Effective January 2014, litigants, including counsel and parties representing themselves, and media may bring a laptop or tablet device for use during oral argument. Such devices must be silenced and placed in “airplane mode.” No audio or video recording or photography of oral argument is permitted without prior court approval (see Cal. Rules of Court, rule 1.150). Anyone who fails to comply with these restrictions may be removed from the courtroom. The Court no longer requires prior notification or an Application when bringing e-devices to oral argument.
Any party appearing telephonically for oral argument shall use Court Call. Parties must make reservations on Court Call's website or by calling 1-866-582-6878 to schedule a telephonic appearance for oral argument. Currently, Court Call’s fees are $40 for the first 45 minutes and $7.50 for each additional 15-minute increment. Parties with Fee Waivers may participate in Court Call without paying any fees. Questions regarding telephonic appearances should be directed to Court Call.
If you are appearing telephonically the court requests that you use a landline telephone. The court prefers this type of device because landlines typically facilitate better two-way communication. If a landline telephone is not available and you must use a cellular phone, it is important that you pause occasionally during your argument to allow the justices to ask questions. Cellular phones do not always allow the speaker to hear if someone else is trying to speak at the same time. When appearing telephonically, it is important that you speak directly into the phone and not use the speaker feature. You should also choose a quiet location with minimal outside noise to ensure that the justices can hear your argument.
The California courts will be closed in observance of the following holidays:
|New Year's Day||Friday, Jan 1|
|Martin Luther King, Jr. Day||Monday, Jan 18|
|Lincoln's Birthday||Friday, Feb 12|
|President's Day||Monday, Feb 15|
|César Chávez Day||Thursday, Mar 31|
|Memorial Day||Monday, May 30|
|Independence Day||Monday, Jul 4|
|Labor Day||Monday, Sept 5|
|Columbus Day||Monday, Oct 10|
|Veterans Day||Friday, Nov 11|
|Thanksgiving Day||Thursday, Nov 24|
|Day after Thanksgiving||Friday, Nov 25|
|Christmas Day||Monday, Dec 26|