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Guidelines for Decorum in Remote Hearings

Follow these best practices to ensure a smooth experience for everyone.
  • Find a quiet, well-lit place for clear and distraction-free audio and video.
    • Turn off TVs, radios, and phone notifications.
    • If there are others around you, try moving to a room with a door you can close.
    • Do NOT join from a moving vehicle.
  • Do NOT record or broadcast the hearing in any way.
  • If possible, make sure your device is plugged into a power source and not running only off battery power.
  • If joining by video, find your device’s video camera and make sure it is uncovered. Position the camera at eye level so others can see you clearly.
  • Dress in solid colors, and be mindful of what is behind you. Check the lighting to make sure you can be seen by others.
  • Turn off your video if you're waiting for your hearing to start.
  • Use headphones, if possible, for the best sound quality and the fewest background noises.
  • Mute yourself when not speaking.
  • Speak one at a time and pause before speaking in case there is audio or video lag.
  • Enter your first and last name when you join. If you are an attorney, identify which party you represent. For example, Joan Lawyer, Attorney for the Petitioner.