Family Law Hearings

Family Law and Domestic Violence Restraining Orders Hearings

How to Appear for Your Hearing

In certain circumstances, the San Diego Superior Court may allow appearances for hearings to be either in-person or remote.

To Appear In-Person:
Please arrive at the courthouse at least 30 minutes before your scheduled hearing and report directly to the assigned courtroom.

To Appear Remotely:
You can attend the hearing by video or audio conference using the free Microsoft Teams App, unless otherwise ordered by the court.

Family Departments Teams Links and Conference Phone Numbers

For tips on how to prepare for a virtual hearing, please refer to the Appearing for Hearings page for general information on using Microsoft Teams and continue reading below for information specific to Family Law virtual hearings.

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: 933 161 941#
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#
Central Courthouse Department 904 Central Department 904 Family Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 681 598 668#
Central Courthouse Department 1501 Central Department 1501 Family Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 691 062 335#
Central Courthouse Department 1603 Central Department 1603 Family Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 893 346 895#
Central Courthouse Department 1604 Central Department 1604 Family Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 425 971 355#
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 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 34 North Department 34 Family Hearings. +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 590 299 727#
South County Regional Department 4 South Department 4 Family Hearings +1 619-614-4567 United States, San Diego (Toll)
Conference ID: 939 481 030#
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 speak clearly and slowly. 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 SHALL 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. 010121-02.
     
  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.