Since the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual court has allowed for the courts to continue operations online via meeting platforms such as Zoom. Virtual court has allowed for the protection of public health, a reduction in court costs, and an increase in public accessibility. This article will discuss Zoom, one of the most commonly used digital conferencing platforms, as well as everything you need to know to prepare for a virtual hearing.
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How will I know if I have a virtual hearing via Zoom?
Information for your Zoom meeting will be provided in the order setting hearing. In the order setting hearing, you should receive both the Zoom meeting information, as well as any attached protocols specific to your court. If you have not received this information but are expecting it, contact your court coordinator.
How do I download Zoom?
You can access Zoom’s Android application by visiting Zoom’s Download Center. If you are using an iPhone, you should scroll down the page and select the "Get it on Google Play” icon.
You can also find the Zoom application in the Google Play Store by searching for “Zoom” in the search bar. Read Downloading the Zoom Mobile App for more step-by-step directions.
Further, clicking a Zoom invitation link will take you to Zoom’s website. From there, you will be prompted to download the application.
How do I join my Zoom call?
If your case will be held virtually, you should receive a “Notice of a Zoom Hearing” This notice will give you the information about the Zoom meeting ID as well as the date and time that you will need to join the meeting.
Sometimes, the court will include other information that may be relevant to your case. If you have not received this information, contact your court coordinator.
To join your Zoom call from the mobile app, open the app and then either select “Join a Meeting” or “Join” depending on if you are signed in. Then, enter the meeting ID number and your display name. Read How to join a Zoom meeting on the mobile app to see step-by-step instructions.
How can I access Zoom’s settings?
To access Zoom’s settings before your meeting, you need to click on the More ••• icon on the bottom-right corner of the screen.
To access Zoom’s settings during your meeting:
- Tap anywhere on your screen. The meeting controls toolbar will appear at the bottom of the meeting screen.
- With your finger, slide the controls toolbar at the bottom of your screen until you see the More ••• icon.
- Select the More ••• icon. This will show settings for Security, Meeting Settings, and Background & Effects. Select the Meeting Settings option.
- Once you select the Meeting Settings option, the screen to control your meeting settings will appear.
For more information on the Zoom iPhone app settings, read Changing settings in the desktop client/mobile app.
What else do I need to know to prepare for a virtual hearing?
To prepare for your case, you should review your court’s local rules. This will give you an idea of courtroom expectations. You should also review our information on Tips for the Courtroom as well as these two videos on preparing for both the legal and practical side of virtual court.
For more tips on using Zoom on an Android, read Getting started with Android from Zoom Support.
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