Finding the correct zoom code for court can be confusing and frustrating, but we are here to help! Just last year, using a zoom code to enter court was unheard of. Now, it is not unusual for our clients to use zoom to attend court hearings.
Thankfully, in Cook County, you may not have to physically go to court anymore for DUI, felony, misdemeanor, or traffic cases. You may now be allowed to utilize zoom to appear in court for these cases. In some instances, client’s cases can be automatically continued for months. If you don’t have legal representation, you can e-mail or text to get the information for your next court date.
It can be incredibly challenging to hunt down the zoom code to connect to each courtroom, courthouse, and each call time. Sometimes judges will issue general information, like the Chief Judge of Cook County did. Different zoom codes might be issued for different times and rooms.
You might see that there aren’t any zoom codes in the links provided above.
Access Cook County & Chicago Courts Zoom Codes:
Appearing in court on zoom is new and confusing for everyone. Here are some tips to successfully appear in your court case:
* Always keep your phone or computer on mute. To be sure that any background noise cannot be heard, this should always be your default setting.
* You are the only person who should appear on zoom for your case. No one else should watch on-screen, appear for you, or zoom in to watch along with you.
*Remember that this is still real court and you should be respectful and attentive. Try to go to a separate room away from pets, children, or any other loud distractions.
* Your name on your zoom “settings” should always be your real name. The judge should be able to tell who to let into the zoom courtroom. Many clients do not know that if you are using zoom on your cell phone, your name might appear incorrectly as “Phone 8.”
* Be respectful of everyone’s time. If you wouldn’t appear in physical court in your pajamas or freshly out of bed, do not do the same for zoom court cases.
* Speak to your lawyer in advance, and do not talk to the judge directly or ask questions unless you have been instructed to do so. Your lawyer should answer all of your questions. You can seriously hurt the credibility of your case if you speak out out-of-turn, argue, or try to chat with the judge. Overall, remember that while zoom court is new and takes place in your home, be respectful and follow the rules of the regular courtroom.
It can be frustrating trying to navigate the rules of the zoom courtroom and zoom court continuances. Our lawyers can help direct you through this process. Call or message us today if you need answers to your questions.