Streaming FAQs

Q: When starting the stream, I see an agenda, but a black video screen instead of actual live video. Is something wrong?

A:  Court may not have started yet, has paused for the lunch hour or has ended for the day.

You may have a problem with your computer, Internet connection or web browser.  Trying a different web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc.) may help.

Q: Is technical support available?

A: We are unable to provide technical support for streaming.

Q: Are streams of past oral arguments available to view or for purchase?

A: At this time, an archive of streams is not available. However a CD of the audio recording can be purchased.

Oral Argument Calendars

Electronic Devices for use at Oral Argument

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.

Oral Argument by Teleconference/Court Call

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.

Court Holidays

Holiday schedule
The California courts will be closed in observance of the following holidays:

Holiday 2017
New Year's Day Monday, Jan 2
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Monday, Jan 16
Lincoln's Birthday Monday, February 13
Washington's Birthday Monday, February 20
César Chávez Day Friday, March 31
Memorial Day Monday, May 29
Independence Day Tuesday, July 4
Labor Day Monday, September 4
Columbus Day Monday, October 9
Veterans Day Friday, November 10
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 23
Day after Thanksgiving Friday, November 24
Christmas Day Monday, December 25
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