Zoom Court. So, you got a notice to appear for court, only instead of it being in a courtroom it is on your computer screen. Hi, I’m attorney Stefanie Dorn I practice in criminal law and also do a lot of expungements. First of all, most Washington state courts are doing some form of zoom court due to Covid 19. But what is being developed is likely going to stick around probably in some way shape and form. In terms of the advantages, it can make it a lot easier to not have to take a day off work and appear electronically. In terms of the disadvantages, people can sometimes feel like they don’t have the same nature communication with their lawyer and the court. I think it’s really important to communicate with your lawyer about the hearing and how it is going to go.
I always try and keep a text message chain going with my clients because the zoom platform defaults to automatically messaging everyone, so it is nice to have a second chain of communication. Generally, you keep your video and audio off until it is your turn or until you are ready to go. The Court still expects the same type of decorum, no your honor, yes, your honor. You can still do an awkward stranding up when the judge enters the room and all the same rules of court generally apply. So, if you have questions about your upcoming zoom hearing or expungement and criminal defense in Washington State, feel free to give my office a call.