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Superior Court of California - County of San Diego: Criminal: Criminal Out of Custody Virtual Hearings
Criminal Out of Custody Virtual Hearings


Starting September 10, the San Diego Superior Court (Court) will conduct Criminal Out-of-Custody hearings. Defendants can attend their hearing by video conference by using the free Microsoft Teams App (Teams) or attend their hearing in a “walk-up” courtroom in the assigned courthouse.


1. Attend remotely by video conferencing using Microsoft Teams


Criminal Out-of-Custody Departments' MS Teams Links and Teleconference Phone Numbers


Preparing for the hearing

Days before the hearing, download the free Teams App on your mobile device or computer. See instructions below for how to set up your device or computer with Teams to join by video conference.

  1. Instructions for mobile devices like tablets and smartphones.



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



Joining the hearing

  1. From your device or computer, refer to the list of MS Teams links assigned to the departments below. You will find the courtroom on your notice or court paperwork. 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 before the start time indicated in your hearing notice so the courtroom 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 - Defendant' or 'Robert Jones - Attorney for Defendant or R. Jones, Badge ##### - Officer/Deputy'). Click Join Now and ensure you have muted your mic before joining as pictured.



  3. All participants will wait separately in a virtual lobby. You will see a screen indicating 'Someone in the meeting should let you in soon'. The courtroom 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 courtroom clerk admits you into the meeting, you will hear and see the courtroom and other participants. The courtroom clerk may ask you to confirm your name and address. Please unmute your mic and enable your camera.

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

  1. If you are unable to appear by video conference or if you have technical difficulties such as poor video quality or a poor internet connection during a video conference hearing, join the hearing by telephone by dialing the conference number assigned to the department conducting the hearing, conference ID followed by #. The judicial officer will decide whether the proceeding can continue by teleconference, or if the matter will be continued to a later time when you can appear by video conference or the court has resumed in-person hearings.
    Muting and unmuting your phone:
    1. Press * 6 to mute or unmute your phone, or if your phone has a mute button, you may use that instead.
    2. The Court can also mute participants who have joined the hearing by telephone.

    Participants should not place the Court on hold, or put the phone on speakerphone, as this will decrease audio quality.

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


ADVISORY: Several court hearings are being conducted virtually. Virtual hearings SHALL NOT be photographed, recorded (audio or video), or rebroadcast 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. 010121-02. Any unauthorized recording, photography, or rebroadcast without prior written judicial authorization may be a basis for a citation for contempt of court or an order imposing monetary or other sanctions as provided by law. (Cal. Rules of Court, rule 1.150(f).)

  
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Criminal Out of Custody Departments' MS Teams Links and Conference Phone Numbers

*** Note: Cases scheduled for appearances at Central Courthouse in MA, 1504 and 201 for Misdemeanor Arraignment may be accessed using the Central Courthouse Department 201 Video Hearings link. Appearances at Central Courthouse in FA and 1703 for Felony Arraignment may be accessed using the Central Courthouse Department 101 Video Hearings link.

Location Courtroom MS Teams Link MS Teams Conference Phone
Central Department 101 Central Court Department 101 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 873 161 705#
Central Department 102 Central Court Department 102 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 133 840 360#
Central Department 201 Central Court Department 201 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 960 461 237#
Central Department 202 Central Court Department 202 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 870 135 253#
Central Department 904 Central Court Department 904 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 443 058 945#
Central Department 1001 Central Court Department 1001 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 565 777 361#
Central Department 1101 Central Court Department 1101 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 571 786 359#
Central Department 1102 Central Court Department 1102 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 263 362 683#
Central Department 1103 Central Court Department 1103 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 689 795 679#
Central Department 1203 Central Court Department 1203 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 196 784 944#
Central Department 1301 Central Court Department 1301 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 355 346 77#
Central Department 1302 Central Court Department 1302 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 772 255 49#
Central Department 1401 Central Court Department 1401 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 935 560 086#
Central Department 1402 Central Court Department 1402 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 102 439 097#
Central Department 1502 Central Court Department 1502 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 987 333 679#
Central Department 1504 Central Court Department 1504 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 960 461 237#
Central Department 1602 Central Court Department 1602 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 487 189 541#
Central Department 1603 Central Court Department 1603 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 787 060 414#
Central Department 1604 Central Court Department 1604 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 869 938 987#
Central Department 1702 Central Court Department 1702 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 274 531 69#
Central Department 1703 Central Court Department 1703 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 873 161 705#
Central Department 1704 Central Court Department 1704 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 863 258 86#
Central Department 1802 Central Court Department 1802 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 672 844 874#
Central Department 1804 Central Court Department 1804 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 990 461 174#
Central Department 1901 Central Court Department 1901 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 801 931 622#
Central Department 1902 Central Court Department 1902 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 373 821 583#
Central Department 1903 Central Court Department 1903 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 647 493 326#
Central Department 1904 Central Court Department 1904 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 627 698 035#
Central Department 2004 Central Court Department 2004 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 603 550 293#
Central Department 2102 Central Court Department 2102 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 817 504 401#
Central Department 2103 Central Court Department 2103 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 388 156 74#
Central Department 2104 Central Court Department 2104 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 767 308 734#
Central Department 2201 Central Court Department 2201 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 340 124 580#
Central Department 2202 Central Court Department 2202 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 960 461 237#
Central Department 2203 Central Court Department 2203 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 870 135 253#
Central Department 2204 Central Court Department 2204 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 475 118 011#
North Department 2 North County Department 2 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 397 453 353#
North Department 5 North County Department 5 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 696 626 453#
North Department 6 North County Department 6 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 901 607 297#
North Department 7 North County Department 7 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 858 861 162#
North Department 14 North County Department 14 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 278 383 138#
North Department 20 North County Department 20 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 659 619 055#
North Department 21 North County Department 21 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 460 245 088#
North Department 22 North County Department 22 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 873 745 794#
North Department 23 North County Department 23 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 569 120 423#
North Department 24 North County Department 24 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 290 889 896#
North Department 26 North County Department 26 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 640 982 745#
North Department 30 North County Department 30 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 362 430 485#
East Department 3 East County Department 3 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 912 712 493#
East Department 4 East County Department 4 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 727 871 78#
East Department 9 East County Department 9 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 122 976 363#
East Department 10 East County Department 10 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 894 235 009#
East Department 11 East County Department 11 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 177 472 005#
East Department 16 East County Department 16 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 282 184 214#
East Department 17 East County Department 17 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 720 771 130#
South Department 3 South County Department 3 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 293 803 044#
South Department 8 South County Department 8 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 356 471 66#
South Department 9 South County Department 9 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 343 131 236#
South Department 10 South County Department 10 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 943 728 067#
South Department 12 South County Department 12 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 738 503 976#
South Department 14 South County Department 14 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 412 325 714#
South Department 16 South County Department 16 Video Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 490 472 321#

Mandatory Supervision Department MS Teams Link and Conference Phone Numbers

Location Courtroom MS Teams Link MS Teams Conference Phone
Central Department 1201 Central Court Department 1201 Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 132 473 320#
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 judge will set forth guidelines for the proceedings. Listen carefully for further direction.

  2. Hearings may be called out in case number order or by party names, so be sure to pay attention as the calendar is being called. You will 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 do not interrupt when another party or the judge is speaking. Please keep in mind that the proceedings are being electronically recorded by the Court so speak clearly and slowly.

  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. 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.

  7. 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 the meeting when the objection has been addressed.

  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.

  9. The Court will hold all hearings to a strict time estimate. Thus, participants are encouraged to not to repeat arguments included in their written pleadings already submitted to the Court.

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

  11. Participants SHALL NOT record the video conference or teleconference. ADVISORY: The virtual hearing MAY NOT be photographed, recorded (audio or video), or rebroadcast 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. Please be advised that any unauthorized recording, photography, or rebroadcast without prior written judicial authorization may be a basis for a citation for contempt of court or an order imposing monetary or other sanctions as provided by law. (Cal. Rules of Court, rule 1.150(h).)


2. Attend hearing at the courthouse

  1. Please arrive at the courthouse 30 minutes before your scheduled hearing.
  2. When you arrive at the courthouse lobby entrance, convey to the sheriff deputy your intent to attend your criminal hearing.
  3. If you are represented by public defender’s office, you will be directed to the public defender’s table at the courthouse lobby.
  4. If you have a retained counsel, you should follow the direction they provide you on appearing.


3. Additional Information

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 will 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 courtroom 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 or as required to participate in the hearing or as permitted by the judge.

Safety in virtual hearings

Participants 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, window blinds or door.

  2. If there are safety concerns about appearing with video turned on, the judge may permit a party 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 the 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 become more proficient with the new technologies and platforms. Thank you.











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