Remote Appearances

Technology options available to conduct remote hearings

These options are available in all three Courts:  

  • Chesterfield Circuit Court
  • Chesterfield General District Court
  • Chesterfield Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court

Telephone

The Court and all parties “appear” via telephone (audio only).

Video conference

The Court and all parties “appear” by audio and video. The Court cannot provide troubleshooting or technical support to parties appearing remotely via video conference. There currently are two possible options.

Polycom

The Supreme Court of Virginia indicates the use of Polycom is suitable for cases that involve attorneys, client/defendant physically with an attorney if applicable, all levels of government personnel (federal, state, local), correctional facilities (prisons, jails, juvenile detention homes), and hospitals. The Supreme Court of Virginia does not recommend the Polycom service for the general public/pro se litigants. If the Court authorizes a hearing via Polycom, all parties will be required to download the Polycom RealPresence Mobile app. The Court will provide connection information upon authorization of the hearing.

WebEx

The Supreme Court of Virginia indicates use of WebEx to meet video conferencing needs of the general public/pro se parties. If the Court authorizes a hearing via WebEx, all parties will be required to download the WebEx app. The Court will provide connection details upon authorization of the hearing.

The Courts cannot use the following applications for remote hearings:

  • Zoom
  • Skype
  • FaceTime

If you would like to appear remotely, please fill out and submit the Motion for Remote Hearing to the appropriate Court’s Clerk’s Office.

Non-emergency matters

If all parties agree to appear remotely in a non-emergency hearing, pending approval by the presiding Judge, the matter can proceed.  Please fill out the Motion for Remote Hearing.