US Housing Court Virtual Hearings

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US Housing Court Virtual Hearings

Analysis was undertaken regarding the procedures of 5 courts currently using virtual hearings to resolve housing matters: Cleveland, Massachusetts, Kansas City, Cowlitz County and Dekalb County.

Cleveland Housing Court

Massachusetts Housing Court

Kansas City, Missouri Housing Court

  • Virtual hearings will take place until August 31. After that they will be optional but encouraged. Defendants in housing cases must schedule their virtual court appearance to take place prior to their scheduled court date. Otherwise, they must come to court on their scheduled court date.
  • There is a virtual calendar with hearing dates, times and courtrooms. Clicking on it opens an invitation with a Zoom link. There is also the option to dial in by phone using the Midwest (Chicago region) number and the meeting ID and Password. The judge admits people to the virtual hearing. Observers can watch virtual hearings through a YouTube live stream. Recordings are prohibited.

Cowlitz County, Washington District Court

  • Cowlitz County District Court is utilizing the Zoom platform for remote participation in court hearings including housing hearings. Parties should appear remotely, unless required to personally appear. The use of video is preferred and highly encouraged, but defendants may also appear for their hearing by telephone. Zoom telephone numbers are posted on the county website for this purpose.
  • Zoom information for each hearing is posted to the county website by the end of business the day prior. To view court proceedings, there are links on the county website to YouTube live streams for each courtroom.

Dekalb County Superior Court, Atlanta

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