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Superior Court of California - County of San Diego: Family & Children: Family Law Virtual Hearings
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Family Law Virtual Hearings


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the San Diego Superior Court (Court) will conduct virtual family law hearings. Participants can attend the hearing remotely by video conferencing using the free Microsoft Teams app OR by telephone.


Family Departments Teams Links and Conference Phone Numbers


Preparing for the hearing

Days prior to the hearing, download the free Teams app on your mobile device or computer. See instructions below for how to setup your device or computer with Teams to join by video conferencing.

  1. Instructions for mobile devices like tablets and smart phones. (Video)

  2. Instructions for personal computers running Microsoft Windows or Apple operating systems. (Video)

Joining the hearing

  1. From your device or computer, refer to the list of family law departments below. Click on the Teams link assigned to the department that will hear your case.

  2. Join the hearing from a room with no or minimal background noise.

  3. Join the hearing 30 minutes prior to the start time indicated in your hearing notice so the clerk can check you in.

Tips for participants who join the Teams meeting (video conferencing)

  1. Click on the Teams link assigned to the department that will hear your case. Refer to the instructions on setting up Teams on your device or computer if you have not done so.

  2. Teams will launch and show the following screen. Fill in the Enter name field with 'First Name Last Name - Party description' (for example: 'Amy Smith - Petitioner' or 'Robert Jones - Attorney for Petitioner'). Click Join Now and ensure you have muted your mic before joining as pictured.



  3. All participants will wait separately in a lobby. You will see a screen indicating 'Someone in the meeting should let you in soon'. The court clerk will admit each participant into the hearing when ready to do so. Please wait patiently and do not exit the lobby if you are not immediately admitted. If you have joined the meeting early, or if the Court is delayed, the lobby may time out. If this occurs, please re-join the meeting.



  4. After the clerk admits you into the meeting, you will hear and see the courtroom and other participants. The clerk may ask you to confirm your name. Please unmute your mic and enable your camera.

Tips for participants who join the meeting by phone (teleconferencing)

  1. Alternatively, participants can join the hearing by telephone, by dialing the conference number assigned to the department conducting the hearing, conference ID followed by #. Press * 6 to mute or unmute your phone or if your phone has a mute button you may use that instead. The Court can also mute participants who have joined the hearing by telephone.

  2. Participants should not place the Court on hold, or put the phone on speakerphone, as this will decrease audio quality. If a participant is experiencing poor video quality during a hearing or cannot maintain a connection through the desktop app or web version, they can join via the teleconferencing option.

  3. Please refer to the safety tip section below before calling into the hearing.


IMPORTANT: Please be advised that the MS Teams Links may change. Please check and refer to this page on the date of your hearing to ensure that you are using the most current department conference link or telephone conference ID number.
Family Departments Teams Links and Conference Phone Numbers

Location Courtroom Teams Link Teams Conference Phone
Central Courthouse Presiding Dept. 1002 Central Department 1002 Family Hearings 1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 759 159 823#
Central Courthouse Department 601 Central Department 601 Family Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 218 771 265#
Central Courthouse Department 602 Central Department 602 Family Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 956 240 761#
Central Courthouse Department 603 Central Department 603 Family Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 656 250 218#
Central Courthouse Department 604 Central Department 604 Family Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 448 059 761#
Central Courthouse Department 701 Central Department 701 Family Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 778 603 378#
Central Courthouse Department 702 Central Department 702 Family Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 974 078 768#
Central Courthouse Department 703 Central Department 703 Family Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 337 148 29#
Central Courthouse Department 704 Central Department 704 Family Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 521 271 754#
Central Courthouse Department 801 Central Department 801 Family Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 385 927 471#
Central Courthouse Department 802 Central Department 802 Family Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 328 843 933#
Central Courthouse Department 803 Central Department 803 Family Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 169 173 868#
Central Courthouse Department 804 Central Department 804 Family Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 151 510 869#
Central Courthouse Department 901 Central Department 901 Family Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 503 688 950#
Central Courthouse Department 902 Central Department 902 Family Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 408 957 613#
Central Courthouse Department 903 Central Department 903 Family Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 786 553 920#
North County Regional Department 15 North Department 15 Family Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 121 056 564#
North County Regional Department 16 North Department 16 Family Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 468 636 021#
North County Regional Department 17 North Department 17 Family Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 943 007 414#
North County Regional Department 18 North Department 18 Family Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 994 688 169#
North County Regional Department 19 North Department 19 Family Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 664 444 853#
North County Regional Department 8 North Department 8 Family Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 441 435 460#
North County Regional Department 34 All hearings in this department will be heard in Central Department 803. Please refer to the Central Department 803 link or conference phone number to join the hearing.
South County Regional Department 4 South Department 4 Family Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 433 795 30#
South County Regional Department 6 South Department 6 Family Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 688 549 048#
South County Regional Department 12 South Department 12 Family Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 631 748 075#
South County Regional Department 17 South Department 17 Family Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 912 138 287#
East County Regional Department 5 East Department 5 Family Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 720 260 45#
East County Regional Department 6 East Department 6 Family Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 775 482 231#
East County Regional Department 7 East Department 7 Family Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 212 408 369#
East County Regional Department 8 East Department 8 Family Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 810 939 08#
IMPORTANT: Please be advised that the MS Teams Links may change. Please check and refer to this page on the date of your hearing to ensure that you are using the most current department conference link or telephone conference ID number.

Procedures During the Hearing

  1. At the beginning of a calendar being called, the Judges will set forth guidelines for the proceedings. Listen closely for further direction.

  2. Hearings may be called out of numerical order so be sure to pay attention as the calendar is being called. You’ll need to answer “present” at the appropriate time.

  3. All participants shall place their microphones on mute unless they are speaking or wish to make an objection.

  4. All efforts shall be undertaken not to interrupt other speakers during the hearing, unless it is necessary to assert an objection. Please keep in mind a court reporter is transcribing the proceeding so speak clearly and slowly. Please do not interrupt when another party or the judge is speaking.

  5. If an interpreter is necessary, all participants shall speak slowly, in short complete sentences or questions, and allow time for translation. No one shall respond to a question posed by another participant until the question has been translated.

  6. Participants MAY NOT record the video conference. ADVISORY: This virtual hearing MAY NOT be photographed, recorded (audio or video), or re-broadcast without prior written judicial authorization consistent with California Rules of Court, rule 1.150, and San Diego Superior Court General Order of the Presiding Department, Order No. 010120-02.

  7. All participants are required to ensure that no minor children are able hear or see the videoconference hearings.

  8. All participants are required to identify anyone who may be observing the proceedings with them. This is essential to ensure the credibility of testimony.

Guidelines for Participants

  1. For the purpose of this guidance, a participant includes a party, an attorney or a witness.

  2. This information is provided as guidance. The conduct of the hearing remains a matter for the presiding judicial officer. Participants should follow any direction given by the judicial officer.

  3. The behavior, manner and presentation of a participant should be the same as if they were attending the Court hearing in person. This includes addressing the Judge correctly as “Your Honor” and addressing Counsel politely and courteously.

  4. The participant is to ensure that there will be no interruptions or distractions for the duration of their appearance at the hearing.

  5. If participants are unable to give uninterrupted evidence, they should advise the clerk or their attorney as soon as practical.

  6. A participant should have a copy of all pleadings and documents necessary for the hearing.

  7. A participant that plans to examine a witness must ensure the witness has a copy of documents to which they may be referred.

  8. Participants are not permitted to use or access their phones during the hearing except to communicate with their attorney of record as permitted by the judge.

  9. If an objection is made all participants must stop speaking and wait for the Court’s ruling on the objection. An attorney or self-represented party can ask to be heard on the objection after it is made. The Court may also request a response to an objection.

  10. Where an objection is made and discussions are required in the absence of the witness, the witness may be asked to mute their computer or otherwise be virtually ejected from the meeting space and invited to re-join when the objection has been dealt with.

  11. The Court will hold all hearings to a strict time estimate. It is best not to repeat arguments in the written pleadings as the Court has read and reviewed those documents.

  12. Once the Court has heard from all litigants the matter will be submitted for decision. Once submitted the Court will make a ruling and no further argument shall be considered.

Safety in virtual hearings

Litigants should be mindful of their personal safety when participating in virtual hearings, including by considering the following:

  1. If joining the hearing using video, consider turning on background blur, or sitting in front of a neutral background such as a blank wall, blind or door.

  2. If there are safety concerns about appearing with video turned on, the Judge may permit litigants to participate in the hearing using only audio.

  3. If joining a Microsoft Teams hearing by telephone, participants may switch caller ID off before dialing the conference number. If caller ID is on, participants should be aware that their phone number will be displayed in the Microsoft Teams meeting to others participating using the desktop app, web browser version or smartphone app (but will not be visible to other participants also dialing in on the telephone). Switching caller ID off means that only a random 9-digit number will be shown.

  4. Be sure to set aside time to participate in the hearing distraction-free and without children present.

Technology tips

  1. Use a headset, or headphones that have a microphone (such as most headphones that come with smartphones), to avoid echo and increase audio quality. Ensure you select the headphones in the settings for ‘Devices’ as the microphone and speaker. If you have the volume turned up and audio coming through the speakers of your device, it may be picked up by your microphone and create an echo. If other participants are complaining of echo and you cannot hear any echo, it is likely that you are the cause.

  2. Ensure you are in a quiet, distraction free location with good lighting and minimal background noise.

  3. Participants should have their microphone muted and cameras switched off when they are not speaking or not required to be seen, as directed by the Judge.

  4. If appearing by telephone, do not place the Court on hold. Speak directly into the phone or headset. Do not place the phone on speakerphone, as it will decrease audio quality.

  5. Ensure devices are fully charged before the hearing and have chargers nearby. Videoconferencing can drain the battery of devices.

Final word

We recognize that these are new procedures and challenging times for everyone. We are here to help and do our best to make sure your case is timely heard. With practice and patience, we will all get more proficient with these new technologies and platforms. Thank you.










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