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.
The Fifth Appellate District has a teleconference system that enables attorneys or pro per litigants to present oral arguments by telephone as an alternative to a personal appearance in court. All oral arguments by teleconference will be heard by the Justices on the bench in the courtroom, which is open to the public.
A Deputy Clerk will call participants at least one hour before oral argument to make sure the participant is going to be available for the teleconference at the pre-scheduled time. A second call will be made to each participant who will be connected to the live oral argument session at the time their case is called.
There is a charge for the teleconference appearance of $20.00 for each attorney or pro per litigant making oral arguments in a civil appeal. A check shall be made payable to the "State of California" and is to be tendered upon receiving the Court's billing letter. There is no charge for court-appointed counsel in any case, the Attorney General or counsel representing a state, county or other government agency.
The California courts will be closed in observance of the following holidays:
HOLIDAY 2014 New Year's Day Wednesday, Jan 1 Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Monday, Jan 20 Lincoln's Birthday Wednesday, Feb 12 Washington's Birthday Monday, Feb 17 César Chávez Day Monday, Mar 31 Memorial Day Monday, May 26 Independence Day Friday, Jul 4 Labor Day Monday, Sept 1 Columbus Day Monday, Oct 13 Veterans Day Tuesday, Nov 11 Thanksgiving Day Thursday, Nov 27 Day after Thanksgiving Friday, Nov 28 Christmas Day Thursday, Dec 25