virtual courtroom has the same authority to enforce these Instructions & Responsibilities, as the judge has presiding over a non-virtual hearing or trial.  (Code Civ. Proc., § 128(a)). 


  1. Be on time
    Please ensure all equipment is fully tested in advance so that you are ready when court starts. Stanislaus Superior Court is not responsible to provide technical assistance.

    * Please see the Court’s Zoom Quick Start guideEnglish Instructions and Spanish Instructions.  For detailed audio/video guidelines and troubleshooting please see:  *

  2. Frame the camera correctly
    When you're on video make sure to:
    1. Frame your camera in a way that feels natural and allows you to look directly at the camera.
    2. Choose a spot where the background is courtroom appropriate and with no bright lights behind you.
    3. Always speak into the computer microphone and do not get up and walk around during hearings.
    4. Turn your camera off unless actively participating in the hearing, this will reduce the number of concurrent participants on the screen.
  3. Wear Court-appropriate attire
    All persons who appear in any virtual courtroom shall dress appropriately as if they were appearing in person in a traditional courtroom setup. The following shall not be worn while appearing via video: sunglasses, hats, tank tops, or any other attire inconsistent with the traditional dignity of the court.

  4. Mute yourself when not speaking
    Even though you may not be speaking and think you are being quiet, most microphones (including phones) can pick up minor background noises, like coughs, sneezes, paper handling, or typing. These sounds can easily distract other participants, including the court reporter who might not be able to properly transcribe the proceeding.
  5. Let everybody know who is speaking
    In the virtual courtroom, it is very important that participants know who is talking. Please start speaking by stating your name, and then speak as slowly and clearly as you can. This will help the Judge, clerk, court reporter, and everyone else to understand what you are saying.
  6. No recording or broadcasting allowed
    Photographing, videotaping, televising, or otherwise recording any virtual court proceeding is prohibited unless a written request has been filed and approved by the Judge presiding at the proceeding prior to the commencement of the proceeding. No one may transmit, record, or take pictures in any portion of the video session except as permitted by these rules and Rule 1.150 of the California Rules of Court.

  7. Evidence
    Each participant is responsible for sharing evidence during a virtual proceeding.
    1. All exhibits will be pre-marked either numerically (for Petitioner) or alphabetically (for Respondent).
    2. The offering party will provide copies of all pre-marked exhibits to the opposing party or parties at least ten (10) days before trial. The offering party will also provide copies of any exhibits at least ten (10) days before trial to any witnesses that will be asked to testify regarding the exhibits or will be confronted with them during the course of their testimony.
    3. The offering party shall lodge with the Family Law Clerk's office all exhibits to be offered at trial at least ten (10) days before trial.
    4. If there are documents that were recently discovered or obtained after the ten (10) day period, or that are to be used solely for impeachment purposes, it is the offering party’s responsibility to ensure that true and correct copies are lodged with the Court in time for the hearing and that the exhibits or impeachment materials are viewable in real time on screen, and legible if written, to the Court and all participants, including witnesses, parties and/or their attorneys. Failure to comply with this requirement may be deemed, in the Court’s discretion, grounds to exclude such documents or exhibits from evidence.
  8. Interpreters
    If the case requires an interpreter:

    The Court will only supply an interpreter if one is available and the parties provide sufficient notice to the interpreter coordinator. (See Local Rules, rule 3.10 and rule 7.26(B) [Family Law].)

    Interpreter requests must be received a minimum of two (2) days prior to the hearing for the following languages: Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Tagalog, Portuguese, Arabic, Vietnamese, Russian, Korean, Tongan.

    If any other language is desired, a minimum of seven (7) days' notice is required; a timely request for an interpreter does not guarantee the Court will be able to supply one

    Please submit all interpreter requests through the Court's website.

    Counsel who need to have a private conversation with their client and are utilizing a Court provided interpreter, please phone the interpreter coordinator at 650-261-5023, and we will connect you with an interpreter on standby who may assist you.

  9. Reporters
    Remote reporting is not permitted.  An in-person court reporter may be obtained as per Local Rules.  (See Local Rules, rule 7.26(C).) 


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Both sites will be available from this page:

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Volunteer as a Court Appointed Temporary Judge

January 20, 2022

 Volunteer As A Court Appointed Temporary Judge

Have you ever thought about serving as a court-appointed temporary judge? If so, you are in luck! The Stanislaus County Superior Court is actively recruiting qualified members of the local Bar to sit as court-appointed temporary judges in the following departments:

* Traffic         * Small Claims         * Unlawful Detainer         *DCSS


The Stanislaus Superior Court is offering the following (required) classes on February 4, 2022:

Bench Conduct and Demeanor: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Instructors: Presiding Judge Robert B. Westbrook and Commissioner Lynne R. Meredith

How to Handle a Busy Traffic Calendar for Temporary Judges: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Commissioner Lynne R. Meredith


The Court has partnered with the Stanislaus County Bar Association (SCBA) to offer MCLE credit for these classes for FREE. Plus, lunch between the classes will be hosted by McCormick Barstow LLP in conjunction with the SCBA.

Register for these FREE MCLE classes and lunch by sending an email with contact information (name, Bar number, email address and phone number) to:

While the Court provides a modest monetary stipend to temporary judges, serving as a court-appointed temporary judge is a great way to give back to your community while doing something intellectually challenging and personally rewarding. Also, if you have ever thought of becoming a judge or commissioner, serving as a temporary judge is an invaluable experience.

We hope you can join us for these FREE MCLE classes and lunch on February 4. If you have any questions about the classes or requirements for being appointed as a temporary judge, please contact Orlando Rosales at (209) 530-3287 or go to California Courts: Temporary Judge Resources.

1 Both classes will be conducted in person at the Modesto Main Courthouse. If the COVID-19 pandemic interferes with our plan, the classes may be conducted virtually. All registered participants will be notified of any changes.


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