Department / Chamber 2 — Room 118
Jeanne Bender, Law Clerk
Colin Davidson, Law Clerk
Karen Fearce, Courtroom Deputy
Appearance by telephone is a courtesy extended by the Court. An attorney being out of the city or state does not constitute an automatic telephonic appearance.
For permission to appear by phone, the party should notify the courtroom deputy at least 48 to 72 hours before the hearing.
Prior to the telephonic appearance, please provide the attorney’s name, the party’s name, and a direct-line telephone number, should an audio problem or malfunction occur. The courtroom deputy may attempt to contact the parties regarding a malfunction.
For the telephonic appearance, using a landline telephone is preferred to a cellular phone. Cellular phone calls may sometimes disconnect or may be difficult to hear if cellular reception is poor.
However, if a party uses a cell phone and the call is disconnected or there is a bad connection, the Court (being in session) may not able to notify the parties of the malfunction and will not attempt to re-connect the call. (The Court apologizes in advance for this inconvenience.)
Parties should call in five minutes before the scheduled hearing time, unless otherwise instructed by the courtroom deputy.
Parties are expected to be patient and wait on the line beyond the scheduled hearing time, because other cases may run beyond their scheduled time. The courtroom deputy will verify when the hearing is ready to be called.
If waiting beyond the scheduled time, please do not call the courtroom deputy. The courtroom deputy is in court and cannot receive phone calls.
Parties should mute their phone to block background noise and/or distractions. If the Court cannot hear the preceding, the Court may disconnect the call and no attempt to reconnect will be made.
Parties can monitor or listen in only if they are a party in the case and/or they have filed responsive pleadings.
If the party listening in is addressed by the Court, they should respond.
For questions and issues regarding telephonic appearance, please contact Judge Adler’s courtroom deputy.