Virtual Traffic Court Sessions - ALPHA

(NOT YET OPERATIONAL)

Incline Justice Court is initiating a pilot program to allow traffic Defendants to appear via video for their arraignment.

Defendants who wish to appear for their Arraignment Hearings in this way must make their appearance before the date/time set forth on their citation.

It is important that you read, understand and follow these instructions.  Failure to do so may result in your inability to participate.

At Least 24 Hours Prior to Hearing

Each Defendant must notify the Court of their intention to appear via video no later than 24 hours prior to the hearing by sending an email to the Court at .   Included with the notice must be any documentation that the Defendant wishes the Court to consider.  Likely documents will include driver's licenses, proof of insurance or proof of registration.  In addition to the documentation, in the email you must provide the Court with the following:

            Legal Name:

            Citation Number:

            Mailing Address:

            Physical Address:

            Best Phone Number:

            Best Email:

If the Defendant plans to enter a Not Guilty Plea, he or she must fill out and execute a Waiver form (add link to form) and submit it to the Court along with the above described documentation at least 24 hours prior to the hearing (see above).  The Waiver form must be actually signed.  A typed "signature" will not be accepted.  If in doubt as to whether the Defendant plans to enter a Not Guilty Plea, it is recommended that the Defendant submits a Waiver form.  If the Defendant instead enters a Guilty or No Contest Plea at the hearing, the Waiver will be disregarded.

The Court uses BlueJeans for the video hearing.  All parties should load the appropriate BlueJeans app to their device well prior to the start of the hearing.

The Hearing

The Virtual Traffic Court Session will open thirty (30) minutes prior to the hearing time and Defendants may login at that time.  The Calendar will be handled in order of our receipt of the emailed notices to appear.

Defendants should be sure that the device they are using to access the Hearing is fully charged or plugged in and that they are in an area of good reception with a quiet background. 

Participants should click on the appropriate link at the bottom of this page to participate in the session.  Participants should click on the "Participant" link.  Participants are those people who have a citation pending before the Court and wish to enter a plea and address the Court regarding their matter.  These Participants are also known as "Defendants."  Observers are welcome to view the proceedings and should click on the "Observer" link.  Observers are not allowed to participate and will only be able to view and hear the proceedings.

The Hearing will be recorded.

As the Defendants will be visible, appropriate dress is required.

The Court will swear in all Defendants and talk about the session with all Defendants and then take the Defendants' matters one by one.  

Defendants entering a Not Guilty Plea will then be given a date to come into Court for his or her Pretrial Conference.  A Pretrial Conference is a meeting between the Defendant, the Defendant's attorney (if any) and the Deputy District Attorney to see if the matter can be resolved.  If the matter is not resolved at the Pretrial Conference, it will be set for Trial.  At this time, the Court is unable to handle Pretrial Conferences or Trials virtually and all Defendants must appear in person for those proceedings.

If a Defendant enters a Guilty or No Contest Plea, he or she will be found guilty and sentenced at the hearing.  Once sentenced, the Judge will transfer the matter to the Court's clerk for payment of the fines and receipt of the paperwork from the Court.

After the Hearing

Immediately after the Defendant’s appearance before the Judge, he or she will be sent to the Court’s Clerk to receive paperwork and final instructions

Defendants who entered a Not Guilty Plea will need to appear in person at any Pretrial Conferences or Trials.  These Defendants were given a day and time for the Pretrial Conference at the hearing and provided a document by the Court’s Clerk immediately after the hearing.

Defendants who entered a Guilty or No Contest Plea were sentenced by the Court.  The Court’s Clerk will provide these Defendants with the Case Summary and any Orders from the Court.  If a fine or fee was imposed, the Defendant must pay by the end of the day of the hearing unless other arrangements were made with the Judge.  In this instance, payment must be made by credit card by clicking here or on our “Payments” link at the top of our webpage.

Thank you for participating in our pilot program.   Please use our Survey form to provide us with any suggestions.

Hearing Links

Please click on the appropriate link below to attend the hearing:

Participants:

April 25, 2019 - www.bluejeans.com/participant_session_190425 

Observers:

April 25, 2019 - www.bluejeans.com/observer_session_190425